Black Diamond Spire
Price Paid: $90
After researching trekking poles, I decided to go with the Black Diamond Spire. I really like the flicklock and binary system over the more common twistlock system. Adjusting the length of these poles is simple and quick. This system truly is zero slip. Initially I was looking for trekking poles with some sort of anti-shock system, but after using these poles over a multitude of different terrain, I'll tell you anti-shock isn't necessary. I put these poles to the test hiking the Zion Narrows. They performed flawlessly. The oval shaped design provides more rigidity in the fore/aft axis.
I have been putting of buying trekking poles due to the steep price, but they are well worth it! If you do a lot of hiking and backpacking over rough terrain, I highly recommend getting yourself some trekking poles. I'm very happy with my Black Diamond Spires and I'd buy them again.
Price Paid: $100
Best poles I've ever owned.
Better that the Leki's or REI CF UL's .. Primarily because this is the only set of poles that wants to stay locked. Both the other sets would collapse going down hill. And, sometimes with the Leki's I couldn't get them to lock in the first place without some minutes of "fiddlin".
Overall, A+ quality !!!!!!!
Price Paid: $75
Just returned from putting these through their paces in the Jotinheimen mountains in Norway...where their strength was much-appreciated. Comfortable grips, though you need to learn how to use the leashes or they slip. The flick-lock feature works well; it never slipped on me.
Four stars instead of five because they are a bit on the heavy side compared with other poles. For me the weight penalty was worth not having to mess with the twist-lock slippage that my wife and others experienced with Leki poles.
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An oval-shaped Elliptic shaft gives the Black Diamond Spire Trekking Pole increased stability and durability to take on all the abuses dished out by long days on the trail. Black Diamond gave the Spire Trekking Pole an anatomically correct, dual-density handle to make your hike as comfortable as possible. A combination of FlickLock and Binary locking mechanisms make length adjustment quick, easy, and solid to keep you going mile after mile.
Black Diamond's Spire with Elliptic Technology has almost twice the fore and aft stiffness of other poles on the market giving you unrelenting support on technical climbs and steep descents.
- Mountain Gear
The elliptically-shaped Black Diamond Spire Trekking Poles deliver more efficient poling and a lockdown system that reduces the likelihood of pole rotation. The Spire also offers two times the fore and aft stiffness of any pole available. Get unrelenting support on technical climbs and descents.
On Sale. Free Shipping. Black Diamond Spire Elliptic Trekking Poles (Pair) DECENT FEATURES of the Black Diamond Spire Elliptic Trekking Poles Dual-density grip top, foam grip, non-slip foam extension and Nubuck strap 15-degree corrective angle Elliptic FlickLock upper and Auto-Lock Binary lower adjustment Non-rotating shape for ergonomic comfort and strength Short Flex Tips and low-profile Trekking Baskets Compact is a shorter, 125 cm version with reduced grip size The SPECS Weight Per Pair: 1 lb 4 oz / 572 g Usable Length: 41 - 55in. / 105 - 140 cm Collapsed Length: 27in. / 68.5 cm