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We humans made a compromise when we decided to run with the whole bipedal locomotion thing. We were finally able to to do the running man, but we lost the ability to cover ground quickly with the power and balance of four limbs. The Trail Compact Trekking Poles uses high tech materials and a high-tech design to give you the power and stability of moving with of all of your limbs.

  • FlickLock adjustment system locks in place without complicated internal mechanisms that can jam up or break
  • Compact design stows away in your pack when you want to use your hands for doing people stuff
  • Interchangeable tips keep you ready for ever-changing conditions

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Great Piece of Gear

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

These are great trekking poles that are easy to use, pack down pretty small and are great quality for the price. They are not the super-ultralight poles, but are great quality and can take a beating!


I'm Totally Sold

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I'm a 75 year old great grandmother who loves to ride horses and hike in rough, rocky, steep terrain. I'd always just used an old broom handle as a staff, but decided to try these trekking poles. since I'm only 5'3" tall, these poles were absolutely perfect for me and I can't figure out why I waited so long to get them. I'm so impressed with the stability they offer me, I plan on ordering another set. They are strong, yet light weight, comfortable for my arthritic hands and really take tremendous pressure off my knees on steep descents. If other styles of poles are too long for you, I highly recommend these poles.

Can you put powder baskets on these and...

Can you put powder baskets on these and use them for snowshoeing?

Best Answer

Hey TJ,

Yeah, and as a matter of fact, they come included with powder baskets in addition to the trekking baskets. Nice poles...sturdy, easy to adjust, comfortable, slide down small...get them.

hi I have a question - Does their compact...

hi I have a question - Does their compact design make them like less durable or less stable especially when walking down the hill?

Hi Pesten - I haven't seen any more of these coming back with issues than the two-piece poles that we carry. I'd say they are more than sturdy enough for hiking.


Converted Skeptic

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

I've looked askance at trekking poles ever since I became aware of them decades ago. In planning a recent climb and long, steep approach recently, I asked my old climbing partner if he used trekking poles and if he was bringing them. Yes, and yes, was the reply. So, influenced by my wife's poles, observations, and Chris McNamara's review, I researched and landed on Black Diamond's Trail Compact. At 66.5 yoa, I wish I had gone here long ago. In only three trips, these poles have paid for and endeared themselves to me. The nuances of their benefits continue to reveal themselves. None of the objections I've had with other poles exist here. Totally pleased. Thanks, Black Diamond!

hi I have a question - Does their compact design make them like less durable or less stable especially walking down the hill?


Excellent product

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

These poles are exactly as described. The locking mechanism is extremely easy to adjust and use. The poles fit perfectly into my weekend bag and backpack.


Great Pole

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

Never used a trekking pole before this one, and now id never go back. the hand grips are great, much better than the hard plastic ones.


Excellent trekking poles

    Excellent product. Fit in my suitcase, easily adjusted on the fly on the trail, and helped bigtime on the downhill parts in the Desolation Wilderness, CA. Glad I got this discontinued item.