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Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles

$179.95

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Why We Like The Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles

Boasting tons of versatility and a high-quality construction that helps us over whatever obstacles lie in front of us, the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles are a reliable partner for any and all adventures on the trail. From mellow hills to steep upper-mountain terrain, we always have the extra support needed to keep moving. They're made with a lightweight yet ultra-strong carbon fiber, and feature two locking adjustment points to find the perfect height then pack them down easily when not in use. They've got a premium cork grip that feels comfortable in your and also wicks moisture as hike, and an extended non-slip foam grip that lets you choke up your grip when you're taking on steep and technical terrain.

  • Versatile all-season trekking poles with a comfortable cork grip
  • Carbon construction provides lots of strength at a low weight
  • Cork grip wicks moisture and feels comfortable in your hand
  • Extended non-slip foam grip helps you tackle challenging terrain
  • FlickLock Pro adjustment points provide a strong and secure hold
  • Padded wrist strap helps add support without discomfort
  • Item #BLD00Y7

Shaft
carbon
Adjustable Length
yes
Usable Range
25-51in
Collapsed Length
25in
Locking Mechanism
dual FlickLock Pro
Grip
[regular] cork, [extended] EVA
Strap
padded
Tip
carbide
Baskets
standard
Claimed Weight
(pair) 1lb 1 oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 1

Backcountry.com isn't what it used to be

The trekking poles are fine but Backcountry.com isn't what it used to be. They lied multiple times to me over the last week about my order being packed and shipped same day. At this point my trip is over (and the gear hasn't been sent). I've bought from Backcountry for a decade but they appear to have operational issues that are making them unable to get orders out on time--or at all--and I've spent countless hours over the last week trying to get ahold of anyone (I've been on my current chat for over an hour).

>Rating: 4

A bit frustrating

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

High marks in every category (grip, straps, weight), but far from frustration free. The locking sleeve has very low tolerances and I've found the sleeve will slide down the pole just a hair which keeps it from locking tightly. This happened to me in the middle of the trail and I just assumed the locking sleeve needed to be tightened (I didn't bring the allen tool with me) so I stowed them. It wasn't until I stopped later in the day and took a closer look that I realized the sleeve just needs to be rotated and pushed back into place. Hopefully this helps someone else when their poles start slipping in the middle of an adventure. Sadly the need to twist and push happens regularly now. I'll have to look into a touch of epoxy, but from what I understand the sleeves aren't permanently attached to the poles. because they're intended to be replaceable.

High
>Rating: 5

Great Trekking Poles!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Had a pair for at least 5 years now and still going strong, used for everything from regular hiking (save those knees y'all) to mountaineering. Light, tough as nails, comfy handles. Carbide tips bite super well, so make sure to take them off before trying to pack them in anything. Rubber tips work well if you don't want to scar up rock in drier areas. Clamps have never come undone by accident, even in heavy bushwacking.

>Rating: 5

Great!

I bought these for my husband and he loves them! They are lightweight and the cork grip is comfortable

>Rating: 5

Great Trekking Poles

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Had the original pair for >10 years before the clasping system failed. Great poles, very comfortable w the cork. Looking forward to many years of use with the new ones.

Thanks for sharing your experience!!

>Rating: 5

Basically a feather

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I was very surprised when I picked up the poles and I honestly couldn’t believe how light they were. They felt like feathers in my hands. I haven’t used these for long, but the sweat wicking properties of the cork handles are very convenient and help a ton with blisters. Overall these poles are perfect for everything I need.

>Rating: 4

Super light

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Super light trekking poles. Balance point is a touch higher up than I like, but they swing well. Great adjustability and firm cams don't slip. Grippy carbide tip and comfortable cork. The downside for me is the very bulky and uncomfortable wrist straps. I usually just put my hand over the outside of wrist straps, but these are too bulky for that, and I had to cut them off. This isn't perfect either, as this leaves a little uncomfortable hole on the back of the grip. If BD would make a little plug for these or a thinner wrist strap they would be perfect.

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Do the poles have springs or shock absorbers?

Hey Brad! Thanks for the question. These poles do not have springs or shock absorbers. I will be sending you an email shortly with some recommendations on poles that do have that.

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Can these be used as ski poles?