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Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles

Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles

We used to think trekking poles were kind of silly, and just unnecessary weight to tote along. Then we hit a few steep hikes and realized that maybe they would be a good idea after all. The friendly folks at REI helped us browse the options and learn about various features. We decided on these Black Diamond Trail poles, and we have put them through quite a lot of action since then. At this point, we've had them for a couple of years and they are still in great shape and keeping our legs going on longer, strenuous hikes.

Kim chose the Women's version for sizing, and I chose the Men's pair. I'm not a very tall person (5'6"), but somehow have long arms and legs that require a little more length. This also helps us differentiate who's poles are whose - mine are red, hers are teal.

The poles all have a very comfy foam grip and a soft foam wrist strap. The strap is adjustable and helps keep the pole in a good position while you're hiking around. The poles have external locks that are easy to adjust on the fly, for going up or down hill. The spikes on the end are plastic, but have a metal tip for durability. The poles also come with baskets to screw onto the tips for use in snow.

The locking mechanism's are very secure and we've never had them slip, even in wet snow. We've taken these along on snowy hikes in Rocky Mountain and they performed perfectly and really did help with staying on our feet on some slippery snowy trails. We've used them along mountain trails and they are great on rocky surfaces, too. 

The biggest benefit of these poles is that they provide stability and support. They really do make a difference on your knees on the steeper trails. 

I experienced a fairly bad knee / leg injury in 2016, and these poles made a world of difference for me personally with getting back on to the trails. I struggled with stability at first, and these poles helped a great deal. As I continued to heal, the poles allowed me to have more longevity on the trail than I could have had without. While trekking poles are a great idea for any hiker, in any level of conditioning, they are super useful if you have had an injury or have knee trouble.

The Men's Trail Poles Details:

  • Dual-density grip top and 360-degree padded webbing strap
  • Non-slip foam grip extension
  • Double FlickLocks
  • Interchangeable carbide Tech Tips, low-profile Trekking Baskets and Powder Baskets
  • Weight Per Pair :  489 g (1 lb 1 oz)
  • Usable Length :  63.5-140 cm (25-55 in)
  • Collapsed Length :  63.5 cm (25 in)

The Women's Trail Poles Details:

  • Women's-specific, dual-density grip and plush-lined, 360-degree padded webbing strap
  • Non-slip foam grip extension
  • Double FlickLocks
  • Interchangeable carbide Tech Tips, low-profile Trekking Baskets and Powder Baskets
  • Weight Per Pair :  450 g (15.9 oz)
  • Usable Length :  59-125 cm (23-49 in)
  • Collapsed Length :  59 cm (23 in)

We have collapsed these to fit into luggage and taken them on several trips. They are pretty small when shortened. The weight is not the best, but for the price tag, they work out just fine.

These poles are a great quality choice and definitely make a difference on many hikes!


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