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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#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.
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Review from Backcountry Edge
A nice review from OGL
- 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.
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...
how does the cork hold up to repeated winter use/abuse? in terms of impacts/abrasions as well as temp/precip
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
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)
First Look at the BD Alpine Carbon Corks
BD Alpine Carbon Cork Poles
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork
- 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.
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
summit of Skylight looking at Marcy. great hike, great poles
NH Mount Washington :)
When it's snowing poles and jacket are perfect protection so snow won't bother you when you are sleeping :)
Please look at previous picture also :)
Best trekking pole I've ever owned.
This is my only trekking pole I've ever owned. I have touched a few others and I just couldn't decide on which one to get. Have you ever seen the people who use trekking poles on simple hikes? Yeah, not the people I really want to ask advice from. These were on sale, so I said "Fuc# it" and bought them. I have to say I have had others wanting to touch my pole when we are taking a rest. Other than that they are trekking poles. Did I fail to mention that they are the best I've ever owned?
hey, Im debating on these and Black Diamond...
hey, Im debating on these and Black Diamond Trail Compact poles. The weight is quite the same, the carbon are little bit longer (Im 5'10" so both would be fine), seems to be little more sturdier than trail compact and they are made from carbon which is more durable. However the carbons are almost twice the price than trails compact... I dont know which to choose. I 'm gonna use them on climb approaches on pretty rocky mountain terrain. but also in the woods , backpacking and just allround.
I have the old version of these of love them nevertheless. I was going for a trekking pole that had cork handles, as they absorbed sweat the best. Rubber just got slippery and annoying after a while, and the foam wicked moisture away, but then it becomes like a wet sponge. So cork was one of my first points. I also really liked the carbon idea. Carbon allows the pole to absorb more shock and resist bending better than aluminum. But, when carbon breaks, it doesn't bend. It shatters and breaks. I have found that the flick lock is nice and easy, but it does require some fine tuning to keep it tight. Overall, I picked these because of the durable and more forgiving carbon shaft, cork grips, and adjustable length. I like them so much, I might get a newer pair as mine are getting old. You won't go wrong with these. Hope that helps.
These are great poles, but the trail compacts are also a good buy. the big difference is indeed the material. go with the carbon fiber. I've owned both aluminum and carbon fiber poles. I've seen aluminum bend and break, but I've never seen anyone shatter a carbon pole. you would have to really try to break the pole for it to bust. But if that were to happen, you can purchase the pieces to repair the pole. Alex has good points with both the cork handles and also the flick locks, both great features. Overall, I'd recommend these poles.
The best out there
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Highly adjustable
- Awesome locking mechanism
- Perfect cork handles
- Light weight
- A little more expensive
As far as trekking poles go, these are the best I've come across. Though they're a bit pricier than some other options, you get what you pay for and more.