Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork

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Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork
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With a lightweight carbon fiber construction, a natural cork grip, and dual FlickLock® Pro adjustability, the Alpine Carbon Cork is a premium four-season pole.
For ounce-sensitive missions on the trail or in the snow, the lightweight, 100% carbon fiber Black Diamond Carbon Cork trekking pole offers a super-comfortable, premium cork grip and the supremely functional adjustability of dual FlickLock® Pro. Interchangeable carbide Tech Tips can easily be switched out for rubber Tech Tips (sold separately) and two sets of baskets can be tailored to trail or snow activities.


  • Natural cork grips with dual-density top knobs fit comfortably in your hands


  • 100% carbon fiber shaft construction is super lightweight and strong
  • 100% carbon fiber construction provides a low weight of just over a pound per pair

Support and Cushioning:

  • Adjustable nubuck leather webbing wrist loops support wrists

Weather and Wind:

  • The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork trekking poles include powder baskets for use in the snow
  • Includes low-profile trekking baskets and powder baskets so you can tailor your poles to both trail and snow activities


  • Poles feature interchangeable carbide tips and low-profile trekking baskets; baskets' small size reduces weight and snagging
  • Dual Flick-Lock Pro adjustability lets you quickly and easily tweak pole length and securely lock it in place

Traction and Grip:

  • Foam extensions beneath the top grips allow the hiker to drop the uphill hand lower on the shaft while traversing steep terrain
  • EVA mini-grip extension allows you to quickly choke-up on the pole on steep sections of trail
  • Natural cork grip has a dual-density top and Nubuck leather straps for a slip-free hold and all-day comfort
  • Non-slip foam mini-grip extension for secure choke ups


  • FlickLock Pro adjustment system is fast, secure, and reliable
  • Double FlickLock Pro adjusters allow easy, slip-proof adjustment and won't accidentally loosen like conventional "twist" type adjusters
  • 3 sections of carbon fiber create lightweight poles that absorb vibration and retain strength over a wide temperature range
  • Includes Trekking Baskets and Compactor Powder Baskets for summer and winter performance
  • Carbide Tech Tips provide durable, secure performance with added bite on hard or slippery surfaces; can be easily switched out for rubber Tech Tips (sold separately)
  • FlickLock Pro is 20% smaller and 30% easier to open than its predecessor and offers twice the holding force
FEATURES of the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles - Pair.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles - Pair.

From sun-drenched deserts to powder-filled backcountry bowls, trust the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Pole for reliable performance every season of the year. The 100% carbon fiber construction keeps the weight to a minimum, and the natural cork grip wicks away moisture for a slip-free hold on steep, exposed terrain.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) (2013)
Lightweight carbon fiber construction, super-comfortable premium cork grips, and dual FlickLock Pro adjustability make the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles ideal for weight-sensitive adventures both on the trail and in the snow.

Country of Origin: Imported


The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork trekking poles add support, stability and effortless swing to your wilderness forays, with 3 vibration-absorbing carbon fiber sections and natural cork grips.


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Additional Info:Series : Mountain
Adjustment Method:Flick-lock
Camera mount:No
Collapsed Length:62.5 cm, 25 in
Grip Type:Straight
Grip material:Cork
Length:Collapsed Length : 62.5 cm, 25 in
Locking mechanism:External lever lock
Max. Length:51 in. (130 cm)
Maximum length (cm):130 centimeters
Maximum length (in.):51 inches
Min. Length:25 in. (62.5 cm)
Minimum length (cm):62.5 centimeters
Minimum length (in.):25 inches
Number Of Sections:3
Pole Material:Carbon
Shaft material:Carbon fiber
Shock absorbing:No
Usable Length:25 x 51" / 62.5 x 130 cm
Weight:17.2 oz. (490 g)
Weight per pair:Weight Per Pair : 490 g, 1 lb 1.2 oz
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Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

great poles

These are the best poles I have owned after Leki Corklite Aergon, REI traverse, and several other lesser brands. The flick locks are the best design I have seen yet, the straps are comfortable (the Leki's were uncomfortable), and the grips are comfortable and well designed.

