With extended length natural cork grips, innovative locking mechanisms, and three adjustable carbon fiber shaft sections, Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork trekking poles offer lightweight performance for all-weather adventure.
With extended length natural cork grips, easy to use external flick lock mechanisms, carbon construct and three part adjustability, Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles offer light weight year round performance. Let’s take a closer look at its construction and set of features.
The Alpine Carbon Cork trekking poles are three section poles. So you have got two points of adjustability and a nice broad range of usability, 25 inches at the minimum length all the way up to 51 inches on the maximum length. And making those adjustments couldn’t be much simpler thanks to Black Diamond’s FlickLock Pro mechanisms. So easy to use external locking mechanisms. Flip them open. Adjust the poles to the height you would like them to be. There are markings here on the shaft sections to help guide you. And then you just close the lock. Do the same thing here on the upper section and you are all set.
There is metal construction on these FlickLock Pro mechanisms, so a very durable, very strong locking mechanism, but, again, very simple to use. The poles are equipped with extended length grips. At the top here the handle portion has a really nice natural cork construction. Nice ergonomics to those grips and just really, really nice next to skin feel. So whether in dry conditions, whether it is warm and you have got sweaty palms, you are going to get great performance out of those grips.
This extended length portion of foam that is beneath the natural cork grip enables you to grab the pole in kind of different positions. By being able to do that rather than having to make constant micro adjustments, especially when you are switch backing and you are finding you are turning in different ways to the slope and would prefer to the poles at different lengths, you can just change where you grab the poles instead of having to make constant adjustments, so nice feature there.
It also is just a great place to grab the poles when you do want to make adjustments, especially in winter if you think about having gloved hands and maybe not ... your normal dexterity. It is much easier to grab the poles here than on the narrower shaft sections.
The top of the grips you have got nice padded straps. These are for your wrists. There is adjustability here so you can kind of dial in that fit to where you find it most comfortable. Over the course of long days on the trail this certainly does take wear and tear off of your wrists which can take a bit of abuse as you are pounding the poles into the ground again and again and again. So really nice set of features there on the grips.
At the other end of the poles you will find Black Diamond’s Flex Tech tips. So this entire section here at the bottom of the lowest shaft section. The flex does indicate the fact that there is a little bit of give here. It helps to protect the actual shaft section. So if you were to wedge these in such a fashion that you could potentially be breaking the actual shaft section, this would, instead, sheer away, which is good news, because this is a replicable part, sold separately, but easily replaced. Broken shaft section, especially out in the back country, could be a much bigger problem.
The very, very end here is the carbide portion of the Flex Tech tip. So it comes into contact with the ground. If you are on dirt, packed trails, this is certainly what you would want coming into contact with the ground itself. The tech naming in this tip indicates that can actually be unscrewed, entirely taken off and replaced by a small, custom fit rubber tip, which would be preferable if you were using these on improved surfaces or primarily on rock. You actually get better performance there. That is sold separately, but, again, you can purchase that and have a more permanent or semi permanent placement. You an also separately buy tip protectors, basically, a cap that goes over the entire tip end.
Also want to point out this small diameter piece here. It is a basket. It is designed to keep the poles from sinking too deeply into the ground so you get the leverage of the ... off of the poles that you would expect. If you wanted to use these poles in snow, deep powder, things of that nature, Black Diamond does include broader diameter baskets here. They screw right into place and now you have got that much better performance on softer surfaces, so a nice inclusion there that bumps up the versatility of the Alpine Carbon Cork poles.
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles. They have got that lightweight carbon construction, that broad range of adjustability, those nice, natural cork grips and the versatility included with those external flick locks and the broader profile baskets really grants these poles year round performance for any number of outdoor activities.