Rated 4 out of 5 by 4
Rated 5 out of 5 by Craig early impression: excellent
As an author and publisher of hiking guidebooks, I hike 1000 to 1500 miles per year. I've been using trekking poles since the days it was rare to see anyone using them. I've always relied on and recommended Leki poles. But BD's new crop of poles has convinced me BD is now the industry leader for this vital piece of gear. The Alpine Ergo Cork is excellent in every respect. The grips are -- finally! -- as comfortable as those on Leki poles. The flick-lock pro is superior to the unnecessarily big locks that Leki still employs. The flick-lock pros are sleek, very low profile, have no effect on swing weight, and are totally reliable. I've yet to put the carbon shafts to a brutal test, but my early impression is that they're very strong yet have a subtle, comfortable flex: what I call "whip." (Many poles, such as the Helinox Ridgeline, are too inflexible and feel thunky.) And the carbon does absorb shock, just as carbon bike frames do. I only wish the Alpine Ergo Cork extended just a few inches longer. I'm 6 feet tall, and on very steep descents, I could use a bit more extension. But that's not easily achieved with the positive angle grips. Plus it would lengthen the minimum collapsed length. If you're taller than I am, get one of the BD poles that extend longer. Otherwise, I enthusiastically recommend the BD Alpine Ergo Cork to any serious hiker.
March 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Joe A big short
I think BD stuff is really made nice. Good poles, but I wish they were longer. I like to change the length as I hike to avoid fatigue and wrist being at constant angle. These are barely long enough to start. Gave them to my wife. Seems like not one pole has all the great features i.e. add a great grip, take away extend grip and so on.
March 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Isaac Best Poles On the Market
I live in the remote interior of Alaska and have put well over 1,000 miles on these poles; they simply are amazing.
Hands down the best poles I have ever used, whether under load or not. I have utilized them on long distance treks where I covered over a 100k vertical feet and never felt the weight. I have packed out over 250lbs of moose meat in one load bearing all the weight on these poles as I traversed up and down hills and they have never failed. In alpine environments I have literally trusted these poles with my life.
I always look for something bad to annotate about the gear I review, but I truly could not find anyhting negative about these poles.
September 25, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by William Buyer beware!
Nice poles, I really liked the ergo fit and they are lightweight. What I wish I knew before I made this purchase..... I was not warned of this nor had I heard mention of it, the first night of using these poles they sat next to my backpack outside my bivy and the cork was chewed up by a deer. My brother uses the z-poles that doesn't have the cork and he has never had a problem with his. His poles were actually right next to mine and were never touched. Should have bought those instead. Very disappointing to spend $100 + on some poles only to be ruined the first day of use especially when it wasn't damaged by my use. If you buy them make sure you keep them away from the animals at night!
July 18, 2013