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Lightweight performance every season of year.

From sun-drenched deserts to powder-filled backcountry bowls, trust the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Pole for reliable performance every season of the year. The 100% carbon fiber construction keeps the weight to a minimum, and the natural cork grip wicks away moisture for a slip-free hold on steep, exposed terrain.

  • 100% carbon fiber construction provides a low weight of just over a pound per pair
  • FlickLock Pro adjustment system is fast, secure, and reliable
  • Natural cork grip has a dual-density top and Nubuck leather straps for a slip-free hold and all-day comfort
  • EVA mini-grip extension allows you to quickly choke-up on the pole on steep sections of trail
  • Includes Flex Tech carbide tips
  • Includes Trekking Baskets and Compactor Powder Baskets for summer and winter performance

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4 5

Replacements for FL Distance model

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Bought a pair of these to replace a pair of Distance FL Poles that snapped during a snow-laden hike(had a love/hate relationship with those - subject of another review). Since I rarely used then in the stored configuration, I was mostly enamored with the low weight, especially the felt "swing" weight as the tips are moved around for placement. These are much sturdier, and spec'd at only a bit more - 17.2 ounces vs. 16 for the FL. Alas, disappointment on the weight - mine weighted 19 ounces (yes, I always verify weight). Corresponded with the BD folks and lo, and behold, their inventory also weighed 19 ounces. So the stated weight is indeed incorrect and verified as such by BD staff (although published specs have not changed). Keeping them, but giving up at least one star in the review for that. May not have bought them had I known. Frustrating, I must say, that at this rather lofty price one of the key parameters was misstated. So weight-conscious buyers (probably all for this product) be informed. Compensated somewhat by lengthening the bottom section and shortening the top - helps with felt "swing" weight, but not overall weight. Otherwise . . . great poles given the weight issue.

5 5

Buying a second pair .

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Had these for 3 years , and they are the best available . Someone stole them from me while hiking to half dome . The new flicklock pro looks even better than the origional , which worked very nicely . They are incredibly strong . Don't know how one poster managed to break one , I have never been able to , and I have abused them terribly !

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Dido, I have two pairs as well and the new locking mechanism is impressive. The original never failed on me though. One would have to TRY to break one in order to accomplish just that. I have beat on these things and they just ask for more. Be confident in your purchase, these things rock.

4 5

Looking forward to playing with these

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I researched trekking poles and decided that the cork grip and carbon fiber combo would more than cover my usage needs. These are a great feel in my hands, and I can't wait to put them out through some more tests.

2 5

Broke one

Got my husband a pair of these, he broke one and it's shattered. Is there a warranty?

Broke one
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Yes most certainly. Backcountry is one of the best in the business at accepting returns for ANY reason whatsoever no questions asked. A great country to do business with. That is, if you purchased said item from them.

5 5

#1 Trekking poles

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These babies simply are the best. Ultra-light, durable, adjustable, and comfortable.

Cork handles are comfortable and don't induce sweaty palms. Should your hands or poles be damp, the cork still provides positive grip keeping your hands on the poles where needed. Carbon shafts are strong and durable enough to put some serious weight on should you need too. The locking adjusters are positive in locking, meaning they stay put despite leverage being placed upon them. Black Diamond really did a good job with the locking mechanism. This is what initially drew me to these poles and I haven't been let down.

Steel tip is durable, but to minimize environmental impact I'm often using the rubber tips unless I'm on ice. Optional snow skirts are nice as well and increase versatility.

Lots of miles on these and other than some scrapes/scratches they're as dependable as they were on day 1.

Great product!

5 5

Secure Comfort

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using these poles on the extremely steep trail up to and down from the ridge above the "M" in Bozeman, MT. The wrist straps are extremely comfortable in all situations, relieving the numbness in my hands experienced with other straps. I bought these poles primarily for ease of length adjustment in cold weather. These poles get five stars from this user!

An exciting photo of trekking poles.

An exciting photo of trekking poles.

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Amazing aint they? Honestly there are some odditys to the straps -- specifically where the notch of your hand bears down on them, but they are nonetheless very comfortable. I have about 40 miles of hard climbing and descending on them (without gloves) and they have been great and show no signs of wear..

how does the cork hold up to repeated...

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how does the cork hold up to repeated winter use/abuse? in terms of impacts/abrasions as well as temp/precip

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Cork does really well in the cold, that's why they use it. It helps insulate your from the cold. As far as durability goes is a great material as well. It's not going to be quite as durable as a regular plastic grip but it will insulate better

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i've used mine skiing inand out of bounds and it works great. i got the cork specifically for hiking with sweaty hands, but it works fine in the winter too. i wouldn't say it's better or worse than standard handles for winter use. only thing is that little chunks for cork will break off from direct impacts, so don't crash into rocks (good rule of thumb anyway)

5 5

The Best.

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

After 6 years of hiking and mountaineering, I've always used the BD aluminum poles (not the cheapest version) and thought they are super shock-resistant. I finally rewarded myself with a pair of the carbon poles and they are the best for balancing, they are super light and giving you an extra push going uphill. I didn't buy them at full price though.

5 5

Light, Strong, Nice Feel

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Upgraded to these from some BD Aluminum models. They are comfortable, very strong (read: I'm a big fella) and very adjustable. They adjust quickly and the grips are quite nice.

At first I wondered whether I'd be losing utility with carbon poles over aluminum, thinking that I would not be able to use them "off axis" (for campsite gadgetry, etc.) ... but since I'm committee to collapsible poles, I probably never had that utility available anyhow.

Picked mine up on SAC. Can't believe they appeared there. Nonetheless the BC full price seems reasonable for the quality and the weight savings of these poles.

Skylight Mt looking at Mt. Marcy NYS

Skylight Mt looking at Mt. Marcy NYS

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summit of Skylight looking at Marcy. great hike, great poles

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