The Black Diamond Enduro CF poles are three section adjustable poles with FlickLocks that allow users to adjust poles quickly and provide slip-free stability.
- FlickLocks are reliable, quick, and easy to use
- Carbon lower section reduces swing weight and reduces vibration
- Non-slip grips with lower extension are comfortable and offer multiple hand positions
- Adjustable for different size users
What’s Not So Good
- Upper two shafts are aluminum adding weight and some vibration
- FlickLocks add more bulk than internal locking mechanisms
- Not the lightest adjustable poles at 8.75 oz per pole
|2006 Black Diamond Enduro CF poles|
|3 section adjustable|
|Carbon fiber lower sections, aluminum upper two sections|
|Carbide long flex tips|
|Non-slip foam grip with lower foam extension|
Weight (per pole, without baskets)
|Manufacturer’s specification: 8.75 oz (250 g); Measured: 8.75 oz (248 g)|
|Adjustable 25-55 in (63.5-140 cm)|
Baskets Included? - Yes
|Basket diameter: 1.5 in (3.81 cm); measured weight: 0.3 oz (8 g)|
The Black Diamond Enduro CF poles are three-section adjustable poles made up of carbon fiber and aluminum shafts. The lower section is carbon fiber and the upper two sections are aluminum. The carbon fiber section is stiff and reduces both vibration and swing weight. However, the two upper shafts are aluminum which increases weight and results in poorer vibration damping overall. The carbon sections are also stiffer than the aluminum sections, which results in more flex in the upper sections than the bottom. Both the aluminum shaft and carbon shafts proved very durable despite abuse from obstacles such as rocks, holes, and slats. I noticed a few scratches on the carbon fiber section while the aluminum didn’t have any but this did not affect the performance of the poles.
Poles fit easily on a pack or extend to users preference.
The grips are molded EVA foam with lower extensions on the shafts for additional options when climbing. The comfortable grips are medium to large and were easy to grip even while wearing winter gloves. The top of the grip has a dual density top knob that is contoured to fit the palm which is sturdier than a foam top and allows for better control if being used to descend. I used the top grip for stability when stepping down from large rocks or on steep terrain.
Comfortable grips with lower extensions and low profile baskets attached to carbide tips.
The poles come with small baskets that are screwed onto carbide long flex tips. The baskets and tips are both low profile preventing the poles from getting snagged between rocks or logs. I removed and reinstalled the baskets a few times and noticed the threading on the inside of the baskets was getting stripped away, leaving plastic shreds of the threading behind. The baskets are replaceable but not as durable as the threading on the poles themselves. The threading on the poles themselves showed no signs of wear. Larger baskets are available for winter use however I found the small baskets to be adequate in compact snow and ice.
The wrist straps are narrow at only an inch wide and have a thin piece of padding sewn onto one side of the strap to prevent chafing on bare skin wrists. The straps are easy to adjust and were very useful when I accidentally let go of a pole on a steep snowy hill which prevented the pole from sliding down the hill.
The poles are collapsible which can be adjusted to different height users. The FlickLocks adjustments were very easy to use and can be operated by one hand with the “flick” of the thumb. A single pole can be gripped with one hand and the users thumb can quickly release the lock, adjusted, and then closed with the thumb. There is no twisting or screwing and no worrying about whether the lock is tightening enough. This process is very fast and simple and I experienced no slipping of the sections even when heavy loads were placed on the poles. The tension in the FlickLocks can be fine-tuned with a Philips screwdriver if they loosen over time but the locks worked well for me right out of the box and didn’t need adjustment over the course of my testing.
The only problem with the FlickLocks is that they are external locking devices instead of an internal locking device. This adds weight and bulk to the pole and the locks could get snagged on a branch. Also the locking device is more prone to debris and dirt if dropped on the ground. Still, these are among the easiest to adjust poles we’ve ever used.
FlickLocks are simple to use and can be opened and closed with the flick of a thumb.
Compatibility With Trekking Pole Shelters
|Shelter type and pole length required||Usable with this shelter?|
|Gossamer Gear/Tarptent Squall Classic (42 in/107 cm)||Yes|
|Tarptent Virga 2 / Squall 2 and Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo / Europa (45 in/114 cm)||Yes|
|Golite Trig 2 (48 in/123 cm)||Yes|
|MSR Missing Link (54 in/137 cm)||Yes|
At 8.75 ounces per pole the poles aren’t the lightest in the market but are very simple to use. These are great for beginners or anybody who wants some extra features in a trekking pole. The poles transfer body and pack weight off user’s legs allowing backpackers to hike further and more efficiently while being more sure-footed on the trail.
To measure the deflection in the poles, both of the poles placed horizontally supported by a roller support at each end. A 25 lb weight was hung from the center of one of the poles and the deflection from measured from bottom to bottom of the poles. The measured deflection was 2.2 inches which is similar to the 2 inches of measured flex for the Life-Link Superlight, but more than the 1 inch measured by Carol Crooker for the Komperdell Featherlight Carbon, and 1.5 inches for many aluminum alloy poles.
For $119.95, the Black Diamond Enduro CF poles are a solid value. They are user friendly, very comfortable to use, adjustable and provide users the option to use them all year long.
The Enduro CF poles offer FlickLocks which let users adjust the length of the poles on the fly. The carbon fiber lower shaft adds strength and saves weight over aluminum trekking poles.
Recommendations for Improvement
While the Black Diamond Enduro CF poles worked great in the field a few details would increase the quality of the poles. I would like to see the following improvements:
- Reduce the size or profile of the FlickLocks to not be so bulky
- Improve the durability of the threading on the baskets
- Offer the poles in an all-carbon version to reduce weight and increase vibration damping