Incorporating easy-to-adjust external locks, extended-length grips and rugged aluminum construction, Black Diamond Trail Pro trekking poles are an excellent balance of year-round performance and price.
Black Diamond Trail Pro Trekking Poles are an excellent balance of price and performance. You are getting a high end feature set for year round use at a really affordable price. Let’s take a closer look at the features of the Black Diamond Trail Pro trekking pole.
The Trail Pro poles are three section poles. So you have got two points of adjustability. It enables these telescoping poles to collapse down to just 25 inches, but gives them a nice adjustability range, in fact, all the way up to 55 inches. You have got markings on the shaft sections to let you know exactly what length you have extended them to. And you have got easy to use and nicely constructed flick lock pro locking mechanisms. So it is an external locking mechanism. You don't need to worry over whether it is tight enough or loose enough. Open it. Move it to where you want it to be and lock it down. The metal construction in play here on the flick lock pro mechanism increases strength and also increases the durability and longevity.
You have got extended length EVA foam grips on the Trail Pro trekking poles. So really nice comfortable hand hold. Next to skin that foam feels just really nice, really comfortable. You have got adjustable straps for your wrists. The fabric on the inside of those straps wicks moisture which also enhances comfort, gives you a little bit of padding as well.
The extended length to those grips comes in handy if you are using these in winter, you have got gloved hands and it can just be, you know, a little troublesome to hold the poles while you are making adjustments. You have got that much more range at which to grab the poles. That length of grip range also comes in handy when you are side hilling or you are traversing back and forth across a slope. If you didn’t have that extension, you only have those top grips, you might find yourself making micro adjustments to the length of the poles every time you turn on a switch back. It can be a little inconvenient and can slow you down. But you can set the Trail Pro poles to a height at which you can change where you are grabbing them as you cut back and forth across that hill. Really convenient, smart, simple feature that certainly adds value to the poles.
On the other end of the poles is where you will find Black Diamond’s flex tech tips. So that is this entire piece here at the bottom of the lowest shaft section. It is worth mention that the design there is such that this whole piece is replaceable. It is designed that way, because it is also constructed in such a fashion that if you would find yourself with the poles in the kind of situation that could break the poles... and by that I mean actually breaking or snapping the aluminum shaft sections, instead of that occurring this piece can break away. While that might not sound ideal, it is a whole lot better than having actually broken shaft sections, especially in the back country. So that is a replaceable part.
On the very end of that tip is where you will find the carbide portion, which is really what is coming into contact with the ground. On dirt, on trail, those kid of surfaces, this is ideal. This can be screwed off entirely and replaced with a semi permanent rubber tip. It is sold separately, but available for purchase in replacement for that tip. It gives the poles versatility and basically puts those poles in a much better position to perform on improved surfaces if you were using these at all on roads or even indoors. Some people are taking these on museum tours and things like that. Or on rock. That rubber tip can actually give a little bit better performance on a smooth rock than a carbide tip might. So, again, Black Diamond builds some of that versatility in.
While we are talking about there on the tips, you will see some threading on the tip itself. And just above it you will see this low profile trekking basket. On most surfaces where you are probably not sinking very deeply into the ground anyway, this basket is enough to stop the poles from going any further than you want them to. If these poles were to go too far into the ground, they are actually not giving you that smooth, supportive action that you are expecting of the poles, the reason you are using them in the first place.
Black Diamond throws in with each pair of Trail Pro trekking poles, these broader profile powder baskets. You think about using these in snow. Snow is going to give way in a fashion that dirt or packed trails will not. And in that case, you are going to love the fact that these slow the progress of the poles into the ground. You get that tip far enough in to give you the purchase you want and you keep moving forward.
So, again, great value built into these poles by having Black Diamond include them.
Black Diamond Trail Pro trekking poles with that durable aluminum construction, those easy to use extremely durable flick lock pro external locking mechanisms, the powder baskets thrown in, you have got an excellent amount of value and year round performance in this single set of poles.