Rated 5 out of 5 by Chuck Great Trekking Poles
I got these when my old Titanium poles turned up missing. These are a major improvement over my previous poles. They are lighter yet have a firmness that is very reassuring when hiking over rough terrain. I was not sure that I would like the cork handles as my previous poles were synthetic. I am sold on cork, the feel and handling is more comfortable. Great poles, you will not regret getting them.
February 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tom Durable Light-weight Hiking Poles
My second set of these light-weight hiking poles. I use them extensively for hiking - especially descending to help lessen pressure on old knees. They are very light weight and durable. However, they are more expensive than most hiking poles but worth the cost in my opinion. The cork grips wear better than I had thought and are comfortable. They have never slipped or collapsed which is important to me because I have osteoporosis and could easily fracture a bone.
January 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by William Haven't used it yet.
That said, I looked at almost every trekking pole out there. This seemed to be the best according to other reviews. Our son will be in the Death Race in Vermont and needed poles. I wanted him to have the best. I gave you a 4 star only because my son was pleased when he saw them. I will change it to a five if the pole survives the race with my son.
January 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chris Perfect Poles
These have been faithful, knee-saving companions on miles of hikes including humping big loads to base camps and a two week self-supported circuit around Peru's Cordillera Huayhuash. They're light and durable, the flicklock adjustment never slips, and the cork grips are super comfy. The lower grips are great for choking up on steep climbs.
December 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brent Peters Strong, lightweight, affordable. Best VALUE!
I am an Alpine Guide. My gear has to have a high degree of functionality and survivability. In the past, I have used the Z poles which fold up really short, but have durability issues, don't adjust, and are quite frankly heavy. For STRONG, LIGHT and ADJUSTABLE the Carbon Corks shine. I can shorten these for pushing down on long uphill approaches, or for better manoeuvrability in sidehill terrain.
October 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chris The Best!
I took these poles on a 130 day backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada including more than half the time being on rugged cross country terrain.
These poles performed better than any other poles I have ever owned. First the new flip lock style is a success. Not once did I ever have to tighten them and not once did the poles ever collapse in on me. The next amazing bit of performance was from the tips. We all know that tips will break off at some point. The first pole lasted 110 days and the second lasted 121 days! That is more than double the performance I have ever got out of a set out tips.
So even after taking these things on nasty talus filled terrain for months on end they still have life in them! I wont buy anything else again!
October 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Willythegriz Superb....
I wanted to write to share my experience. The trekking poles were worth every penny and are a great product. Lightweight, durable, comfortable, and super easy to use. These were my first pair so I really have nothing to compare them to except the others that I quickly tried out at REI but I was supremely pleased with them.
What I really wanted to share about was my experience with Black Diamond's replacement/repair people. Unfortunately, I landed weird on one of my poles during my recent trek and broke one of the sections. I wrote them not knowing how they would handle my claim. Let me just say that it possibly was one of the easiest, most pleasant, prompt and thorough exchanges I have ever had for something like this. They were sincere in their disappointment about my issue and sent out a new section immediately. I received it in probably less than a week and they even checked in with me to make sure everything was resolved.
Back Diamond FTW!!!!
October 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by David The best poles ever
Replaced my old aluminum poles of another brand, with these, and am completely happy with them. The sturdy carbon fiber has held up to all kinds of abuse, and saved my life more than once. The flick-locks lock in tight and stay locked, and the carbide tip bites into your hiking surface (whether dirt, snow or rock) for great stability.
I prefer the cork handle to rubber for all day comfort. Having had these for three years now, I can say that I am completely happy with them, and have recommended them to many of my friends.
October 3, 2013