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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product I have never used Trekking poles before, but I have always wanted to give them a try. They have many benefits for backpacking (i.e. poles for a tarp shelter) and are a great help alleviating the jarring of your joints. I absolutely loved these trekking poles. They made going up and down hills/mountains a lot easier, almost as if i had four legs. The only con about these poles is that my inner thumb/palm area gets a little sore, almost feeling like a hot spot for a blister to form. I am going to try using these with some lightweight gloves next time to see if that stops the issue from happening. Overall i like them and would recommend this to a friend.
Date published: 2014-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! These poles have proved to be solid and reliable. I've used these for hundreds of miles on the trail and never had an issue. The hands loops are plush, comfy and support the wrists well. The cork grips are effective at absorbing impact with simplicity rather than gimmicky shock absorbers. I love the slightly angled handles too. The padded grips below the handles are great for choking up on while climbing steep snowy sections of trail. Great product!
Date published: 2014-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous fit and takes a pounding I'm writing this because I bought these poles two years ago at a gear sale in Ashford. I have used them relentlessly over two summer seasons and I can testify that these poles have stood the test of time and endurance. It's not that I am tough on gear, but I am never without these poles no matter the terrain. There were several times I was sure that I had broken the tips...but not a scratch. Once I stepped on the lower half while picking them up and thought for sure they had dented...nothing! They are not in the UL category, weighing in at 19 oz, but that's still plenty light. They don't collapse down as small as some of the tent poles but I wouldn't trade them for the world! As for the grips, they are super comfortable with that ergo design which greatly relieves hand and wrist stress. Very affordable option with fantastic longevity. Excellent investment!
Date published: 2014-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliable, robust, great customer service I have used them for a few hundred miles now and am very happy with them. The locking mechanism is simple and has never slipped. Under normal conditions they have always supported me (250+ lbs with pack). However, I managed to put a kink into a lower segment when I tripped and bent the pole over a rock. BD customer service quickly sent a replacement for a really nominal fee. I think I will buy a second pair for my wife.
Date published: 2014-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Good Solid Trekking Pole Purchased in advance of my trip to North Carolina. I bought the pair for future big adventures out west, around east I find that using one is adequate. Because they come in a pair, my wife and I used them to climb up the Mount Mitchell trail. Even she thought that they were nice! Use them on weekly 8-10 mile hikes on the North Country trail, and after having them I do not think I could go back to hiking without. Cam lock system for adjustment is both quick and superior to the twist to adjust systems I have used on other poles. Poles are relatively light, and the cork grips are comfortable even after many hours of use. I do not put much stock in the 15° angle of the grip making much of a difference, but over time, up a steeper incline I could see how it could help.
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loves me poles Last summer when I was backpacking a fellow hiker suggested, in the nicest way, that trekking poles make hiking much easier and safer. I hadn't quite thought I was "old enough" for poles, but I picked up these poles on my way out for a week of day hikes and now I don't know how I lived without them. Poles help you cover a lot more ground with less risk of sliding/falling, and they get you over streams (logs and rocks) with a lot less worry of falling in. These Ergos, specifically, are comfortable, sturdy, easily extendable and very light. Last weekend, my husband got a pole caught between his feet while running (long story) and snapped off the bottom six inches of a pole. (He's fine). I contacted Black Diamond and they promptly offered to send a new pole segment, even though it wasn't covered under my warranty. For that I'm writing this review. They're awesome.
Date published: 2015-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Poles Had these for over a year and are very robust. They survived Mahoosuc notch in NH. These poles saved my skin more than once by keeping my balance or helping me stop from falling from a slip or something. They work well for winter hiking as well. Looking to get another pair, one got bent in a couple of places hiking Edmunds Cutoff in NH. They go wedged between a couple rocks crossing it.
Date published: 2014-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved my knee , worth their weight in gold!!! I have never used poles before and have had ACL surgery years ago and am a candidate for knee replacement. Hiking uphill is not to bad but downhills can be excruciating .Bought the Black Diamond Cork Trekking Poles two days before a 16 plus mile hike in Yosemite which included The Mist Trail which was like a Hurricane this year , a mile short of Sub Dome (had to turn back ,because running out of daylight) and back to the Valley floor via the John Muir Trail. Today l am writing this and my knee is not sore at all! Never even practiced with the poles before hand , broke out the poles and the poncho at the beginning of the wet on the Mist Trail and continued to use them the entire rest of the day uphill as well as down ! Amazing worth their weight in gold seriously... great straps , great grips and great adjusters and the tips on the poles were amazing on the wet Granite the entire day! (It rained off and on the entire day) The poles transfered weight from my knee , heck both knees and allowed my upper body to help with the load ! If your a skeptic like l was don't be , go get these poles , we did this hike in 8 hrs round trip no way could l have done that time in those wet conditions with out poles!!! Did l mention l have no pain today?!!!
Date published: 2017-06-01
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Questions & Answers

What is the collapsed storage length of the poles?

Asked by: FMTX
If you pull apart the sections, they will be 21.5 inches long. This is how I put them in my pack for travelling. The sections pull apart easily, no tools needed.
Answered by: AlaskaStinson
Date published: 2017-05-28

Will the ergonomic design of the handles make it difficult to use these trekking poles as a pole for my zpacks tent?

Asked by: JPOutdoors
These poles will work with zpacks tents and should be placed tip down/handle up
Answered by: bighatbob
Date published: 2018-01-17

I want to use these for snow skiing. Any thoughts or anyone else comment on this type of use? Shorter for the steeps. 

Asked by: Jimenez
Because trekking poles have adjustment points, they do not offer the strength and integrity that a traditional ski pole made of a single piece of aluminum provides.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-08

I want to buy these for my boyfriend, he is 6'4". Are these long enough for him?

Asked by: Borehosky
These poles extend to 55 inches and will be long enough.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-18

Could these poles be used with a Tarptent, where the handle is on the ground and tip is up?

Asked by: Bort
​Yes, these poles can be used to pitch a tarp tent.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-06

I need rubber tips for my Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork trekking poles. What tips will work?

Asked by: bpard
Here are some that will work with these poles:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-31

I'm a "burly" guy - about 250lbs (not including pack or gear) - would these poles be up to the task of taking the considerable strain I'll be putting on them?

Asked by: M Pawn
The Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles are designed to withstand stress under normal wear and tear circumstances from individuals weighing up to 250 lbs.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-22

How is the grip size for a man with XL hands?

Asked by: Millie
​These trekking poles are a fine choice for folks that have larger hands.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-16
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