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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tough Sticks for Big Pr I was skeptical. Just picked these up from REI the other day. Sticks worked well at Hawn State Park in Missouri, first time used. Very hilly, uneven terrain with lots of rocks to maneuver around and had to rely on these poles to get me over certain logs and rocks. They never let me down. They appear insubstantial, and look like they won't hold your weight. But they supported by 215 lbs with a 40 lb back pack for 2 days over 6 miles or rugged terrain. It made the difference in my hike. Would I buy these again. Absolutely. And the clips never slip. Always keeps its grip on the pole (both lower and upper adjust). Great product. Can't wait to use these poles again.
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't leave home without em New to backpacking at 48 so first pair I've owned, but I have to say I couldn't imagine going any distance, especially with a heavy pack, without them. So far have put 50 miles or so on them and have had no problems other than minor rubbing after hours of profuse sweating, but I found you can loosen your grip on handle and put more pressure on the padded straps with your palm area to alleviate that issue. You can also tell that the shocks are doing their job, especially on downhills. Tips don't slip even on sloped talus type rock. Would like to try some carbon fiber ultralight poles someday just to see the difference in weight and shock but can't imagine how they could be any better.
Date published: 2016-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock Trekking Poles Only used on packed earth and paved bike trail so far. Cams hold on these adjustable three section aluminum poles is excellent and extending to 130 cm (of possible 140 cm), the poles feel very strong. I have added the Leki rubber tips and these fit very well and stay on, do not damage walking surface. Excellent adjustable hand straps, slight padding and comfortable. There are lighter Z poles but these are still light weight and in my opinion more sturdy and because they are adjustable can be used by everyone and adjusted for waling style and terrain. Formed hand grip is well made, sturdy and comfortable, better than many other poles.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great item My first pair of trekking poles. I've used them on all different hikes but put them to the test with the Grand Canyon, from South Rim to the CO river; 16 miles, 5000' elevation difference from top to bottom. They work amazingly. The grip is comfortable, cause no blisters at all, still good with sweaty hands, and lightweight. Flicklock feature works well but I had to adjust the right pole several times as it seemed to loosen and get shorter (this may have been from the impacts on the way down). All in all, a great set of poles
Date published: 2014-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every hiker should have a pair I have used these poles for the last year in colorado and put hundreds of miles on them. I have gotten them soaked several times, used them in all types of terrain from mud, sand, stone, skree... snow. I have put a lot of pressure on them, because of my bad knees going up and more so coming down from the mountains, with myself and pack there has been around 250 lbs of weight on them at times. They held strogn no problem.
Date published: 2014-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific poles I replaced my cheap trekking poles with the Black Diamond Trail Shock poles last September and have used them on several hikes. The grips are very comfortable and don't rub blisters on the inside of my thumb like my old poles did. The poles are very light and I like the quick adjusting flick locks. The straps adjust very easy and stay put when adjusted and the wide, padded straps are very comfortable and supportive. I expect to get many years of use from these trekking poles.
Date published: 2014-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great set of poles Bought these in a rush since the ones I got as a gift were only about 3 feet tall and clearly meant to look like trekking poles only. These poles performed extremely well on a 60 mile hike in Sierra Nevada. Light, sturdy and flexible. They keep their length and are easy to adjust and shrink down. Hardly any scratches or signs of wear. These were the most expensive I could find in the store, but you get what you pay for.
Date published: 2014-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Solid Trekking Poles I have been an avid day hiker for a few years. This is my first set of trekking poles. In the past, I never thought I needed poles. Its not like I'm going for days on end in some remote location, its just the north GA mountains. I was wrong. How did I hike without poles in the past? They give you much needed stability on tricky downhills and extra power going uphill because you are using your upper body as well as your legs to propel you forward. Also your legs stay "fresh" longer because they're no longer doing all the work. As to these poles, they just seem to exude quality. After reading negative reviews of other poles, I knew that I wanted something relatively light weight but most of all with a strong locking mechanism so that they do not slowly collapse. After a few steps, I don't even notice I have them in my hands. They are very light and comfortable to use. Also, I can put most of my 230 lbs. on these and they never ever move even slightly. I couldn't say that about a few others that I tried out in the store. Another nice feature is the built in shock absorption. The poles have a section of hard rubber built into them that has just enough give to provide a little cushion without sacrificing strength or stability.
Date published: 2014-02-02
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Questions & Answers

What is the collapsed length of the Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock Trekking poles?

Asked by: AndersonLynn
The collapsed length of the Trail Pro Shock Trekking Poles is 27 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-15

For those who own a pair of these poles - can you tell me if the poles are oval in shape or round. My husband lost his and we're trying to replace with the same ones he had. It's hard to tell from the pictures.

Asked by: Kim B
Round, I am very happy with them, I recommend ordering the Rubber Tips especially for city use. Mark
Answered by: mwlamb
Date published: 2017-11-15

Are these poles also good for walking in a town/city?

Asked by: timherbert
The Trail Pro Shock Trekking Poles can be used in the city with walking tips, sold separately:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-02

I have never used poles, but want a pair to protect a recently sprained ankle. I am 5'8" woman, with long legs. What is difference in grip size for unisex vs. woman's model? Weight doesn't bother me. What model would you recommend? Thanks.

Asked by: OneEyeOpen
A Women's specific trekking pole will have slightly smaller hand grips that provide a better ergonomic fit. If you would like a product recommendation, please contact us directly at 1-800-426-4840.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-15

Is the anitshock "always on" or is there a way to turn it on and off so that the pole behaves like a solid pole for uphill climbs?

Asked by: AAIR
The antishock mechanism is always engaged for these trekking poles, however it does not perform with such a loose amount of dynamic give as to make your uphill climbs unstable. Its primary purpose is to dampen vibrations that are traveling up the trekking poles as they strike the ground.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-15

I am considering replacing an older pair of Leki, twist-lock poles with cork grips. I'm looking at these poles but concerned about giving up the cork handles. Have others switched from cork to foam, and how would you rate the relative comfort?

Asked by: Home Skillet
Many people enjoy the foam grips because they are softer to the touch than cork grips and still absorbs moisture.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-17

What is the max weight suggested for use?

Asked by: Journey
​These poles do not have a max weight rating.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-19

I am 6 feet 4 inches tall and am looking for a pair of trekking poles to fit my height best.

Asked by: 2turntom
For your height, we recommend a trekking pole that would extend to 53 inches (135cm).
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-15
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