If you dont feel like piercing the earth with carbide tips, look no further. I have them attached to my Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Pole #1236507, and they fit like a glove. Even when rock hopping across a stream with your poles in the water, the rubber tips keep the carbide tips dry. You do sacrifice some traction if your trying to make your way up steep inclines, but they pop on/off easily to make on the trail adjustments. Also really helpful if you have a paved road you have to follow to hit the trailhead.
This tip is much stronger than those you find on cheap polls. WIth a steel inside re-enforcement plate, you won't have to worry about your carbide tip cutting through the end of the rubber tip (you know what I'm talking about).
"Silence those annoying scatching noises and protect the trail!"
I’ve really come to value my trekking poles, but the click-clank noises that they make on rocky trails not only scares away any nearby wildlife, but can drive me crazy after awhile. Rather than ditch the poles, just slip on a pair of tip protectors and welcome back the wonderful sounds of nature! Each tip protector only adds 12g/0.4oz of weight, but silences the tips on rocks and helps protect the trail from erosion. These are definitely worth getting and could only be made better if they were included with the poles or at least a bit cheaper! Either way, all serious hikers should have a set of these tip protectors on hand to use with their poles...
This is a nice little rubber tip protector for your trekking pole. They are relatively cheap and come with two in a package. They don't fall off my tips at all and are actually pretty hard to get off once they are on. They are great for use on rocks and stow away easily when you dont need them. I use them with the old black diamond CF alpine poles.
Maybe it's just a personal thing but I hate the sound when the tip of my trekking poles make when crossing concrete or asphalt. Plus, I after finally breaking down and buying a decent pair of poles, I wanted to protect them a bit. I added these tip protectors and they solve my problems. No more grinding on hard surfaces, but still maintains decent traction in softer soils. All the while, adding life to my poles.