Rated 5 out of 5 by David Stable and sturdy
The Alpine carbon cork trekking poles are up to the task at any elevation. Hiking over 40 degree scree covered slopes at 10,000 feet or along a stream side trail at 4,000 feet, these poles offer a comfortable grip and rigid support.
July 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dale Excellent Quality
This is my second set of Trekking Poles from Black Diamond. I replaced my hand straps and reattached a carbide tip on my first set and they are still very serviceable after 10 years of hard service on and off trail with hiking, backpacking and SAR missions. I believe the build quality is even better on my new set. I have taken them out on a 6 mile mountain hike with about 1,000' of elevation gain and loss. There was no slippage with the cam locks. It is a joy to own such quality built and dependable trekking poles.
July 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kenneth Awesome poles.
These poles are absolutely incredible. If you are on the fence just go ahead and buy them. You won't regret it. Mine are heavily used and I expect they will last many years.
Cork handles are insanely comfortable.
Carbon fiber is light weight.
They don't bend. I've fallen with these and seen them bend up to 30 degrees without breaking and then going back to being perfectly straight. Alumninum wouldn't do that!
The finish holds up pretty well. Mine are fairly scuffed from rocks and such, but are still in surprisingly good shape.
The locks are strong. I've only even had mine open unexpectedly.
On very hot sunny days the cork can get kind of "slimy" from sweat. Not a big deal if you clean them regularly though.
Adjusting the wrist strap is kind of tough, but once you get them set you'll never have to change it.
The bottom section of the pole is tapered, which means when you collapse them it won't always stay collapsed. Not a big deal, but definitely a minor nuisance.
June 8, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Scott Great Poles, Need a better tip option
The poles themselves are excellent. I have had them for 2 years and used them pretty heavily. I weigh 180 lbs and am a bit clumsy with a moderately heavy pack, 2 cameras and binoculars. So, I plant hard. Adjusting the flick locks as they age is simple with any screwdriver. A quarter turn tighter and the pole holds as much weight as ever. I have only had to do this recently for the first time in 2 years.
The tips are the real issue. The Trekking Pole Tip Protector is the obvious choice for a general trail use tip. It is quiet and gets good traction on anything but ice.
Unfortunately, unlike the Tech Tip Carbide or Tech Tip Rubber, both of which are poor for regular trail use, in my opinion, the Tip Protector does NOT screw on.
In two years, I have polluted the planet with two of these, one between rocks in the Himalayas and one in mud in Costa Rica. I am trying to figure out how not to do so again. Note that I have lost two while using only one pole. My wife uses the other. At her lighter weight and being more graceful, she has not yet lost a tip protector. Presumably this is because she doesn't plant the pole as hard.
Certainly the price is not the issue as the tips are cheap to replace. It just kills me to leave rubber polluting in pristine environments.
The problem with the Tech Tip Carbide is that it is really only good for ice. This is the tip that comes with the poles. It is loud on rock and gets no traction. On softer surfaces, expect to pick up every leaf in the forest and have the pole dig in too far.
The Tech Tip Rubber would sound like the perfect solution. The problem is that it does not feel significantly different than the carbide. It is also hard and therefore loud on rock, though slightly quieter. And, like the carbide, also sinks in too far, picks up every leaf, and does not get good traction on rock.
I can only hope that Black Diamond will soon create a version of the tip protector that instead of covering the carbide tip actually screws on in its place.
Until then, I think my next best bet is going to be to Krazy Glue the Tip Protector onto the pole permanently and lose the ability to use it on ice.
June 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Thomas Fast and Light
When it comes to a trekking pole I was looking for something light strong and versatile. A pole I would only have to buy one time because it was constructed so well. This is that pole, it doesn't matter what trip you have planned, or however abused it will be these poles will make it. The locking mechanism is awesome and fast. I don't have to worry about it coming loose during a hike, and all the locks are adjustable so overtime you can fine tune them. The handles are very comfortable as well.
I use them with my BD Beta Light tent, and in high winds they work like magic and are the best combo for a fast lite take anywhere shelter.
Keep in mind they also come with snow baskets, great for snowshoeing, skiing and anything else you would be up to in soft snow.
May 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bayani My go to hiking poles
Love the design - both the sleek look and weight. Locking mechanism is a 'snap'. The cork handles, and it's design (shape), are an added bonus and are comfortable even on the longest treks.
April 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ken Awesome Poles!
I purchased these poles to use primarily for setting up a tarptent. I don't have a lot of experience using trekking poles while backpacking, but they seem bombproof, pretty light, and should work well for setting up shelters, due to their adjustability.
March 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by John Perfect Poles
I had been using this model for 5+ years of heavy usage. I only just replaced them after unfortunately losing my old pair at a ski resort.
They have been indestructible through climbing all of the 14ers in Colorado, back country and resort skiing and various other 4 season adventures.
January 3, 2015