We love the FlickLock locking mechanism and nice ergonomically shaped grips with quality foam on the Trail Back. The Trail Back is a solid versatile pole that will last most people hundreds of days of enjoyment. Black Diamond improved the grips this year from a basic rubber handle to a nicely shaped EVA foam handle with a nice area to choke down on. While they weren't the nicest handles we tested, they were a little above average. The Trail Backs are a few ounces heavier than many models we tested, but again they are only two-thirds the price.
These trekking poles have been updated for 2016; the Black Diamond Trail Back 2016. Keep reading to find out more.