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Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles

Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles

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These super lightweight, durable and fully adjustable poles are perfect for four-season backpacking, trekking and travel use. Made primarily from Carbon Fibre, they weigh a miniscule 486g per pair. 

Description

Season : 2019W OFFER

Code : BD112514-ALL

Weight : 0KG

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What are the Alpine Carbon Cork poles?

The Alpine Carbon Cork poles are super lightweight, tough, adjustable and versatile; they're perfect for trekking, backpacking, general walking, travel, the list goes on! 

What are they made of?

As you may have guessed by their name, they're primarily made from carbon fibre and cork. Carbon is used throughout the shaft of the pole, while cork is used in the grip. Carbon is lighter and stronger than aluminium, so Black Diamond reserve it for their high-end poles where every gram is noticeable. Cork is used throughout the grip as it will manage moisture, is soft and comfortable and works with or without gloves. Aluminium is used for the FlickLock system, but more about that later.

What are the features?

FlickLock Pro adjustment: Black Diamond's FlickLock adjustment has always been incredibly easy and reliable to adjust, however with some recent updates it's now stronger, lighter and even easier again. This quick adjustment system allows you to make fast, easy adjustments to the length of your poles at home or out on the trail. To find out how to adjust the poles, watch the detailed video below this description. 

Other features include a 'Solution Strap' which gives added security when walking on technical terrain, an included 38mm basket and lastly interchangable carbide and rubber tips to account for varying surface changes.

  • Carbon Fibre construction
  • Aluminium FlickLock adjusters
  • Premium cork grip
  • Interchangable tips
  • Ski-compatible ferrule

 

Care & Advice

Here are some useful tips and advice on how to get the most of your walking and trekking poles so you can enjoy your adventures more, be safer and improve your fitness. The use of walking and trekking poles has become much more popular, and acceptable, and will provide huge benefits if they fit you properly and you understand the techniques required.

So what are the benefits?

Stability and support.

Rather obviously using a pair of trekking poles is like having another set of feet, they will provide an extra footing on uneven terrain, on river and stream crossings and will support your weight when tackling steep ascents and descents.

Reduced body stress.

Using a pair of poles dramatically reduces the stress placed on joints, tendons and muscles as the simple act of pushing down on the poles reduces your body weight. Try standing on a set of scales with a set of poles held gently in your hands and placed on the floor to see how much lighter you become. Now imagine that weight reduction from every stride taken on every mile walked and it’s clear how beneficial they can be. By developing a good technique your posture will improve, your breathing will be easier and perceived exertion will be reduced. A good technique is particularly beneficial when carrying a heavy pack. You will feel fresher at the end of your walk and you’ll ache less the following day.

Traction and propulsion

With a pair of poles it’s like having “4 wheel drive”, you have 2 added contact points from which to push off. Nordic walkers and cross country skiers have developed the technique to push off from their poles providing massive additional propulsion. Walkers can also benefit from that technique and gain an extra “push” to reduce exertion. The “skiing” technique also gives you a full body work out and increases cardio-vascular activity.

This sounds good, so how do I get started?

It is really important to use the strap and handle correctly. The strap is not just there to stop you losing the poles; it’s there to provide an integral link and aid with propulsion. Slide your hand UP through the loop and then adjust the size so that it is snug, but not too tight. Relax your grip and open you hand so that the strap lies flat over the back of your hand and then comes together between your thumb and forefinger. You’ll notice that the strap has a twist built in which is to allow it to follow the contour of your hand and lie flat. If you push down you should feel the weight being taken across your whole hand. There is no need to grip the handle tightly when using poles as this can cause tendon strain over time. Your hand should remain relaxed and let the strap do the work.  This method allows you to retain control of the pole and be fully supported by the strap.

Setting the correct height of your trekking poles

There is no exact science about the absolutely correct pole length and as you become used to using them you’ll want to experiment with the length. But to get you started stand nice and upright and hold the poles (correctly) with the tips on the floor. Your elbows should now be at an angle of about 90°. When you adjust the length please ensure that the overall length is divided equally between the sections. Avoid having one section all the way out and one section all the way in.

Walking with poles.

Walkers can really benefit from a version of the skiing technique used by Nordic walkers and skiers; if you ever seen cross country skiing you’ll be aware of this technique. The simplest way to learn is to find a flat piece of ground large enough to walk comfortably, a football pitch or park is ideal.

  1. Hold your poles correctly (as described above) and then hang your arms loosely by your sides with the poles angled backwards and the tips dragging on the floor behind you.
  2. Start to walk normally with your arms by your side and just let the poles drag along the floor.
  3. Now repeat step 2 but allow your arms to swing freely from the shoulder. Try not to think about what the poles are doing.
  4. If you become confused and get all tangled up with the poles just go back to step 2 and start again.
  5. As you swing your hands forward and upwards you’ll notice that the poles tips will stay in contact with the ground and then as you swing your hand backwards you’ll notice the resistance as you push against the pole contact point.
  6. Keep practicing until you become comfortable with swinging the pole freely and pushing off backwards, through the strap, against the contact point. This provides propulsion and support and as you push backwards and downwards, in effect un-weighting yourself, it reduces the stress on your joints.

Try to keep your arms soft and relaxed with your hands not rising higher than the position you’d normally adopt when shaking hands with someone. You may notice that your stride naturally lengthens, which is a good thing, and that the contact point for the pole tip is approximately mid stride. As you push off against the pole try to use your whole arm, from the shoulder and not from the elbow. Keep practising and with time this technique will feel totally natural and you’ll wonder how you ever managed to walk without poles. It’ worth noting that this technique works perfectly on flat even ground, but it can be adapted to suit uneven terrain, it just takes practice.

One pole or two?

All of the above benefits and techniques will only apply if you use two poles. One pole may be sufficient if you are travelling over easy flat terrain and you are not carrying a pack. When you use two poles you can really take advantage of all of the benefits, including the increase in fitness that comes with developing a good technique so you can use your whole body, not just your legs.

Technical Information

Technical Information

Weight: 486g

Sizing Information

Usable length: 61-130cm

Collapsed length: 61cm

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The product I bought was competitively priced. The video demonstration of the product assisted me in my decision to purchase the item and was very informative, as it showed all of the features and the fit. I chose "click and collect" which was an efficient and quick process. I would definitely shop here again.

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