I managed to land a pair of these using Moosejaw's price match and they are good and worth the money I paid. Sure, there are lighter carbon poles out there, but these things are tanks. They serve me as hiking poles, skiing poles and they even hold up my tipi tent when I lash them together, saving me an extra pole in my pack, so the strength of these win out over the extra carry weight. The length extension of these poles is also good - the clip lock system is fairly simple to work and they don't leave you frustrated like the twist locks. While they don't collapse as short as I would like them to, they still fit easily in my pack. If they went AWOL tomorrow, I'd get them again without hesitation.
I'm a novice hiker/mountaineer, and my first set of $20 poles were what you would expect. They lasted maybe 2 miles. So after some research and review reading, I bought these carbon cork baby's, and I don't think I'll be looking back.I'm not very graceful, and rather clumsy, and these poles really help folks like me. To top it off in this respect, they are so light that if I didn't manage to snag a bush every once in awhile I'd forget they were thereThe measure marks on the poles are great, and the lock clips are superb. They feel like they are locking solid, and feel like it's going to stay locked. I had one lower clip that didn't feel so solid, but it's never budged.So far I've only used they on really sloppy and wet North Cascades hiking trails in subalpine areas, but I'm really pleased. They have been banged on rocks, dropped, snagged, and yanked out of holes in a couple of trips, but are tough and durable. Did I mention light?
These poles are just as expected. Lightweight, sturdy and have great grip. One con I have is that the locking mechanism will not engage when the poles are fully collapsed. So you have to pull out the pole a bit to get the locking mechanism to engage. Other than that, the poles are right on point.
"Awesome poles - well worth the extra $$"
These are my first poles and I settled on them after testing out many of them and researching all the reviews. For three-section collapsibles, this was the general consensus best trekking pole with versatility for hiking, trekking, climbing, and backpacking. After receiving and handling them in person, I can say the cost is well worth it. The cork handles feel awesome and the flicklock pro locks feel super secure as they are now made of steel.The only gripe I had is with the plastic cover pieces on the flicklocks. They seem like they would crack easily and my poles actually had a small internal crack already present upon receiving. I called BD and they said it is cosmetic and does not affect performance and that they can send new pieces if yours break.Can't go wrong with these poles!
"The greatest poles besides the ones people dance on!!"
I recently upgraded from my old aluminium poles for these sweet high-speed-low-drag carbon poles for my trip to the Grand Canyon. They are extremely comfortable, lightweight and boy can they take a beating. I've read some reviews on other websites complaining about the new Flicklocks coming undone by brush or other objects on the trail, but I took these bad boy down from the north rim down to the Colorado river and back and never had a problem. Yes they're expensive but totally worth it. I can't wait to take them on my mountaineering trip this winter; they come with powder baskets!
Bought these poles for my sister's JMT thru hike. When she got back, they were still in pretty good condition after 24 rough days on the trail and she said they performed admirably. The cork grips were good on the hands.
I have used these Black Diamond Alpine Carbon cork trekking poles for over 8 years. I have been pretty careful with them but not babied them at any time.They are still going strong.No issues with any corrosion or finish cracking or carbon delamination. The adjustment mechanisms have held up and are still tight clamping yet easy to adjust and flip. They do take a firm grip to unlatch them. However, I think that is designed so the don't flip open accidentally and collapse your poles. I appreciate the light weight of these and don't ever notice any extra fatigue from using these. Actually, they really extend your stamina and stability quite well. I love using these during water crossings. I really thing trekking poles are a must if one one going across uncertain terrain with any sort of packed weight. They can be a life saver and prevent a bad tumble or twisted ankle that might otherwise end a beautiful hiking adventure. Good poles and worth the money spent on them.
"Never will backpack without poles again"
I'd never backpacked with poles before but there were a few sections of snow on the trail I was headed so I went ahead and ordered a set. All I can say is that these poles were great and really helped me up some big passes even without snow. Quality and construction was perfect. It took awhile to get the strap adjusted correctly but once you get it right they are awesome.
I have hiked Fuji, the Minami Alps, and other various mountains with these wonderful poles and I must say they are great! Very light weight, super compact, and strong. The cork feels really comfortable in the hand. Even when I am sweating a lot, the cork does a great job of not feeling wet. The adjustment is super easy making it nice for on the move adjustments. I have used these in mud, rocks, snow, grasslands, small rivers, and everything in between. They really do take the strain off my legs. This is actually the first pair of trekking poles I have ever own. I was very surprised at how much they really do help. I'll never go on a tri with out them. My girlfriend and best friend love these as well. To me, this is the best set available and I looked at them all while I was deciding on what pair to go with. A little bit pricey, but you get what you pay for.