One major advantage of these BDs, which may not appeal to all users, is that you can remove the lower section of one pole, and the tip of the other pole (about 3" long) slips into the bottom lock on the first pole, so you can lock the two poles together for use as a long pole for a pyramid shelter or other tall tarp (this also works with the slightly less expensive BD models). I have a GoLite Shangri-La 3 tent and these poles make a perfect center pole for the shelter, cutting out the need for the 15 oz. pole that came with the tent.

I don't want to get in a tuss with the other reviewers, but having straps or not is a matter of preference- the straps do have a purpose but it is certainly not a misuse to remove them- it is very common with thru-hikers. Arguing otherwise is like saying that everyone who ever used a walking pole needs to have it strapped to their arm somehow. The straps on my Leki poles dug into my skin so I took them off- this was before a PCT hike - you have to use the muscles in your hands more, that is all, and many hikers prefer it, especially the ounce counters. These straps are cushy and make comfortable contact, so I kept them on, but like one reviewer pointed out, you can remove them by pushing the metal pin through with a pointed object.

I have put these poles in some pretty strenous situations, getting them stuck between rocks or roots and then putting a lot of forward weight on them, and they hold up great.
I did have a problem with the cork crumbling off in little pieces in the ridges on the handles, and there was not much I could do to increase the durability so I sanded the crumbled areas flat and the problem did not worsen. I think BD will need to fix this issue in future models, or maybe I have a flawed set, but I'm not returning them.
Overall, despite the flaw I highly recommend this product, it is one of the best on the market.
RainforestSasquatch at REI on 04/04/2013

Great Poles

I didn't regularly use trekking poles until recently. But, I've been converted and love them while I hike! I've used these poles for light and fast hiking with virtually no load and loads between 30 lbs. - 55 lbs. I use protective rubber tips to minimize environmental impact, but I have used the more aggressive tips in really wet conditions. In both cases, they added stability. Additionally, I think they help keep vision focused on the more distant horizon as well as what is right under foot.

I use two poles for a couple reasons: 1) An extra pole can always be used for emergency situations – anything from an injury to makeshift shelter; and 2) I like the rhythm of walking with two poles.

The cork grips on these Black Diamond poles are great and more naturally absorb sweat from palms than plastic or foam. I also think they feel better than synthetics. I prefer the feel of these Black Diamond cork grips compared to competing brands. To me, there is something more natural in the Black Diamond's cork texture.

I was deciding between these carbon fiber poles and other aluminum models from Black Diamond. At the store, I noticed these are quieter, and I don't like extra noise when I'm hiking. The aluminum poles make a slight ringing sound when they strike the ground. I've noticed these in other people's aluminum poles outdoors as well. According to many manufacturers, aluminum adds extra strength. But I like the quiet and light qualities of these poles.

If you're considering new trekking poles, these are a great buy.
TGB at REI on 10/10/2013

Awesome theres NO Better Trekking Poles

I used these trekking poles bushwhacking, and climbing though the mountains in Alaska on a 80 mile trek. Have going though quite a few aluminum poles over the past couple years always breaking. them i had decided to try out carbon knowing that carbon was great with taking abuse as well as it doesn't bend.
the lock system stronger then a twist lock system, this was both a pro and a con to the poles the
pro: being twice as strong as a twist system on cheaper poles
con: was it so easy to flick open, some times looking down and noticing half of one of my trekking poles was still stuck in the mud or collapsed on its self. it didn't happen much i bought them expecting that too from other reviews.
other then that no problems with them.

the grip was more aggressive then Leki poles, but in the end didn't i didn't care. Because i was happy to have a full cork grip that is more durable and helps with absorbing moisture. along with the lower grip foam grip that helps give a different angel of use when climbing a mountain.

these carbon poles took abuse that aluminum poles couldn't survive.
Mark Shat Supertramp at REI on 08/08/2013

They please my knees

As a middle aged, thicker through the middlle hiker, I had begun to experience knee pain at the end of a day of hiking/packpacking. Hiking poles have really made a difference in wear and tear on my joints especially when the trail involves alot of elevation change. I beleive that make the greatest difference on the down-hill portion of my hikes.

Having adjustable hiking poles has allowed my to go lighter as well. I have ditched a heavy 2 person tent in favor of lighter options made possible with the hiking poles; tarps and tents. Included snow baskets will come in handy if I pull the trigger on a set of snowshoes I have been eyeing.

