The winners are as follows:
The Editors' Choice award goes once again to the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork. According to Review Editor, Ian Nicholson, “With one of our favorite grips in the review the Alpine Carbon Cork was a great all-around, lightweight telescoping trekking pole. We thought the locking mechanism worked great and for a carbon fiber pole we found it very strong.”
Best Buy award was granted to the Black Diamond Trail Back. Review Editor Nicholson states, “We liked the Trail Back’s ergonomically shaped foam grips. The locking mechanism that Black Diamond calls the, FlickLock was a favorite among our testers. This is a sturdy versitle product that will serve most people well for many days of recreational enjoyment. We were especially appreciative of its price. It had a lot of the same features of similar poles in our review that cost $40 to $60 dollars more.”
This review had two Top Pick awards winners, one for the best lightweight poles and another honoring the best all-around poles constructed out of aluminum.
The best lightweight pole and OutdoorGearLab’
The Top Pick for all-around pole goes to the Leki Corklite recommended by Gear Review Editor, Nicholson as a favorite for cross country hiking and traveling and related heavier duty uses. Review Editor Nicholson states, “It has our absolute favorite grip on the market and is one of the lightest aluminum telescoping poles that we tested. Though it doesn’t collapse down very small, it has a very strong locking mechanism.”
The Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork is also a Top Pick mentioned for general hiking use, its great grip and its general toughness. The Leki Corklite Aergon Antishock SpeedLock is also mentioned as a Top Pick award winner due to its high scoring performance of all the shock absorbing poles tested and its strong locking mechanism Leki is calling the SpeedLock.
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