Best Trekking Poles? – Black Diamond Trail Ergo Review

Having used various models of trekking poles throughout my life I have finally found the best trekking poles! Perfect for trekking and strong enough for solo back country hiking – check ’em out:

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In this video Chase Tucker from Trekking FAQs reviews some of the best hiking poles on the market – the Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork.

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Overview of the Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles:

HANDLE: The 15 degree angled ergonomic handles which give the trekking pole it’s name allow for a very natural wrist flick that brings the poles forward effortlessly, making it easier to increase cadence and get into a solid rhythm. Cork handle prevents rubbing and sweating and is very comfortable on long days. Strap is also very comfortable and easily adjustable. The foam non slip handle below the cork upper is excellent for those short increases in trail steepness.

STRUCTURE: Build with aerospace alloy, the pole structure is extremely durable, strong but very light at only 265g each. The flick lock is the main feature that I cover in the video, its incredible simple design and strong construction means a much lower chance of it breaking when you really need it. The flick lock allows for complete adjustability between 74cm and 140 cm.

TIPS & BASKETS: Inter-changable carbide tips are easily swapped for rubber tips (not included) should they be necessary, for instance if you were trekking the Inca Trail and other treks where carbide tips are not allowed.

Series : Mountain
Weight Per Pair : 510 g (1 lb 2 oz)
Usable Length : 74-140 cm (29-55 in)
Collapsed Length : 73.5 cm (29 in)


If you’re planning on doing a trek, I recommend you do some training beforehand, it’s often a lot more challenging than people expect. And after all, its a holiday! So the fitter you are the more you’ll enjoy it! But don’t forget your trekking poles!


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bikegirl2 says:

i have the foam ones. they are very nice. my first set and im really pleased x


Hi great Post. Keep Up the great Work

Lisa Baney says:

H! Love your videos and your channel. About to head off onto a women’s climb of Kilimanjaro and coming to terms with the fact that I have to use trekking poles (I say that with humor, yes, I trust you and the leader that we should — I just have never used them as a long-time backpacker growing up!). By coincidence before seeing your video, today I brought home a pair of the same company (Black Diamond)’s fairly similar Alpine Carbon Cork. Which I haven’t taken on the trail yet, but have checked them out around the house (still have the packaging on one of the poles)… I get the sense they are fairly similar in stability, and with the cork, the locking mechanism and manufacturer!

But I wondered what you think about Black Diamond’s Alpine FLZ Trekking Poles — that is, the ones that have a folding mechanism like tent poles toward the bottom and the locking mechanism for height adjustment toward the top? Let’s say I don’t feel like using the poles all day on the flats, and just want to pop them in my daysack? (We are cheating, we have sherpas for our big bags!).

It was actually someone at the Black Diamond retail store where I called today for advice who said he thought they were also very stable and that they would be fine for a trek like Kili. And he felt they may be more convenient for the future? But my intuition says, how can a folding pole be as stable?

If it IS as stable, I think it would be more versatile for my future — for those days I am on a short social/fitness hike and maybe I would be happy to be able to stow it? Sorry for such a long message, but what are your thoughts? Here is the company’s summary of this folding technology:
Before I go our for my next hike to try this out, I wondered what your hunch is?

Ian L says:

How about the BD Alpine Carbon poles?

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