Review of Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Pole

It sometimes seems as though Black Diamond cannot make a bad trekking pole. With the exceptions of the same problems every trekking pole has (such as shaft weaknesses), there are rarely any complaints about the success of Black Diamond poles on a long trek, and the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Pole is no exception. Designed with all of the features that made Black Diamond such a popular choice for trekking and hiking poles, the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Pole likely has all of the features that you need for your next active trip.

Features of the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Pole

·        Dual Fliplock system for adjusting the length of the telescopic poles.

·        Weighs less than 9oz.

·        Designed with a cork grip for extra comfort, as well as a foam extension.

·        Adjust from 62.5 cm to 130 cm.

·        Uses long flex tips for retaining balance and friction.

·        Uses 100% carbon fiber shafts.

Pros

As with all Black Diamond poles, the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Pole is equipped with the patented FlipLock feature, known to be the best (and simplest) locking mechanism available for trekking poles. The adjustable shaft can move between 62 and 130 cm very easily, and since the extremely light shaft is made with carbon fiber, it has greater support and is less likely to break or bend during extensive use. For lightweight poles they have incredible strength against even some of the heavier weights, and they can withstand most (if not all) tough environmental conditions.

The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles are also made with a very comfortable cork handle, which combines with a form lower grip and soft wrist straps for a very comfortable grip over the course of your trek. They also have a high basket and long tip for greater maneuverability in the outdoors, and this basket can be switched depending on the weather conditions.

Cons

The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Pole is not made with an anti-shock system, which allows it to keep its light weight but may not be ideal for all users. In addition, the cost of these poles can be a little high for those that are not in the market for an expensive stick.

Overall Impressions

The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Pole is another prime product for Black Diamond. As far as compact poles go, the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Pole adjusts extremely well, and the FlipLock system continues to be the easiest and most effective way to adjust pole size in the business. It would be nice if the pole came equipped with an anti-shock system, but that would increase its weight and one of the reasons the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Pole is so appreciated by its users. The cork handle is very comfortable, the foam additions are great, and the lightweight pole is durable enough to make a lasting impression. You can buy it online here.