BLACK DIAMOND Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles

Last updated date: August 27, 2019

DWYM Score
8.7

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Overall Take

These durable poles will take you through four seasons of outdoor activities year after year. The carbon cork material makes them lightweight, but not the lightest of poles. They come with two kinds of baskets and interchangeable Tech Tips. As a result, you can switch between carbide and rubber tips for use on a variety of trail surfaces. In our analysis of 58 expert reviews, the Black Diamond BLACK DIAMOND Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles placed 2nd when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.1
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
101 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Ideal for all seasons
- CTOP Reviews
One of our testers reported on having this particular set of poles for over seven years and they're still going strong.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
Very functional and sturdy with great load bearing capability
- Cool Hiking Gear
The first thing I noticed about these trekking poles is that they are lightweight.
- The Trek
The fit in your hands is excellent and comfortable, even after hours on the trail.
- The Broke Backpacker
What experts didn't like
May have a poor locking mechanism.
- CTOP Reviews
That was super light a few years ago, but not now, with the newer "tentpole style" like the Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z (10 ounces) and Distance Z, (12 ounces), it now checks in toward the middle of the pack among all of the poles we tested.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
the only thing could be the price but you get what you pay for and they are good value for money in my opinion
- Cool Hiking Gear
However, the short(ish) max height of these poles can be limiting for tall people.
- The Trek
Expensive, Not an ultralight trekking pole
- The Broke Backpacker

From The Manufacturer

A highly versatile, fully adjustable four-season pole built with premium materials, the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Trekking Pole handles alpine backpacking routes, mid-winter expeditions and far-flung treks with ease. Three 100% carbon fiber shafts offer quick and secure length changes thanks to dual FlickLock Pro adjustability. The comfortable wicking cork grip features a durable padded wrist strap and a non-slip EVA extension for quick choke-ups on steep terrain. Two kinds of baskets and interchangeable Tech Tips allow you to switch between carbide and rubber tips to account for changing trail surfaces.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 6
2. BLACK DIAMOND Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 5
3. Cascade Mountain Tech Quick Lock Trekking Poles
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
4. Hiker Hunger Trekking Poles
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 5
5. Trail Buddy Trekking Poles
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 5
6. Foxelli Trekking Poles
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 7
7. BAFX Products Anti-Shock Trekking Poles
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Hikker Anti-shock Hiking Pole
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 4
9. Sterling Endurance Trekking Poles
Overall Score: 5.9
Expert Reviews: 4

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