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Stick a cork in it.

The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Pole combines crazy-light weight with the shock- and vibration-absorbing properties for a pole that adds precious stability without slowing you down.
  • Stiff, lightweight carbon shaft absorbs shock and vibration better than aluminum
  • The lightweight cork grip insulates and wicks moisture for added comfort
  • Interchangeable rubber or carbide tips allow you to adapt the pole to different environments
  • Easy to use and secure FlickLock clamps
  • Foam grip extension lets you choke up on the pole when you are side-hilling or attacking a steep section head-on

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5 5

Awesome Poles

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love these!

5 5

Good Poles!

Light, strong, easy to store. Not much else you could ask for. I haven't had any issues with the poles collapsing on themselves. Seem to be very sturdy. But I feel like if I did have a problem with that black diamond is a good enough company that they would make it right. Have only used them for hiking. They haven't seen any snow.

2 5

I had faith in these poles but...

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Starting with the pros: these poles are light! Super light! I couldn't believe I was actually holding something. Black Diamond did a great job as always with the handle/grip and although the adjustment process might seem a bit difficult, you get used to it really fast. The poles are also extremely light - in case I haven't told you that. Clearly marked every 5 cm for adjusting the height and for a medium person (5ft9") like myself, I found them ideal. Securing the poles' height is easy with the plastic clips offering good grip even with light gloves (haven't tried with snow gloves).

HOWEVER, despite the fact that they super light, the plastic clip tents to open after 1 mile of hiking. Yes, it unlocks. I found out on the left pole at first. I thought it was my cargo/hiking pants and the fact that I had my map on the left torso pocket so the clip would "snap" on the pocket causing it to open. So I changed pants but I experienced the same problem. After further examination, I discovered that (a) it wasn't my pants but the vibration from the ground impact that would cause the clip to open (b) BD came with a replacement model that is exactly the same but with re-enforced clips (c) REI has stopped selling this model. That explains everything.

Why buy them? Because the problem can be fixed with duct tape. Now, if you don't suffer from severe OCD like myself and you don't mind using duct tape on a $150 pair of poles, then by all means, please buy them.

At least they are SUPER LIGHT!!! In case I haven't wrote that...

5 5

Unleash your inner mountain goat

These trekking poles are amazing. Super light and sturdy but provide enough flex to dampen shock and flex when caught between rocks on a decent. Hefty price tag but worth every cent. The cork grips keep hands dry and comfortable. Would buy again in a heartbeat. Only concern I have is how the cork will hold up during ski season.

Unleash your inner mountain goat

Just bought these at a scratch and dent...

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Just bought these at a scratch and dent sale. The lower lock is missing. Can anyone tell me what the size of the lower lock is? 14 or 16 mm?

Can these poles handle the cold temps on...

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Can these poles handle the cold temps on Denali or would aluminum be better? Some people have told me that carbon poles might crack at extreme low temps?

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I would be more worried about the cork falling apart than the carbon breaking
Carbon will be stronger than aluminum in all cases. Its a woven network rather than an extruded metal so it will keep its flexibility even at low temps where aluminum would be brittle

5 5

Awesome trekking poles!!

used these for mountain runs, mountaineering and glacier travel. they ruled every time
they are extremely strong and durable, the floaters come off a little too easy, during a hike i lost one in the snow, so order some extra floaters