Bad knees bears.
You know you're in for a grind when your knees start to ache about three miles into a fifteen-mile hike, so give your joints a little relief with the Black Diamond Trail Back Trekking Poles. Their three-section design and reliable FlickLock extension system means you can pack them down and throw them on your pack when you need your hands free during those steep, scrambly sections of trail, and the molded rubber grips have a soft EVA foam extension so can choke up on them when you're side-hilling.
- Three-section aluminum shaft
- Molded rubber grip
- Non-slip EVA foam grip extension
- Double FlickLock locking mechanisms
- Long Flex tips
- Trekking baskets included
- Q & A
I got these for my dad we just recently had knee surgery. He loves them and takes them on every hike now.
Are snow baskets available for these poles?
Trusty Hiking Poles
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These poles were my favorite piece of gear on my thru-hike. They aren't the lightest poles out there, but at the end of the day they did a fine job. Every month or so I'd have to tighten the locking mechanism as it would gradually come loose and eventually slip, but that can be done in 10 seconds. I fell about 10 times over the course of the summer, but these poles prevented at least 50 other spills. Less than 100 miles from the end of the trail I had a good fall on slippery rocks that bent the lower third of one pole to the point that it wouldn't collapse into itself anymore. Despite the bend, I was able to continue using them to hike with to the end of the trail. It was with a heavy heart that I "retired" these poles when I got home after 2200 miles. Pretty good bang for 80 bucks.
Hi, what is the difference between Black Diamond Trail Trekking poles and Trail Back Trekking poles? Thanks.
Quite suitable for trails
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I put these through a 9 mile day hike right off the bat. They made a huge difference when carrying even lighter loads in my Kestrel 32. I found them to be comfortable and easy to work with. I have no complaints about them. They just work, and work well. I went a little further and got the rubber tip caps that are available separately. I would recommend using some kind of light glue to help them hold to the pole end. I lost a brand new cap in a snow bank in Colorado. Kinda wanted that cap for the dirt and hard surface portions of trail. Despite the loss of the cap, the poles worked quite well.
Does this product come with one or two poles?
Hi Benajamin, Yes, this product does come with two poles. If you have any other questions, let me know and I'll get you taken care of. - Matthew Pizza - Expert Gearhead
Good Trekking Poles for general use
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Black Diamond is a reliable name and these live up to expectation. They are good middle of the road trekking poles. Collapse to a nice packable size, light enough, good balance and comfortable grips. When fully extended they are solid and don't slip. I am 61 years old and 175# male, 6'2"
More expensive poles offer lighter weight, cork grips, additional features. These suit my day trekking up to 15 miles fine. Good for rocks and uneven surfaces with the Black Diamond rubber tips I added. I have not tried them with the original metal tips. Southern California mountain and trail hiking so far.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I wasn't looking for anything spectacular in a trekking pole. I wanted a set of poles that were right in the middle of the road, and durability was my main concern. I am not concerned with having the lightest poles, or the most high tech material. These things perform exactly as I need them to, and they feel really solid even at their full extension. My knees and I are very pleased to have these along for longer hikes and backpacking trips.
|Suggested Pole Length||100cm||110cm||120cm||130cm|
< 5ft 1in
5ft 1in - 5ft 7in
(154cm - 171cm)
5ft 8in - 5ft 11in
(172cm - 182cm)
- How to Measure:
- For walking, hiking and backpacking:
- Stability and support matter most. Size up if you're right on a size cusp.
- For Running:
- Uphill propulsion matters most. Size down if you're right on a size cusp.