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The wonderful thing about the Black Diamond Trail Shock Trekking Poles is that they're wonderful things; their shafts are made of aluminum, and their shock-absorbers are made out of springs. Well, not technically springs, but they do have a 4-stage Control Shock dampening system that softens the impact of a hard trek over rough ground. There's built-in rebound control so you don't bounce like a Tigger when you unweight your poles, and a Double FlickLock Pro one-handed aluminum extension system that's strong, light, and low-profile. Your hands and wrists will appreciate the Trail Pro as much as your knees will, since they're built with a dual-density ergonomic grip, padded strap, and foam grip extension that's perfect for super-steep going, switchbacks, and using your poles as swords to fight off bees when you're trying to steal their hunny.

  • 4-stage Control Shock dampening and rebound-control system
  • Double FlickLock Pro locking extension system
  • Dual-density ergonomic grip with foam grip extension
  • 360-degree padded strap
  • Carbide TechTips
  • Low-profile trekking baskets

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5 5

Expensive but well worth the money

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

These are strong poles and they are aluminum. Consequently, they weigh slightly more than some other trekking poles, but I personally didn't notice any drawbacks to the few added ounces and like having the extra sturdiness.
The hand grips (and choke grip sections) are made of a synthetic material that has a felt-like texture. This provides good grip and should remain grippy even when wet with sweat or water. I haven't tried the poles in warm weather yet but I anticipate that they will remain comfortable and provide good grip as the temperatures increase in the summer.
The straps are very comfortable and easy to adjust but could use a little extra length. I adjusted them to their maximum and was just able to insert my heavy winter gloves through the openings. It could be challenging to do this with really heavy shelled mittens.
The unique anti-shock dampers are located just under the hand grips and provide adequate shock absorbing without the sometimes annoying excessive pogo stick spring actions found in other poles.
There's a padded gripping section just below the shock dampers that allows you to choke up on the poles during short steep trail assents without needing to shorten up on the pole lengths - a very convenient feature.
The tips are convertible, from carbide to soft, by simply unscrewing the carbide tip and replacing it with screw-in soft tips (not included). Although this would work, the screw-in rubber tips are of very small diameter and won't grip rock as well as Black Diamond's conventional external rubber tip covers, which are coated with knobby protrusions that give excellent traction on rock. These tips are inexpensive and easily replaced if lost or just worn out, and they fit perfectly on Black Diamond poles. Still, it?s nice to have that replaceable tip feature in the event that you wear out the original carbide ones.
The best feature is the adjusting clamp - 2 per pole. No more twist-to-lock mechanisms that eventually slip. These are lever action clamps that make it very easy and quick to do pole adjustments yet hold firmly even in heavy use. Unlike twist locks, these levers can be manipulated with heavy gloves on and won't slip in your hands or jam up.
The bottom ice baskets are really too small in diameter to be effective. Fortunately they are removable and can be taken off in the summer and replaced with proper sized baskets in the winter. However, they do look cute on the poles, if that matters to you.
Overall, these are very well-made trekking poles with an excellent design and useful features. At first I did have some initial reservations about paying so much for a set of poles, but now feel that they are worth the extra cost.

5 5

Amazing Trekking Poles!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just made my second order of this poles the first one I just give them to a friend in Peru and I've been using these poles for a while now and the shocks does a great job and help both the uphill and downhill scenarios. For now the best pole I ever used.

Amazing Trekking Poles!!
5 5

Great for hiking and pretend swordfights

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Comfy grips and strap: Check
Functional shock absorption: Check
Awesome Flick-lock PRO: Check
Interchangeable tips and baskets: Check

Not only are these trekking poles the bee's knees but they will also save your knees!.... (I'll show myself out)

The grips are comfortable and absorb sweat fairly well (after a few miles my hands get a little irritated but I just adjust my grasp and they're fine). The strap provides ample support without being overwhelming, nor does it dig into your wrist. The foam section below the shock absorber allows you to "choke up" for uphill ascents as well as across-grade travel.

The shock absorption is great, but not mushy enough that you notice it with each plant. It's easy to forget it's there, but the lack of aches will remind you they're working just fine.

FlickLock PRO is *super* secure and also very easy to adjust; even while hiking.

The carbide tips are bomber and I've never had an issue of them sliding out from under me, even while planting them on rocks.

They are also strong enough that you can use them for pretend sword fights, but please cover the tips with the Trekking Pole Tip Protectors.

Likelihood of poking an eye out: Moderate to extreme

5 5

Trail comfort just got better

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I primarily use trekking poles for backpacking. These particular poles proved perfect for the Highline trail. During this trail you go over 9 passes in which you gain and loose 2000-3000 feet each. The poles saved my knees, and the shocks worked great for the descents with a 45 pound pack. I hope to get a tent that uses trekking poles to cut down on that weight!

Trail comfort just got better
5 5

Comfortable and keeps on going

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I take these poles on almost every hike I do. They are comfortable in the hands and the shock absorbing eases impact on the wrists. These are also tough poles. I've taken them off trail through skree, rocky trails, I've accidentally wedged them in the cracks of rocks, and nothing has touched them. They are pretty much in the condition they were in when I bought them. I plan on putting many more miles on these poles.