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trekking poles - rubber tips for rocky terrain?

I received a pair of Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork poles for Christmas. I live in the desert and most hikes are rocky trails in the Mountains. I think I should use rubber tips. Should I purchase the rubber tip replacements or the rubber tip protectors? Any advice?

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Not 100% necessary but I like them and always carry them. They work better than the carbide tips on rock and are much quieter.

Note: Not to be confused with the thin plastic shipping tip protectors that come with some poles.

 

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+1 agree.  Rubber tips are generally preferable on both rocky surfaces and sidewalks or pavement.  With caride tips, there is a danger of the pole wedging deeply and becoming damaged,

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One more thing.  I use the push on ones that cover the carbide tips and not the fancy screw in rubber tips that BD hawks on some of their poles. I don't like the screw in ones since they are hard to swap out on trail

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@OldGuyot wrote:

One more thing.  I use the push on ones that cover the carbide tips and not the fancy screw in rubber tips that BD hawks on some of their poles. I don't like the screw in ones since they are hard to swap out on trail


I've never had to buy push-on rubber tips because I have a full inventory of them for a wide variety of poles of many makes. All for free. I've been picking them up on the trials and collecting them over the past few decades. 

There's a reason why BD uses screw-on tips on their premium Z-poles. I agree that they're hard to put on and take off. Perhaps that why I've never managed to find one on the trails to replace the worn ones on my poles 😉

...Wanderer


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I also would prefer the push-on type for ease of taking them on and off, but that's based on variable terrain where I do change frequently. If your trails are so much rock that you'd never be switching to the carbide tips, then maybe it doesn't matter as much.

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Make sure you put 'em on good. I have a collection of lost rubber pole tips that I have found on the trail.

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I have the BD poles and I love them. I also have several sets of push on rubber pole tips. I make sure that they are on very tight. I have never lost any tips since I have owned my poles (10 years). One year I hiked almost 2 to 3 times a week in the mountains and the rubber tips held up for over a year before I had to replace them. Hope that helps.

 

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