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Black Diamond Gradient

in Trekking Poles

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5.00 / 5 (2 reviews)

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b d
( bdavis )

Mt. Lassen - Shasta, N. Cal.
Black Diamond Gradient on 12/06/2006 19:38:42 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

1. You gotta understand these are not pure UL gear, they get a 5 because they are my first trekking poles ... so I love them. How I ever walked with just two legs and feet I don't know.

2. They are really sturdy (weighing about 8 oz. each according to the sales literature), but because of that I didn't break them or fall down while learning how to use them.

3. The handles are great, cork type material with wrist things which give a feel of control and security in walking IMO. But I am not sure what they are for in reality.

4. The poles collapse so they are easy to carry anywhere, they expand so they can be used for uphill, level ground, and downhill -- for tent poles (I change the lengths and it makes a big difference to me if they are longer going downhill and shorter going uphill). The collapsing fittings seem sturdy and can be tightened or loosened as necessary.

5. The tip has endured a lot of abuse on pavement when walking the dogs and it hasn't had a problem.

6. They are simply designed well, sturdy and seem to work great for a novice trekking pole person.

7. I can get snow cups for the bottom and replacement parts from the company. Baskets can be purchased as accessories which twist on and off, only that can be a pain until you have the guy at the mountaineering store show you how to do it -- hopefully before you leave the store. Used with snow "baskets" they were great last winter, and a couple of times cross country skies. But then I am not experienced in what a good basket or pole is for those uses.

At some poing I will have to get a true UL set, and I love GG, so I imagine that is where I'll get them ... but I don't know if I will ever really like a set that is not length adjustable.

Edited by bdavis on 12/07/2006 13:26:13 MST.

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Philip Mack Furlow
( PhilipMack )

North Texas
Gradients are great on 07/04/2007 17:10:41 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Found these on sale at and they have performed extremely well. Last year in Colorado stepped into deep mud and my left foot sunk over a foot. The pole bent - but did not break. I reset the pole and pulled myself out of the muck. They lock differently than other poles and are very, very sturdy and dependable. While they may not be the lightest poles on the market they are very durable. Side note - I really prefer the cork handles as they soak up sweat and stay comfortable even when wet.

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