About 3 months ago, I lost my favorite hiking poles and had to replace them. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my old poles anymore. I got them a few years ago at Sierra Trading Post and I don’t think they’re available in this country.
My old poles were 130cm, 1-piece carbon walking poles made by Komperell for nordic walking. They were fixed length and never needed to be readjusted which I considered a big plus. How many times have you had to wait for a companion because their pole locks loosen and they have to re-adjust them?
So I went to REI to see if I could find a pair of poles with a reliable locking mechanism. My friend Karin had raved about Black Diamond poles and I decided to check them out. Black Diamond poles use a locking technology called flicklock which is easy to adjust even while you are wearing gloves. It also clamps down really tight and NEVER slips unlike the Lekis or REI branded poles I tried.
So I bought myself a pair of the Black Diamond “Trail” model, shown above. They have 3 sections which lets you collapse them for easy plane travel and a nice long cushioned grip which lets you self adjust by moving your grip up and down when climbing or descending a grade. I find the hand strap a bit awkward to get in and out of and will probably end up just cutting them off. The shaft material is aluminum and the tip is carbide. The pair weight 1lb. 2 oz. and come with two baskets.
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