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Black Diamond gave the Contour Elliptic Trekking Pole an innovative shape and plenty of high-tech features to help you get better stability, weight distribution, and power. These tough poles will help you navigate rocky alpine routes and sloppy spring trails.

  • Forward-leaning, ergonomic grips reduce strain on your wrist and hand joints
  • FlickLock adjustment system locks in place without complicated internal mechanisms that can jam up or break
  • Oval shafts increase rigidity, durability, and allow faster setup than standard round-stock poles
  • Three-section design lets you easily stash these poles in your pack so your hands are free for tough scrambles
  • Interchangeable tips keep you ready for ever-changing conditions

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Good poles

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I previously had a pair of cheaper poles with the standard round shaft - until I broke one postholing on Mt Shavano in CO. My buddy had a pair of these, and he really liked them.

I love these poles! Solid feel, lightweight, comfortable grips, easy to use quick-release clips. I especially like the forward leaning grips.


Solid poles.

    1the main reasons I choose these poles was the grips, quick release clips, light weight and the solid feel of the contoured pole end just feel right when placing palm on the wide top. Btw the pins on my set are countersunk.


    700+ Miles Logged and Counting

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I bought these in Hanover, NH before entering the White Mountains and hiking the final two states of the Appalachian Trail. These poles last through the two toughest states on the trail, AND I've been logging 10-20 miles per weekend hiking, fast-packing, and peak-bagging in New Mexico for the past six months.

    These poles worked well for setting up my tent, keeping me balanced, and moving fast and sure. I've used four different types of poles in my journeys and Black Diamond is my go-to brand. The shape of these poles seems stronger, as I haven't bent them at all even after 700+ miles. The tips bent shortly after getting them, but they haven't broken and they are still in place, so only dock one star there.

    The straps are nice, soft, and secure on your wrists, the latch system is easy to operate, the grip itself is not too slippery or gunky, and the weight is reliable.

    700+ Miles Logged and Counting

    Inspect carefully before purchasing

      I ordered a pair online but after using them one day I had to return them. The pins used to mount the top of the grip should have been countersunk but were not, making them uncomfortable. For the price, this should not have happened.

      What is the difference between the standard...

      What is the difference between the standard and the compact?

      Best Answer

      The standard has a minimum length of 30" and a max of 55". The compact's range is 24"-49".

      Do you stock replacement tips for black...

      Do you stock replacement tips for black diamond trekking poles? I'm after standard walking tips.

      Hey Malcolm,

      Unfortunately not. BD should be able to help you out though.