Black Diamond Syncline
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $55
Solid, reliable trekking poles designed for day hiking.
- 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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The Syncline Trekking Poles from Black Diamond are a simple, two-section trekking pole with a foam grip extension for affordable support and comfort. Giving you full adjustability thanks to its FlickLock adjustment, these pole also features two kinds of interchangeable baskets for 4-season customization.
The Black Diamond Syncline Trekking Poles are designed for four season outdoor enthusiasts whose equipment takes a beating all year long. Like you it will transition effortlessly from summer hiking to winter snowshoeing and skiing. The aluminum Syncline has less to break. An extra sturdy two-piece design with a single FlickLock closure system for custom adjustment withstands whatever beating you dish out. Ergonomic dual-density grip Non-slip foam grip extensions allow you to grasp lower, ideal for short sections of steep or off-camber terrain where you might need a shorter pole for a couple strides Padded nylon webbing strap Single FlickLock secures pole length and is easy to operate, even in gloves Collapses to 38 in (96.5 cm) Comes with long Flex Tips Includes interchangeable baskets to switch between low profile trekking baskets and powder baskets
Key Features of the Black Diamond Syncline PolesRubber grip with nylon webbing strapNon-slip foam grip extensionSingle FlickLock2-section adjustabilityLong Flex TipsTrekking BasketsPowder BasketsBlack Diamond Syncline PolesThe two-section poles go well with hikers and backpackers who don't often have their poles strapped to their packs. It offers great stability and support when the compact ability of a three-section pole isn't needed. The Black Diamond Syncline Poles' features include an easy-to-use FlickLock adjustment to easily adjust this pole for your convenience. The non-slip foam grip with lower extended padded section below the grips will give you added flexibility to hold the poles at a lower position. The carbide tips can handle rock, ice, dirt and snow without wearing out and the replaceable flex tips are designed to break away if the pole gets stuck to avid damage to the shaft. The threaded section below the low profile trekking basket allows you to quickly and securely attach the included wide powder baskets to convert these Black Diamond Syncline Poles into four season poles, either for hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing poles.
The lightweight Black Diamond Syncline Trekking Pole keeps you trucking on the trail by taking some of the weight off of your back and adding power to your stride. The ergonomic handles are so comfortable that you might want to try walking on your hands after your feet get tired.