Black Diamond Alpine Ergo Cork Trekking Pole

Black Diamond
Alpine Ergo Cork Trekking Pole

Black Diamond Alpine Ergo Cork Trekking Pole is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 14.
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3.5 Star Rating
3.5
$89.99   $159.95
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FEATURES of the Black Diamond Alpine Ergo Cork Trekking Pole

  • Dual-density top and natural cork grip wicks away sweat
  • 15-degree corrective angle for optimal, ergonomic grip position
  • 100% carbon fiber mid and lower shafts, with aluminum upper
  • Non-slip grip extension and 360-degree padded webbing strap
  • Dual FlickLock Pro adjustability
  • Interchangeable carbide Tech Tips and low-profile trekking baskets

Product Specifications
Features: Adjustable
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Best Use: Trekking, Backpacking, Skiing
Locking System: Lever Lock
Shaft Material: Aluminum
Pole Tip Material: Carbide
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great in use. Some concerns about carry Extended and in use, I give these poles a easy 5 stars. They are a little heavier than than the all-carbon Leki that my wife uses, but these Black Diamonds feel so much more robust. I have full confidence that on loose downhill surfaces, if I need to put all of my weight on a pole, it is going to hold (whereas the Leki flexes alarmingly and the clasps may not hold either). The cork grips Seem rough at first (compared to foam), but the amount of non-slip grip in sweaty hands is again really appreciated in rough going. The negative points concern the collapsed carry. 1. The upper and middle sections have an L - shaped slot at the lower end (presumably to aid assembly/fixation of the clasps (?)). When collapsed, the clasp of the upper section secures around the slot of the middle section, making alarming creaking noises (alarming to me. From my time manufacturing and repairing golf clubs with carbon-graphite shafts, these noises do not bode well for longevity of the shaft!!!). Therefore, I find myself obliged to clasp the section at least 1 centimetre from the slot to avoid stress on that point of the shaft. 2. The lower section is very tapered towards the tip. Meaning that the mid-section clasp does not grip at all when the pole is collapsed. Indeed, the lower section free-falls about 1cm before friction (as the diameter increases) stops it. WORSE - because there is no tension on the clasp, the slightest tug (from abag strap, from passing branch/brush) will open it. Letting the lower section free-fall fully out of the pole to the ground. See the review from ‘Colton’ above for proof!!! The only answer is to pull the lower section out by 4-5cm until the diameter is sufficient to ensure tension on the clasp when closed (i.e. increases resistance to opening). Therefore, due to the two points noted above, the effective ‘safe’ collapsed length of the pole is about 74cm, not the 69cm quoted on the BD spec page. In view of the great performance of these poles (and the collapsed length being a lesser factor for me), I have geven them an overall 4 stars. However, if carry length is critical to you, you may may to carefully consider before purchase. And it is rather disappointing to find such ‘design faults’ in top of the range poles from a top of the range manufacturer.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from broken clasp out of the box i just bought a new set of these poles and the plastic cover to the locking clasp was broken right out the box. The poles look great and I love the grip and strap but the locking clasp are hard and painful to use. From reviews on other sites, this seems to be a common issue with these poles. What happened to the old style clasp? If i could get a set with the old style clasp, i would buy them in a heart beat
Date published: 2019-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stable, secure locking mechanism, lightweight I’ve had these poles for more than a year, they replaced a ten year old pair of Black Diamond aluminum poles that are still in good shape after much hard use. I just wanted a lighter pair. I use these poles three or four times a week for day hiking and backpacking on the mountain trails of Western North Carolina where we live and in the Rockies of Colorado and the Tetons of Wyoming. I have found them to be light weight, comfortable to grip and the locking mechanism to be very secure and easy to adjust. I frequently adjust the pole length on the fly, depending on whether I’m going up or down and how steep it is. I’m 77 years old and have been hiking on my own feet since I was four years old, tens of thousands of miles and all over the world. I just hiked several days in Corsica two weeks ago. These are the best poles I’ve ever owned. They show almost no signs of wear after more than a thousand miles of hiking, much of it in very steep, rugged terrain. My knees and hips particularly appreciate them going downhill and I can put my full weight on them with confidence in steep and difficult situations. I’m 6’2” and 190 lbs. and still hiking very steep and rocky and often slippery trails that would be impossible for me without very reliable poles. These poles are one of the best hiking purchases I’ve ever made.
