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
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