The cork grips on the Black Diamond poles are comfortable. The locking adjustment mechanism is easy and reliable. The carbon fiber has proven resilient; I can be clumsy.

I am happy I made this purchase.
Dave in Mpls at REI on 09/09/2013

These babies simply are the best. Ultra-light, durable, adjustable, and comfortable.
Cork handles are comfortable and don't induce sweaty palms. Should your hands or poles be damp, the cork still provides positive grip keeping your hands on the poles where needed. Carbon shafts are strong and durable enough to put some serious weight on should you need too. The locking adjusters are positive in locking, meaning they stay put despite leverage being placed upon them. Black Diamond really did a good job with the locking mechanism. This is what initially drew me to these poles and I haven't been let down.
Steel tip is durable, but to minimize environmental impact I'm often using the rubber tips unless I'm on ice. Optional snow skirts are nice as well and increase versatility.
Lots of miles on these and other than some scrapes/scratches they're as dependable as they were on day 1.
Great product!

Justin Hebert at on 12/09/2013

great but straps too short for winter

This is overall an excellent product but the straps are too short for winter gloves (if you hold the poles in the proper way). I only wear medium unisex gloves but I had to return a pair of great BD mittens because they didn't fit at all. Other winter gloves (which were not enough on Adirondack peaks in January) barely left enough room to grasp pole. I called BD and their product guy said he "wasn't a trekking pole guy" and had never used poles. They do not carry any larger straps, neither does REI carry replacement straps.

Note other review said he removed straps which is not at all the right way to use poles. The straps are supposed to take some of the weight rather than requiring your grip to take the weight.
stillgoing at REI on 02/02/2013

Solid, decent

These are solid poles. One of the latches came open once on my 3-day hike and the latches seem to not be as secure as I want, the cork grips and black handles stayed wet longer than I though and got uncomfortable. They are not super-light but they are light. I had never used poles before and they helped me safely cross streams with ease, helped cushion the impact on my knees down hill and helped me up some steep climbs I couldn't otherwise have gotten up with my 40 lb pack, and they kept me standing when my legs were done, when you're tired your hands will start to do the walking with these poles, lifesavers.
Kitchensink at REI on 09/09/2013

Upgraded to these from some BD Aluminum models. They are comfortable, very strong (read: I'm a big fella) and very adjustable. They adjust quickly and the grips are quite nice.
At first I wondered whether I'd be losing utility with carbon poles over aluminum, thinking that I would not be able to use them "off axis" (for campsite gadgetry, etc.) ... but since I'm committee to collapsible poles, I probably never had that utility available anyhow.
Picked mine up on SAC. Can't believe they appeared there. Nonetheless the BC full price seems reasonable for the quality and the weight savings of these poles.

David Thiel at on 07/07/2013

This is my only trekking pole I've ever owned. I have touched a few others and I just couldn't decide on which one to get. Have you ever seen the people who use trekking poles on simple hikes? Yeah, not the people I really want to ask advice from. These were on sale, so I said "Fuc# it" and bought them. I have to say I have had others wanting to touch my pole when we are taking a rest. Other than that they are trekking poles. Did I fail to mention that they are the best I've ever owned?

greg at on 03/23/2013

Worth every penny

Using them for my backpacking and (strenuous) day hikes. Great weight, solid construction (compare these flip-lock screws with others at the store -- no worries about mid-hike screw malfunction with these poles).

Careful with the cork grips: one rock scramble scuffed one of them when they were fastened to my back (I was crawling through a tight spot and they brushed (?) against a rock. Perhaps this was a combination of the force and the sweat...
Rotten Ace at REI on 04/04/2013

Neutral Reviews:

New flick lock, bushwhackers beware

For the kind of hiking I do, lots of off trail bushwhacking, the new flick lock is a design defect. Today, on 2 occasions, a branch of a bush I was muscling my way through tripped the flick lock and dropped the 2 segments into the dirt. I noticed right off when I tried to plant the pole for my next move. I've been very happy with the older BD flick lock carbon poles and in all the years I've used them I've never had this problem. There is a protruding grip on the flick lock that can be easily caught by a branch and released. BD needs to back off this 'improvement' - I'm returning this for last year's model.

Otherwise 5 stars for BD carbon just not this one.
CRGorgeHiker at REI on 11/11/2012