Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Z trekking poles deliver reliable 4-season performance in a lightweight, collapsible design. Innovative construction enables them to collapse down smaller and weigh far less than traditional carbon trekking poles.
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Z trekking poles deliver reliable four season performance in light weight, packable design.
The collapsible construction of these poles enables them to pack down far smaller than traditional trekking poles, making them an interesting option for mountaineers, hikers or backpackers.
Let’s take a closer look at the feature set of the Alpine Carbon Z trekking poles. I have broken down the pole to give you a better idea of those packed dimensions. This pole is available only in fixed length options. So you do not have a range of adjustability in these poles. But Black Diamond has made them available in four different lengths to accommodate users of varying heights. So you have got your choice of 100, 110, 120 or 130 centimeter length options. I have got the 120 centimeter version here in front of me now. And you can see it has got that 16 inch packed size, again, really convenient. You pick up another inch if you move to the 130 centimeters and you come down the line in pack size if you go with the shorter length options.
Before I put the pole back into place here I want to point out that flexible cording that runs the length of the poles and connects all four sections of the poles. Very light weight, but surprisingly strong and durable. To put the poles together, get them to that full extension, you just align the shaft sections and pull the handle until you hear that positive click. There is a little push button there that ensures that your poles hold that fixed length confidently. But, again, that push button design also makes it quite easy to collapse them again when you are done.
Really nice grips on the Alpine Carbon Z poles. You have got nice texturing on that natural cork grip, really confident handle. There are some nice ergonomics. You also have an extended foam section below that top grip. So if you are thinking about, again, these being all season poles, you might be using these with gloves. You might be using them on steep slopes and changing the direction on those slopes. So you could have any number of instances where you want to grab the poles, at least for a moment, at a slightly different point than at that that top grip and that extension comes in really handy.
You also have straps at the top of the grips. These are adjustable. Nice bit of padding on the interior fabric of those straps, also a kind of wicking lining there that adds to comfort as well. Adjust those straps, it helps to take the strain and the stress off your wrists as you are using the poles.
Turn the poles around to other end so we can take a look at the point of the poles that is coming into contact with the ground. This entire section, three and half, four inch section at... that attaches to the lowest portion, or the lowest shaft section is designed in such a fashion that if you would get yourself in some kind of situation where your carbon fiber poles might snap or break, let’s say you have wedged it between two rocks or something like that, this will actually break away and kind of save the integrity of the shaft section itself. And that is a nice feature as this is replaceable.
On the very end you can see these come equipped with carbide tip ends. On dirt, on trails, on softer surfaces like that, that is certainly the tip end that is going to serve you best. But Black Diamond does include rubber tips. This carbide portion will unscrew and you can replace it with that rubber tip. And this functions a lot better on smoother rock or certainly on improved surfaces and can be a nice swap out even for travel purposes, if you put the carbide tips, maybe, off of clothes or other things if you have got these packed away.
You will see this fairly broad diameter basket on these poles. That this actually wider or broader than you find on traditional poles, because, again, these were designed with the expectation that... for year round use or alpine use. So on softer surfaces and in snow, certainly, this is going to slow the travel of the poles deeper into the ground than you want them to. And that is important in enabling the poles to function at their highest level.
Adding to functionality here, Black Diamond throws in some really broad diameter baskets so what I think of more as deep powder basket where that snow is even deeper, you are more likely to be sinking into. Nice functionality by being able to screw those into place with threading that is there on the bottom. Again, Black Diamond includes, adds great value to these poles.
So in the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Z trekking pole, you have got year round performance with that light weight, but durable carbon construction, those swappable baskets that work well in the snow and in the softer surfaces. You have got those really nice cork grips and, again, that collapsibility that makes these such stream lined options for hiking, for mountaineering, for backpacking.