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Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork WR Pole

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The trekking poles of yesteryear were pretty much glorified alpine ski poles, with no adjustability, shock absorption, or extra features. With the recent innovation in the world of trekking and fastpacking, however, the paradigm has flipped and now ski poles are taking their cues from the hiking world. Black Diamond's Alpine Carbon Cork WR poles mesh the two worlds together nicely with three-segment adjustability, swappable winter/summer tips, and an adapter on top of the handle to attach a Whippet or Alpine Whippet. The poles will shrink down small enough to stick on your pack for spring approaches on dry dirt, then expand up to 130cm for skinning up your objective. And when the snow melts away altogether and you're zipping around the high country in shorts, you can take the Alpine Carbon Cork poles with you for stability and impact protection while hiking, use it instead of a pole as part of your ultralight tent or tarp setup, and still attach a Whippet for booting across those lingering snowfields.

  • Designed for dry-season hikes as well as winter exploits.
  • Comes stock with a 38mm wide "trekking basket."
  • For deep snow, add a 100mm powder basket for extra flotation.
  • Swappable carbide and rubber tips allows versatility on the trail and the skintrack alike.
  • Whippet-compatible for self-arrest usage, summer hikes across snowfields, or visits to the Chuting Gallery.

Specifications
Lengths (cm) Adjustable length at 61-130 cm (24-51 in)
Collapsed length at 63 cm (24.8 in)
Weight
convert to ounces
320g
Weight (pair) 640g
Sections 3-section 100% carbon fiber shaft
Grip Premium cork grip with soft touch ergonomic grip top and lined vari-width strap for better handling and security
Basket & Tip Interchangeable carbide Tech Tips, 38mm Trekking Basket. Ski compatible ferrule will accept 100mm powder baskets for deep snow
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Materials   100% carbon fiber shaft
Skimo Co Says
Usage Trekking
Notes Whippet ready grips
Bottom Line Carbon fiber trekking pole and ready for Whippet attachments
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Questions & Reviews

5/16/2022
Jonathan S (used product a few times)
 
I bought these to use with the BD Alpine Whippet (reviewed separately). But these are great poles for any application, whether skiing or hiking. All of my prior adjustable poles have been various older models from BD, Komperdell, and Dynafit. I also have the prior (and non-WR) version of this model, with a different lock mechanism. The new lock mechanism on this model is perfect: exceedingly easy to operate, yet exceedingly secure, with zero slippage, even without any initial tension adjustment.

The grip is super comfortable, either with or without gloves. The strap has some nicely detailed elements, and despite the Left<>Right label, works fine in either hand.

The weight is actually about two ounces lighter per pole than listed here (both according to my own measurements and the BD website). Although even lighter adjustable poles do exist, in return for such a small weight penalty, you’re gaining a max length that should be sufficient for skinning for all but very tall people, a minimum locked length that still allows good balance when booting up ~45-degree pitches, a foam extension below the grip for choking up, and minimal deflexion (especially as compared to many ultralight poles). Plus of course the Whippet compatibility.

What you don’t get are usable baskets for *any* type of snow. For spring and summer ski mountaineering baskets, I took some ancient BD 3/4 baskets and cut off the spokes, retaining the inner ring. Looks like you can do the same with the current BD Powder basket model.

What you also don’t get are any cost savings – definitely pricey! But especially when combined with the BD Alpine Whippet, this is such a perfect setup for spring and summer ski mountaineering, when you’re typically starting off with a dry hike, switching to skinning, then steeper skinning with ski crampons (lock in the Alpine Whippet), and finally some moderate-angle booting with boot crampons (with the Alpine Whippet as a reasonable substitute for an ice axe if you need only the self-arrest function, not self-belay).
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12/24/2020
Question from Ryan S
 
Does ordering this come with both poles?
12/24/2020
Answer from Will M
 
Hey Ryan,

Great question! Your order will indeed come with two poles.
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11/16/2020
Question from ron stuart
 
what does WR refer to?
11/16/2020
Answer from Zak M
 
Hey Ron, WR refers to whippet ready. A nice feature to have in trekking or four season pole when a bit of extra security is needed.
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Model: Alpine Carbon Cork WR UPC: 0793661446934

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