Trekking Pole Review


Black Diamond’s Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles excel when the need for speed is equal to the need for knees. For the longest time, I doubted the power of the trekking pole. Then, while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, I found myself picking up any good stick I could find to aid my daily progress. Those thousands of miles hiked without sufficient poles for the task ensured that my next investment would be a great pair of sticks. Due to a history of knee trouble, I only wanted the best so I went with Black Diamond.


I recently completed my first trail marathon and my knees have never been happier! Now, I make forever friends on the trail by lending my Black Diamond poles to struggling comrades. The Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles have a cork hand grip that absorbs sweat from your hands while you melt in the blistering sun and will even mold to your hand over time. The foam cushion hand grip below the cork allows you to use the poles like an ice axe as you claw your way up the constant elevation change of the Appalachian Trail without adjusting the height and slowing you down. Because of their ultra-light weight, 1lb 2oz per pair, you will have no problem lending your hands to good use on the huge mile days! The poles adjust to an easily packable size when strapped to the outside of your backpack using the simple flick lock open. This is the difference between 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive in the backcountry. Try the Ergo Cork Trekking Poles from Black Diamond, your knees will thank you.