"Never will backpack without poles again"
I'd never backpacked with poles before but there were a few sections of snow on the trail I was headed so I went ahead and ordered a set. All I can say is that these poles were great and really helped me up some big passes even without snow. Quality and construction was perfect. It took awhile to get the strap adjusted correctly but once you get it right they are awesome.
I have hiked Fuji, the Minami Alps, and other various mountains with these wonderful poles and I must say they are great! Very light weight, super compact, and strong. The cork feels really comfortable in the hand. Even when I am sweating a lot, the cork does a great job of not feeling wet. The adjustment is super easy making it nice for on the move adjustments. I have used these in mud, rocks, snow, grasslands, small rivers, and everything in between. They really do take the strain off my legs. This is actually the first pair of trekking poles I have ever own. I was very surprised at how much they really do help. I'll never go on a tri with out them. My girlfriend and best friend love these as well. To me, this is the best set available and I looked at them all while I was deciding on what pair to go with. A little bit pricey, but you get what you pay for.
"Cork grips don't tear up your hands on long trips."
The cork handles are great, they don't tear up your hands on long trips. The carbon sections means that extreme cold doesn't make them brittle. Locking sections are solid. The one feature I wish that it had is articulated grips. They offer it on the carbon poles with an articulated aluminum section.
1st Set of trekking poles ever. They worked great. Never slipped or mis-adjusted themselves. They telescope down to fit on the pack. Very light. These poles saved a 5 day backpack trip on the AT as on the down mountain portions I had extreme knee pain from a tight IT band. Never would have made it without the support from these poles.I'm 240 lbs with pack and I put weight on them - never bowed or anything.Also, the poles improved my speed by about 1 mph (timed over practice hikes with and without poles). I recommend wearing fingerless and padded bike gloves too. Helps to prevent blisters.The only down side was a manufacturing issue where a "metal pin" which hold the cork in place was a tad too long and rubbed my thumbs skin off. A trail tool and a rock pounded it in and then all was good...Also, after a tough day of going "up" the mountains the back of my arms/triceps were noticeably sore.I'll never backpack without trekking poles again.
"never skimp on products that may save your life."
I've been buying products from black diamond ever since Yvon sold the company. I own a pair of poles that I purchased over ten years ago and I still use them. Got bored, so bought these beauties for jmt trip in june. Moosjaw rocks. Great prices on stuff that I like and need. Quality superior and they stand behind their products, enough said. Go mountaineering!
I really wanted cork handles, I love the feel of the natural material and it seems to absorb all the sweat from my hands. The cork held up great and had no problems with it. The poles themselves are very sturdy, I relied on them to get me through my 5 day backpacking trip. I see no wear on the tips even though much of the hike involved rocks. The wrist loops are shaped perfectly and cause no irritation. Only drawback is when you are getting tired and are leaning on them a little bit harder the poles tend to creep in a bit. Not really a problem, a good reason to take a break and adjust. Take the time to adjust depending on if you are going up, down, or flat. I was skeptical about adjusting or even using poles, now I won't go out for short hikes without them.
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.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. I also noticed these make less noise than aluminum poles. I may be extra sensitive, but I hear a ringing sound when aluminum poles hit the ground. It's great these are quiet on the trail.
"Great Trekking Poles - Only downside is the length adjustment"
Love these trekking poles. They're super light, easy to hold onto and a great set. The only downside is the latches used to adjust the length. They are a bit difficult to latch and unlatch when your hands are sweaty or sunscreen-ey, which can be a real drag. Additionally, they can sometimes snag on your gear or pants. Not a big deal but a bit annoying. Bottom line though is that they're pretty great.
Recently used these poles for 9 days on the Overland Track in Tasmania. The cork handles do a solid job of isolating the vibrations from the shaft, making for a comfortable trek. The poles feel feather light in the hand. Strength can not be faulted in either the locking mechanism or the poles themselves. The carbide tips seem to lock on to anything they are placed on. Overall the poles can't be faulted for performance in the area of keeping you from falling on your ass. The only potential downside is that because they are so light, they can get caught in brush if the trail is overgrown due to having very little momentum.
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