Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork ($140)

Weight per pair:

1 lb. 2 oz.


Telescoping (lever lock)

Shaft material:




What we like:

Solid construction, comfortable feel, and good price.

What we don’t:

A little heavy and long collapsed length.

These folding models and carbon fiber that garner all the attention on the market for trekking poles are amazing innovations however for those who are looking for reliable sticks at a reasonable price, we suggest that you purchase the Trail Ergo from Black Diamond Cork. For $140, they’re good value, and have no sacrifices. The aluminum construction is just one ounce heavier than many of the carbon alternatives below, however it’s still strong enough for the majority of dirt, rock and snow treks. The Trail is also equipped with the comfortable, ergonomically-shaped cork grips as well as solid FlickLock adjustable lengths.

What are the disadvantages to what is the downside of Trail Ergo? For climbers, travelers or those who are adamant about collapsibility the 27-inch length might be an issue. It should not hinder your movement when it’s strapped on the exterior of the pack However, it’s just a few inches more than other three-section models (and it’s no where as close to a truly collapsed pole). If you’re looking for a downside, this is not a lot for the majority of people and this Trail Ergo Cork stands out as our most popular all-around trekking pole. If you’re looking for a less expensive, but less comfortable and more expensive option in this class, check out the Leki Khumbu Lite Below.

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