Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock ($160)

Weight per pair:

1 lb. 4.3 oz.


Telescoping (lever lock)

Shaft material:




What we like:

Proven shock-absorbing system.

What we don’t:

Extra weight and price.

As we’ve mentioned previously the shock absorption feature isn’t a essential feature for hikers , and has some important disadvantages, such as increased weight and the complexity. However, if the additional offer is appealing to you Black Diamond’s Trail Pro Shock is a popular choice for Leki’s Legacy Lite AS above. A remarkable damping system and rebound control integrated in the handle of the pole help to avoid the most common pitfalls of anti-shock poles: a bottoming out and a erratic rebound. The system is very smooth and responds well to hard and light hits. It’s the rest of setup is typical Black Diamond, with quality materials and components , like the steel FlickLock Pro.

Cons are the anticipated sacrifices to trail pro’s extra technology. The weight increases compared to other shock-absorbing alternatives, with a total of 1 pound and 4 pounds and ounces (even the shock-absorbing Leki Legacy is lighter than the Legacy at 1 lb. 2.4 oz. ) This is a lot, and you’ll pay an a little extra. We’d like to see cork grips, however, the foam handles that have extension chokes are excellent performance. In the end, it’s clear that it’s a great choice. Trail Pro isn’t for everyone however, its all-season construction and acoustic shock absorption merit it the top spot in our top 10 list.

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