Product review

17 Jun, 2020

BD Alpine Carbon Cork

Tested by: Russ



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Crush some miles with the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork trekking poles. I used to be against using trekking poles on my long-distance hikes, so why these trekking poles?


Why the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork?

Many viewers suggested that trekking poles would dramatically increase the number of miles I’d be able to rack up on a thru-hike and that they’d also greatly reduce strain on my body. I used to use a single Leki trekking pole for tough terrain, but it was time for an upgrade. So, I decided to take the plunge but I wanted some trekking poles which had a balance between strength and being lightweight while also having a comfortable grip. The Alpine Carbon Cork trekking poles offer the specs and features I was looking for.


How do they ride?

After completing the Rota Vicentina and over 200 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail with them, it’s safe to say that these poles are very comfortable and work well with my pace. The cork grips greatly reduce the amount of sweat build-up and the clip adjusters haven’t required tightening once. They are as they were out of the box. I did sadly lose a snow basket in the San Jacinto on the PCT, but apart from that I’m really pleased!


What’s there not to like?

The cork is so comfy, but there is a lot of build-up of dirt on them. I’ll try to look for a good way to clean them and add to this post later.


Value for money

At £105 they’re not the cheapest trekking poles out there, but they’re not the most expensive ones either. They’re so sturdy and I’ve had no issues yet, I reckon a few thousand miles at least is possible with one set so it’s well worth the investment.


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  • Durability 90% 90%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Value to weight ratio 80% 80%
  • Value for money 70% 70%


  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Good grip
  • Durable
  • Clip adjustment better than twist


  • Expensive



From £105 on Amazon


From 52g (1.83oz)


Carbon fibre, aluminium, cork, webbing, foam


  • Telescopic construction
  • Lightweight ultra strong carbon fibre
  • Comfortable cork grips
  • Cork reduces sweat
  • Clip style adjusters
  • Includes snow baskets
  • Includes dual pack away clip

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