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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Roderick Sustainable features yield superior product!
I used my new Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles while hiking the wildly rugged 50 miles on the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, BC. The 6 day backpacking trip was over some of the most rugged terrain I have ever encountered. I relied on the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles for each and every step of the rough terrain. The poles performed flawlessly and I did not fall a single time even carrying a 32-45 pound backpack the entire distance. Since they were brand new, the poles needed some adjustment during the trip on the flick lock levers as the carbon sections began slipping a bit due to their newness and due to the extreme usage I placed upon the poles to steady and stabilize each step along the steep, slippery, heavily rooted and rocky terrain. The flick lock levers were easily tightened with a quick quarter turn at a time with my Swiss Army Knife until the slippage stopped. The cork hand grips are a nice durable and sustainable feature of upper handles as well as the carbon shafts. I prefer the feel of the cork handles and I like the R & L printed in each of the hand straps for easy identification. I do not know if the handles are as durable as my older Black Diamond Hiking poles with aluminum shafts, but I much prefer the feel of cork handles better. The new flick locks also are lighter and easier to flick the levers than my old Black Diamond aluminum poles. The carbon fiber sections also are more durable and forgiving than the aluminum sections. In the past, I was worried about catching my aluminum shafted sectional poles in cracks and crevices along a hiking trail. This would cause bending the aluminum sections and causing the sections to become more difficult to telescope back and forth. With the carbon fiber sections this was not the case and I do not have to worry about bent sections. Also in the past with the aluminum poles, I needed to dry the telescope sections each time by taking apart the poles and setting them out to dry. This would prevent oxidation damage on the aluminum pole sections. With the carbon fiber poles, I do not need to worry about moisture damage on the carbon fiber sections and that the carbon sections have less condensation on the shafts than my aluminum shafted poles in wetter, humid or damp conditions. This would make sense because the conductivity is much greater with aluminum than carbon fiber. This is why the dampening is much better with carbon fiber over aluminum. The only problem that I have with these poles is when I retract them, the end tapered section flick lock lever will not hold the poles at their shortest length due to the tapering of the carbon shaft at the end section. This does not affect the performance in any way, only the convenience when I strap the poles on my backpack. Overall I like these poles much better than my old Black Diamond poles with aluminum shafts for their sustainability, durability and lighter weight which well were worn out from many years of hiking 200-300 miles per year.
September 24, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by joel Great so far, a little short.
Have not used them much, but they seem top notch. A little extra height would be nice for taller folks. I have to max them out at 6'3".
September 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brian Excellent product
I have used these poles on two backpacking trips this year. The cork grips are very comfortable. The locks never slipped. I really like how compact the poles are when collapsed, they fit on my pack perfectly. Very lightweight and sturdy.
One minor complaint, I can't seem to get the straps to stay tight. I adjust the straps, push in the cam lock, but after a few minutes the straps have loosened. Maybe someone can tell me what I'm doing wrong. Otherwise a great product. Thanks Black Diamond.
September 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rod Great Product
First use of this pole had me optimistic that it was exactly what I needed. Then last Tuesday i was guiding some clients on a heli hike near Canmore and I just loved the sturdiness and easy collapsing and secure flick lock adjustments. When working around helicopters, you need to be able to collapse your poles on a moments notice and this pole was perfect for that!
August 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Thomas Lightweight and sturdy.
I used my new Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles on a rugged hike on Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine today, and they were perfect. Without them, I would have fallen several times. They fit easily in my luggage and add minimal weight. I recommend them without reservation.
August 18, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Erik Beefy yet still light enough
I broke the lower section of my previous carbon poles and decided to upgrade a bit. These are for sure stronger. They don't collapse as nicely as the Z versions, but they appear stiffer. The only nit I have is the lower lock won't stay if the last section is shoved all the way in to its neighbor. Keeps the poles less compact. But overall, they swing well and are strong when stressed.
August 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lorene Great stability
I'm trying to get back into recreational hiking after a fairly serious knee injury. I found that I was hesitant and slow on uneven terrain, with a constant subliminal dread of re- injuring my knee - no fun! I had never used trekking poles previously, but decided to try them. I purchased Black Diamond after perusing lots of review sites. I am so glad I did! The first time I used them on a five mile hike with some rocky descents and a few little streams to cross. I felt so secure, it was enjoyable again, and best of all I finished the day without a twinge of knee pain. I wish that I had thought to try them before.
April 27, 2014