Features: 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 Interchangeable carbide and rubber tips adjust to changing surfaces
Specs: 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, rubber Weight(pair): 1lb 1 oz
I have now used these on 4 great hikes in the Sierras. We still have some snow but also have the dry decomposed granite and rocky slopes. These are light, very adjustable, and very strong. The tips are carbide with a novel circular cut the doesn't dull but grips noth rock and wood. I'm very particular and an engineer. Wouldn't know how to improve them.
I just bought a pair of these poles because the guy in the store sold me on the rigidity and lightness of the poles plus I really liked the cork grip. They were expensive but I was willing to spend the extra money to get a top quality pole because I’ve already gone through two pairs of cheaper poles while my wife’s Black Diamond poles are as good as new after several years and many trips. I didn’t realize until I got my new poles home that the flick lock pro doesn’t close in the collapsed position even after I adjusted them with the silly Allen key (which will get lost and make it impossible to adjust in the field. The flicks also slide off their position and become a real pain to put back into place. The flick lock pro is poorly designed and in my opinion a huge flaw with what could be a great product. I’m terribly disappointed and will be returning these and replacing them with something more reliable.
I use these 3 days a week to hike in Colorado on fairly burly terrain and on extended backpacking trips. I like how light and stiff they are and the new handle design is very nice. The poles are well balanced and lovely to use. The new flick lock is overall better but the adjustment cannot be done in the field without the tiny hex key, the old ones could be done with a knife or similar tool. Additionally, the locks are loose on the shaft and if they fall down when they are not locked you have to be vigilant about getting them back into the notch or they don't hold and the shaft slides. Some of the carbon fiber sections are rough on the inside and they scratch the lower sections. Not a big deal but over time it will render the section unreadable. Black Diamond did send me a replacement section and the new one is much better. They also suggested using epoxy to glue the lock in place.
Tested these out in Big Pine Canyon and went up to 2nd Lake/Temple Crag. They were so solid, both on the trail and in the snow. Looking forward to using them in deeper snow/more challenging conditions. Worth every penny.
I didn’t know what I was missing until I got a pair of these trekking poles. What a difference they make going up and down! Really helpful with wear and tear on the knees. They are strong and light weight and really easy to use and get comfortable with. I won’t go hiking without them!
After 3 failed shipments with an older model, BD came through and made things right. I took my Alpine Carbon Corks on a cold hike up to Liberty Peak in Nevada this past weekend and they were very sturdy, at times holding me in slippery, slushy snow inclines. Cork grips are firm and the straps very comfortable on the wrists. Being able to adjust the length to assist with scrambling was a good feature as well.
I have only used these for one trip so far. We did three days in the Grand Canyon. The trip was incredible and I was surprised that used these trekking poles the entire time. They are light and cork grips feel fantastic in your hands. I was very happy with the performance of the poles and the stability I got going up and down. I even used the poles to support my z-pack tent which uses only guy lines and two trekking poles to support the tent. They held up good over all, but I broke one of the baskets off one of the poles which is a little disappointing for the first outing, but is a little understandable because the poles kept being put between by me on some sketchy parts of the trail.
These trekking poles were ordered with the hopes that the all aluminum Flick Lock Pro would be hassle free and able to withstand years of abuse, the poles are carbon so weight stays down, and the grips are cork and comfortable.
Cons: Keep in mind is that they are adjustable only with a hex key, which was included, but another addition to the expedition kit. The poles do not completely collapse as the advertising image portrays, but I was able to get them down to 24.75 inches as where the photo on the site would come in at 24.25 inches.
Pros: These are super light, but wouldn't flex under a heavy load, . The metal locking lever is awesome and can easily be opened and closed with gloved and even mittens. The cork forms to your hand and won't blister like rubber or foam. They also come with snow baskets.
The absolute best. Hands down. Cork grips, CF shaft, everything is top-notch. The only problem with the 2018 version involved the plastic cover for its locks, which Black Diamond fixed in their redesigned version. Well done!