Black Diamond Syncline

2 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   2
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0



Surprisingly, these hold up well when used for climbing…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $56


Surprisingly, these hold up well when used for climbing various routes up 14'ers. Mine have never failed and the quick flick-lock adjustment is fantastic when speed is of the essence on rough routes or bad weather..etc. I'll keep using them and buying new ones as long as they are available!


  • Ease of use
  • Lightweight


  • They don't collapse as small as other poles

The upper grips work well with and without gloves...the lower sponge grips could use more outward tapering at the bases to allow your hands to "set" in place for longer climbs. Over-all, they are worth the purchase for their versatility.

Black Diamond products are "good to go". Always innovative and replacement parts are available. From light trail walking to full load 14'er climbs....the BD Syncline poles seem to do it all !


You've peaked my curiosity...why is it "surprising" that they hold up. I'm not a climber. Is it pack weight, terrain, or something else?

4 months ago

Solid, reliable trekking poles designed for day hiking.

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $55


Solid, reliable trekking poles designed for day hiking.


  • Flicklock
  • Cost


  • Hard to attach to a pack

Far and away the best thing about these trekking poles is that while they are light they feel sturdy. This is partly do to being made from two telescoping section instead of three and partly do to the type of lock.

Many trekking poles use a cam locking system where twisting the shaft locks the pole. The problem I've had with poles like these is that they can slip if the shaft twist a little bit. Black Diamond uses a Flicklock, a lever that applies tension to a collar around the shaft very similar to the quick release used on bicycle wheels.  I have never felt the shafts slip no matter how I've used them or how much weight I've put on them. These are rock solid, comfortable trekking poles.

The downside is that they were designed more for day hiking and because they only telescope in one place they are long. This makes them hard to stow in or on a pack.

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