Comfort for the long haul.
For top-notch performance that doesn't skimp on comfort, grab the Black Diamond Alpine Ergo Cork Trekking Pole. The handles are tweaked 15 degrees to provide an ergonomically correct grip position, which ultimately reduces fatigue and discomfort over long distances. The natural cork grip wicks away moisture for a slip-free hold, and the fully padded strap won't cut into your wrist.
- Carbon fiber construction on the middle and lower shaft with an aluminum top shaft provides a low weight of just over a pound per pair
- Dual Flick Lock Pro clasps allow you to adjust the poles to the perfect length
- Collapsed length of 30 inches makes for easy packing
- 15-degree handle angle provides an ergonomically correct grip position
- Natural cork grip top is comfortable and secure, and it wicks away moisture for a slip-free hold
- EVA mini-grip extension allows you to quickly choke-up on the pole on steep sections of trail
- Strap is fully padded for improved comfort and support
- Interchangeable carbide Tech Tip performs on a variety of terrain
- Includes low-profile trekking basket
Share your thoughts
Extremely versatile and durable
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love these poles! I have owned them for about 10 months so far and I'm very happy with them.
I use them for just about everything:
- Snow climbs and lower angle mountaineering
- Alpine scrambles
The poles feel very stiff to me when I use them on rough descents. I trust them completely when I weight them. The carbide tip gets good traction on most surfaces. I also love the snow baskets for winter conditions!
The grips are EXTREMELY comfortable. I use them in all conditions, hot and cold, and in warm weather without gloves the cork feels great on the hands. I also love the foam choke-up grip for steeper ascents.
The locking mechanisms are the best in any pole out there, bar none. Easy to operate with gloves, and bomber when weighted. I've never had a segment collapse.
The only con I would point out is surface hardness. I really beat up these poles and they're doing well, but the nature of carbon fiber dictates that there are some surface scratches and nicks in the lowest segment of the pole. I don't expect that this will be a breakage issue - it's purely cosmetic at the moment and a metal pole would show as much or more wear in my opinion.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I will first say I bought this with a gift certificate. Spending this much on poles seemed a little loopy, but these poles live up to the hype. The handles are amazingly comfortable, the strength and durability of the materials are great. And the do an excellent job holding up my tent.
If you have 130$ to spend on poles, look no further.
Black Diamond Alpine Ergo Cork Trekking
Great adjustability & durability
Keith Bontrager said, "Light, Strong, or Cheap, you can only pick two." With these poles you're paying the price for a durable adjustable pole with roughly twice the weight of the BD Ultra Trekking poles that weigh in at 9.3 oz. If you're also using the poles for your shelter so you need the adjustability, these are among the best poles out there for the purpose. If you're a complete weight weenie and have a shelter that one-size of a fixed length pole will work and don't mind sacrificing durability, look at the lighter options.
Overall, the grips on these are great. They absorb sweat, stay comfortable, and contour nicely to the hand in several positions. I wish the straps were more easily removable, but I know most people like straps on their poles (I consider them a bit unnecessary if I'm not using them for skiing).
The baskets are interchangeable and it comes with snow baskets, too.
The most common complaint I've heard about these is how easy the flip lock opens when you don't want it to. For one, it's adjustable with either a philips head or blade screwdriver (dual slotted), so you can tighten them up to increase the resistance. You can also turn the lower flip lock away from you, which helps a lot, since that's the one that's more vulnerable in my experience. Third, a 1" strip of electrical tape and you'll never have the problem again. Personally, I prefer the flip lock over my old twist locks since the poles are less likely to freeze at the joints.
Overall, I'd give them a solid 4.5 stars, but since I'm the first to rate them, I'll round up.