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Philmont July 2012
I used these poles on our recent trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in the New Mexican Rockies. They held up perfectly to my 220lb frame and a 60lb backpack! They kept me from eating rocks a few times on the steep trails..
Maybe I got a bad pair?
So I love these poles. They made it through Havasu Canyon, the Zion Narrows, all over Tetons/Yellowstone, and the White Mountains in NH. Until last week, when one inexplicably broke in half. Thanks to Black Diamond's warranty and Backcountry's service, though, I got another pair. Hopefully the break was a fluke, as they seem rock-solid otherwise (as all the other reviews seem to attest!).
hiking is a breeze now
I love to hike, mostly shorter day hikes,( 8 to 10 miles avg) but I have some balance issues and get really sore knees, that make it hard for me on the decsent. These poles are amazing. They grip really well on rocks and steep trails so really fixed that balance problem. My Husband said I am much faster now. The first time I used them I was so surprised. I loved them on the really steep part of the hike coming down, they made it seem super easy and rocks seemed effortless as I used to sit down and crawl down rocks sometimes . They are very simple to adjust and I can carry them in my pack when I am not using them ( i have a small pack- 22 cu inches so they do stick out a bit but not a problem) For my knee problem I did not notice much of a difference, as most people do. So I guess my knee sorness is a little more of a problem for me..
Black Diamond Trail Back Trekking pole
Used on Rainier (Muir Snowfield July 2011)
Saved my butt and knees
When I first bought these poles I wondered how much they would help on my sheep hunt. After six miles with a 55 pound pack I started using them. Boy why did I wait so long. They are light weight and strong. The locking system was simple and did not fail under what I would consider some harsh use. A few time on the trail they sure kept me from wiping out.
Good enough on sale
Grabbed a pair of these on sale at an REI garage sale for about $20. One pole was slightly bent but only enough to prevent a rapid slide when collapsing, not enough to worry about it bending more under a tipsy step. They're still solid, locking mechanisms are great even with gloves. I'm guessing they're a tad heavy for the gram counters but I like the durability over the few grams. Comfortable straps after hours of continuous use as well (and while wet). Very pleased!
I'm assuming this is just one pole - but...
I'm assuming this is just one pole - but I want to make sure before I order.
Its two poles
Sturdy poles great price
I am over 200 lbs, even more with my pack, these have held up to all the abuse I can dish out. No bends on either of them. The flick lock system works much better than any twist lock system I have ever used. For the price these are great poles and would highly recommend them. I am going on my 3rd season with them and have no issues.
Those poles are the best investment I have ever made.
They give you a reason to hit the road walking briskly as much as possible. I am out there at least 3x/day. I haven't even had them a year and I have lost 50 #. Go for it; they make you feel younger and more energetic.
Makes a 5 mile hike feel like 1
Transfer some of the trail work to your upper body. My BD poles have seen at least a hundred miles, if not more, on trails of dirt, snow/ice, rocks, sand and even sidewalk. I have noticed less fatigue on my knees and legs, and as a result of their use I am ready to pound more ground the next day. The grips are comfortable, though the occasional blister may form after extended use. The FlickLocks work quickly and the poles compact to a nice size when not needed. Slap on the included snow baskets and your ready to hit the winter trails. Short or long hikes, these are a must have for any hiker.
Took these poles on some winter accents. Really helps keep your pace up and relives a lot of fatigue. they are light to carry and very strong and versatile, they collapse down to about a foots length. great for backpacking or even day treks.
Out on the trail
Good Poles for the Money
I used to think poles were wrong. Then I tried them. Now I won't hike without them. I tried an REI set first that had shocks in them and it just felt wrong and unsettling especially going downhill. These poles are very sturdy and simple to setup. I feel that the lock holds very well unless it gets very wet and then sometimes they slip a little bit. The straps and hand holds are good and I have used them in winter with gloves and they worked fine. My wife has a pair too and we both have enjoyed them and used them a lot for the last couple years.
Great investment (for your back and knees especially!)
These are my first trekking poles and they are awesome! I never thought I would use trekking poles, but let's face it, I'm not getting any younger! These things are a life-saver to my knees and back. They make an unbelievable difference. I can hike further and faster with these and not roll into camp hunched-over with aching knees. They are light, highly collapsible, and the FlickLock system is super easy to use and does not fail. I am also amazed at how many other uses they are great for in the field (pitching shelters, hanging clothes, protection, anything you can think of). You cant beat a lightweight, collapsible, multifunctional, and affordable piece of gear. Highly recommended! I bought my fiancé a pair and she also loves them. Happy trails, Brian.
The poles are easy to adjust and are nice and lite. Use them alot and have had no problems.
These Poles are the best for the money!
Black Diamond has done it again. I had an older model of these poles for eight years and they were great. I ended up losing one and the other became a bit worn and needed replacement part. So I bought a new pair.
The retaining straps: lightly padded and comfortable
Handles: sleek, ideal shaped and durable
Quick lock adjustables: you can't beat this ease
Value: super buy especially on Backcountry
Great Pole for the Price
These poles do the trick. They work well in snow as well as ice and muddy surfaces. They are simple and get the job done. The flick locks make adjustments quick and easy.
I hike Colorado 14ers alone, in winter conditions - safety is my first concern. Generally, trekking poles help with performance and safety - avoiding fall, testing snow, traversing obstacles. These pole are simple, functional, strong and lite.
PS - learn how to use trekking poles correctly - it pains me to see people on the trail who don't
Tad bit flimsy but good
Took a bit of a spill on Mt. Theilson using these; bent 1 of them up pretty good as i threw all my weight on it. Didn't do to much damage; easy enough to bend back to where it should be. Without it i would have been hurtin'.
I bought these after struggling with my brother's Leki twist lock poles - this is after a trip where I observed another friend had these and they adjusted effortlessly. I checked them out - strong, check - adjustable, check - good price, check, grip, check - carbide tip, check. I thought to myself - time to give my brother his poles back so he can struggle with them - I am getting myself some BDs.