Alpine CF


Alpine CF
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Alpine CF
Manufacturer Black Diamond
Page By Tie-Dye Mike
Page Type Sep 6, 2007 / Sep 6, 2007
Object ID 3887
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Product Description

Product Description
Black Diamond used carbon fiber material to reduce the Alpine CF Trekking Poles' weight to a ridiculously low 17 ounces. The carbon fiber also reduces vibrations on the trail for less fatigue while you hike. Black Diamond used a combination of FlickLock and Binary adjustment systems to ensure the Alpine CF Trekking Poles adjust easily and stay solid no matter how wet, icy, dirty, or dusty they get.


* Shaft Material: Carbon fiber
* Grip Material: Dual-density rubber and foam
* Tip Material: Carbide
* Extendable Range: 62.5 130cm
* Locking Mechanism: FlickLock top, Binary bottom
* Shock Absorber: No
* Replaceable Baskets: Yes
* Replaceable Tips: Yes
* Protective Rubber Tips: Available separately
* Number of Baskets: 1 Pair
* Weight: 1 lb 1oz (482g)
* Recommended Use: Hiking, backpacking
* Warranty: 1 Year



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Tie-Dye Mike - Sep 6, 2007 10:20 pm - Voted 5/5

If you want lightweight and durability!
I've taken these poles over varying hard rock use, (being as adjustable as they are, the angle of accent or decent doesn't matter!), to sand use and using in water to cross deeper streams. Their weight is awesome for carrying, and they are incredibly strong, and have yet to break after over 40+ miles of different types of climbing. I'm 5' 8" and my 6' 2" grandfather had no problem using on the way to Black Mesa, OK. I have recently used them up Crazy Peak MT, and they save the knees so much on the decent. Are about $130 but I would say worth it all, especially if you carry them on accent while using an ice axe. Worth every penny in my opinion.

rgg - Nov 22, 2010 9:07 am - Hasn't voted

The bottom part broke
At first, most people I met walking with poles only started using them when they developed joint problems that became too much, but over time, more and more people started using them even before that. So, although I haven't had joint problems yet, to prevent getting them, I decided to buy a pair.

Since then, I've used them extensively on all sorts of terrain. They held up fine, and I learned that it not only made going downhill easier on the knees, it also helped a lot when hiking with a big pack on easy terrain.

I really like the simplicity of the flick-lock adjustment mechanism, and having seen other people struggle with screw mechanisms inside the pole, I'm quite happy with it. Very easy to adjust and when it's locked, it stays locked.
I've put them through a lot of abuse, and last summer, the bottom part snapped. However, I doubt if any other pole would have survived that ordeal: I was moving along on a snow covered boulder field and the pole got stuck deep between two rocks, and because I didn't let go in time, my full weight was pushing against it. That would be the end of most poles, I presume.
Back in the store, I ordered a new replacement part and now it's good to go again. However, I'll try not to hold on again when they get stuck.

Denjem - Aug 5, 2011 12:35 pm - Voted 4/5

I have them and I like them
The set of both poles are lighter than one of my previous BD poles. I like that they flex a little more. So when they do get stuck they don't break right away. I also like the grips on the shaft below the normal grips. Just choke up on the shaft if you have to move up and /or over rocks or high steps. You pay for the light weight, but if you have been doing any sort of hiking and mountaineering you knew that you were going to.

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