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Black Diamond Trail Back Trekking Poles

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6 Reviews


Bad knees bears.

You know you're in for a grind when your knees start to ache about three miles into a fifteen-mile hike, so give your joints a little relief with the Black Diamond Trail Back Trekking Poles. Their three-section design and reliable FlickLock extension system means you can pack them down and throw them on your pack when you need your hands free during those steep, scrambly sections of trail, and the molded rubber grips have a soft EVA foam extension so can choke up on them when you're side-hilling.

  • Three-section aluminum shaft
  • Molded rubber grip
  • Non-slip EVA foam grip extension
  • Double FlickLock locking mechanisms
  • Long Flex tips
  • Trekking baskets included
  • Item #BLD00IR

Tech Specs

Usable Range
26 - 55 in
Collapsed Length
25 in
Locking Mechanism
long flex tip
Included Baskets
yes, trekking
Claimed Weight
1 lb 4 oz
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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Great Gift

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

My dad has been looking for some poles that takes some pressure of his knees both when he hikes and snowshoes. I bought him these because I discovered they have powder baskets.

Trusty Hiking Poles

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These poles were my favorite piece of gear on my thru-hike. They aren't the lightest poles out there, but at the end of the day they did a fine job. Every month or so I'd have to tighten the locking mechanism as it would gradually come loose and eventually slip, but that can be done in 10 seconds. I fell about 10 times over the course of the summer, but these poles prevented at least 50 other spills. Less than 100 miles from the end of the trail I had a good fall on slippery rocks that bent the lower third of one pole to the point that it wouldn't collapse into itself anymore. Despite the bend, I was able to continue using them to hike with to the end of the trail. It was with a heavy heart that I "retired" these poles when I got home after 2200 miles. Pretty good bang for 80 bucks.

Quite suitable for trails

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I put these through a 9 mile day hike right off the bat. They made a huge difference when carrying even lighter loads in my Kestrel 32. I found them to be comfortable and easy to work with. I have no complaints about them. They just work, and work well. I went a little further and got the rubber tip caps that are available separately. I would recommend using some kind of light glue to help them hold to the pole end. I lost a brand new cap in a snow bank in Colorado. Kinda wanted that cap for the dirt and hard surface portions of trail. Despite the loss of the cap, the poles worked quite well.

Good Trekking Poles for general use

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Black Diamond is a reliable name and these live up to expectation. They are good middle of the road trekking poles. Collapse to a nice packable size, light enough, good balance and comfortable grips. When fully extended they are solid and don't slip. I am 61 years old and 175# male, 6'2"

More expensive poles offer lighter weight, cork grips, additional features. These suit my day trekking up to 15 miles fine. Good for rocks and uneven surfaces with the Black Diamond rubber tips I added. I have not tried them with the original metal tips. Southern California mountain and trail hiking so far.

Solid Performance

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wasn't looking for anything spectacular in a trekking pole. I wanted a set of poles that were right in the middle of the road, and durability was my main concern. I am not concerned with having the lightest poles, or the most high tech material. These things perform exactly as I need them to, and they feel really solid even at their full extension. My knees and I are very pleased to have these along for longer hikes and backpacking trips.

Unanswered Question

Hi, what is the difference between Black Diamond Trail Trekking poles and Trail Back Trekking poles? Thanks.