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Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles - Pair

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    Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles - Pair

    The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork trekking poles add support, stability and effortless swing to your wilderness forays, with 3 vibration-absorbing carbon fiber sections and natural cork grips. See details

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    The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork trekking poles add support, stability and effortless swing to your wilderness forays, with 3 vibration-absorbing carbon fiber sections and natural cork grips.

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    The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork trekking poles add support, stability and effortless swing to your wilderness forays, with 3 vibration-absorbing carbon fiber sections and natural cork grips.

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    The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork trekking poles add support, stability and effortless swing to your wilderness forays, with 3 vibration-absorbing carbon fiber sections and natural cork grips.

    • 3 sections of carbon fiber create lightweight poles that absorb vibration and retain strength over a wide temperature range
    • Double FlickLock Pro adjusters allow easy, slip-proof adjustment and won't accidentally loosen like conventional "twist" type adjusters
    • FlickLock Pro is 20% smaller and 30% easier to open than its predecessor and offers twice the holding force
    • Natural cork grips with dual-density top knobs fit comfortably in your hands
    • Adjustable nubuck leather webbing wrist loops support wrists
    • Foam extensions beneath the top grips allow the hiker to drop the uphill hand lower on the shaft while traversing steep terrain
    • Poles feature interchangeable carbide tips and low-profile trekking baskets; baskets' small size reduces weight and snagging
    • The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork trekking poles include powder baskets for use in the snow

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    Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles - Pair Specs
    Specification
    Description
    Best use
    Hiking
    Carbon fiber
    Cork
    Yes
    51 inches
    25 inches
    130 centimeters
    62.5 centimeters
    External lever lock
    No
    No
    1 lb. 2 oz.
    Unisex
    Shaft material
    Grip material
    Adjustable
    Maximum length (in.)
    Minimum length (in.)
    Maximum length (cm)
    Minimum length (cm)
    Locking mechanism
    Shock absorbing
    Camera mount
    Weight per pair
    Gender

    Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles - Pair

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    Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles - Pair is rated 4.7059 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great poles These are the best poles I have owned after Leki Corklite Aergon, REI traverse, and several other lesser brands. The flick locks are the best design I have seen yet, the straps are comfortable (the Leki's were uncomfortable), and the grips are comfortable and well designed. One major advantage of these BDs, which may not appeal to all users, is that you can remove the lower section of one pole, and the tip of the other pole (about 3" long) slips into the bottom lock on the first pole, so you can lock the two poles together for use as a long pole for a pyramid shelter or other tall tarp (this also works with the slightly less expensive BD models). I have a GoLite Shangri-La 3 tent and these poles make a perfect center pole for the shelter, cutting out the need for the 15 oz. pole that came with the tent. I don't want to get in a tuss with the other reviewers, but having straps or not is a matter of preference- the straps do have a purpose but it is certainly not a misuse to remove them- it is very common with thru-hikers. Arguing otherwise is like saying that everyone who ever used a walking pole needs to have it strapped to their arm somehow. The straps on my Leki poles dug into my skin so I took them off- this was before a PCT hike - you have to use the muscles in your hands more, that is all, and many hikers prefer it, especially the ounce counters. These straps are cushy and make comfortable contact, so I kept them on, but like one reviewer pointed out, you can remove them by pushing the metal pin through with a pointed object. I have put these poles in some pretty strenous situations, getting them stuck between rocks or roots and then putting a lot of forward weight on them, and they hold up great. I did have a problem with the cork crumbling off in little pieces in the ridges on the handles, and there was not much I could do to increase the durability so I sanded the crumbled areas flat and the problem did not worsen. I think BD will need to fix this issue in future models, or maybe I have a flawed set, but I'm not returning them. Overall, despite the flaw I highly recommend this product, it is one of the best on the market.
    Date published: 2014-04-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Poles I didn't regularly use trekking poles until recently. But, I've been converted and love them while I hike! I've used these poles for light and fast hiking with virtually no load and loads between 30 lbs. - 55 lbs. I use protective rubber tips to minimize environmental impact, but I have used the more aggressive tips in really wet conditions. In both cases, they added stability. Additionally, I think they help keep vision focused on the more distant horizon as well as what is right under foot. I use two poles for a couple reasons: 1) An extra pole can always be used for emergency situations �?? anything from an injury to makeshift shelter; and 2) I like the rhythm of walking with two poles. The cork grips on these Black Diamond poles are great and more naturally absorb sweat from palms than plastic or foam. I also think they feel better than synthetics. I prefer the feel of these Black Diamond cork grips compared to competing brands. To me, there is something more natural in the Black Diamond's cork texture. I was deciding between these carbon fiber poles and other aluminum models from Black Diamond. At the store, I noticed these are quieter, and I don't like extra noise when I'm hiking. The aluminum poles make a slight ringing sound when they strike the ground. I've noticed these in other people's aluminum poles outdoors as well. According to many manufacturers, aluminum adds extra strength. But I like the quiet and light qualities of these poles. If you're considering new trekking poles, these are a great buy.
    Date published: 2014-04-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from great but straps too short for winter This is overall an excellent product but the straps are too short for winter gloves (if you hold the poles in the proper way). I only wear medium unisex gloves but I had to return a pair of great BD mittens because they didn't fit at all. Other winter gloves (which were not enough on Adirondack peaks in January) barely left enough room to grasp pole. I called BD and their product guy said he "wasn't a trekking pole guy" and had never used poles. They do not carry any larger straps, neither does REI carry replacement straps. Note other review said he removed straps which is not at all the right way to use poles. The straps are supposed to take some of the weight rather than requiring your grip to take the weight.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great poles! I'm still on the fence about using poles to hike, but that's my issue. For someone who really wants poles, this make/model are great: lightweight, well-balanced, plant firmly, easily adjusted, compact when fully collapsed. Cork is comfortable, even when damp from sweaty hands. Definitely recommend the clamp-style adjuster on these poles over the twist-style.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect Good poles but couple issues. The clips don't hold at the very bottom of the poles unless you stop and re-tighten them more. The clips have to be opened ALL the way in order to slide the lower sections. All that said, they have worked well otherwise, and I expect them to give the great service I've had from the other half-dozen Black Diamond poles I've had.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome theres NO Better Trekking Poles I used these trekking poles bushwhacking, and climbing though the mountains in Alaska on a 80 mile trek. Have going though quite a few aluminum poles over the past couple years always breaking. them i had decided to try out carbon knowing that carbon was great with taking abuse as well as it doesn't bend. the lock system stronger then a twist lock system, this was both a pro and a con to the poles the pro: being twice as strong as a twist system on cheaper poles con: was it so easy to flick open, some times looking down and noticing half of one of my trekking poles was still stuck in the mud or collapsed on its self. it didn't happen much i bought them expecting that too from other reviews. other then that no problems with them. the grip was more aggressive then Leki poles, but in the end didn't i didn't care. Because i was happy to have a full cork grip that is more durable and helps with absorbing moisture. along with the lower grip foam grip that helps give a different angel of use when climbing a mountain. these carbon poles took abuse that aluminum poles couldn't survive.
    Date published: 2014-03-31
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from New flick lock, bushwhackers beware For the kind of hiking I do, lots of off trail bushwhacking, the new flick lock is a design defect. Today, on 2 occasions, a branch of a bush I was muscling my way through tripped the flick lock and dropped the 2 segments into the dirt. I noticed right off when I tried to plant the pole for my next move. I've been very happy with the older BD flick lock carbon poles and in all the years I've used them I've never had this problem. There is a protruding grip on the flick lock that can be easily caught by a branch and released. BD needs to back off this 'improvement' - I'm returning this for last year's model. Otherwise 5 stars for BD carbon just not this one.
    Date published: 2014-04-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good Used over quick overnight trip to Yosemite in 3 feet of snow. 5 miles in and 7 miles out of snowshoeing on overnight stay in upper Mariposa Grove near the south entrance. Easily adjustable and joints never slipped and stayed locked in even under duress. I removed the slings on the grips to make more usable and lighten the load by driving out the metal pin in the handle.
    Date published: 2014-04-16

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