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great poles, incredible locks, could be lighter I bought these to replace an inexpensive carbon fiber set that I have used for a bit over a year. The only reason I replaced them was because, although I never had problems, I don't trust the durability of the locks. The flip locks on these new poles are great. Adjustable and rugged. The relatively small negative is that these are 9 oz each while my old sticks are 6. Not too high a price to pay for dependability on an adjustable pole. Love the cork and ergo grips. Nice grips, built like a tank, great locks, just a bit heavier. Good sticks. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid, Lightweight and Functional! I bought the 2016 version of this pole and must say, Black Diamond got it right.I am a novice hiker that is ready to tackle longer and tougher trails. After car camping growing up and day hiking a lot of Europe, I am ready to discover the wild trails of the USA. I used some anti-shock poles for awhile because the salesman had a good line. They were cheap, in cost and quality. On the advice of an experienced hiker and friend, I bit the bullet and drop some serious money on the Black Diamond poles. There are only a few pieces of gear I like better than these poles. My days on the Bertram Trail and the Appalachian Trail showed me just how good they were. The nearly adjust on the fly capability allowed me to lengthen them slightly on the climbs while shortening them on the descents. Even with the all adjusting, the locking mechanism held solid throughout my hike. If I didn't set the pole correctly, the support straps kept the pole close at hand. When it was break time, the straps allowed my hands to slide free with the greatest of ease. The cork handles molded quickly and easily to my hands. Rain or shine, I never had a problem with the grip. It felt natural, with no stress on the wrists. The trails were both dirt/muddy and rocky. For the dirt, having the tips uncapped allowed the pole to achieve maximum grip with minimal effort. For the rockier sections, I used the rubber tips. Without them, any pole would slip but with them, these poles gripped firmly each and every time I set them down. I feel that the anti-shock feature of the other poles gave too much of an artificial feel, where the Black Diamond Alpine Ergo Cork Trekking Poles felt solid in their grip. My friend has used his poles on the AT, Philmont, and sections of the PCT, all without question to their solid construction and durability. I looked at his poles, after over a thousand miles of use and they look great.Mine are just being broken in but I can attest to their quality. Not only are they great on the trail, but in camp they serve as the perfect pole for my rainfly. We were expecting rain and the temps were still over 80. Opening up the fly offered great ventilation while still getting the most protection from the rain. When they are not needed, they fit perfectly on the side of my pack, while adding just a little more than a pound.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad Design It's a shame. The poles work well when they work but, a clasp on one broke on the first day. A clasp on the second pole broke two days later. Contacted Black Diamond. No satisfaction. It's basically a flawed design. The clasps are thin spring steel with press-fit plastic covers that pop off or break and when they do it is impossible to release the clasp without a tool or cutting your hand. Do you want to hike with an extra pair of pliers? It's a shame I always thought BD was a good brand. Live and learn. Try Leki or carry a toolbox on your hike.
Date published: 2019-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maybe they're a little too good I absolutely loved these poles. Unfortunately, someone else loved them just as much and absconded with them while I slept at a shelter in Maryland on the Appalachian Trail. I could really feel the difference as I hiked back to our base camp without them. Hopefully, I'll pick up another pair someday. If I do, I'll keep a closer eye on them!
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One Flaw First I'd like to say Mountain Steals was willing to make right my experience with them in light of experiencing what many reviews ( not just here) have said, the plastic covers on the flip locks are too brittle and are prone to breaking (BD if your listening, use a softer plastic). The one and only flaw I see to these Trekking Poles. But for the price I believe is forgivable, now if I paid $160 I'd be upset, even if just cosmetic. If you want a good set of poles for under $100, go for it.
Date published: 2019-07-13
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