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Pros Lightweight, packs compactly, comfortable grip, easily disassembledComfortable, easy to adjust, small packed size, lightweight, versatileTough, comfortable, great locking mechanism, compatible with different tips and basketsFairly lightweight, packable, adjust and collapse easily, durable for a lightweight poleGreat cork handles, packable design, durable locking mechanism, relatively versatile
Cons Expensive, less durable than some aluminum modelsExpensiveNot as light or packable as other poles, priceySpendy, only slightly above-average comfortHeavier than average
Bottom Line This pole made of lightweight carbon is our top-ranked trekking poleWith its short size, lightness, easy adjustability, and cozy grip, this pole is an easy choiceThis is a comfortable pole with excellent durability and adjustabilitySurprisingly durable for a lightweight pole, this easily stows in your pack and has simple adjustment and collapsibility featuresThis is a great packable pole that features Black Diamond's "Z" style design with cork handles
Rating Categories Leki Micro Vario Carbon Women's Micro Vario Carbon Alpine Carbon Cork Black Diamond Distance FLZ Black Diamond Alpine FLZ
Comfort (20%)
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Weight (20%)
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Locking And Adjustability (15%)
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Packed Size (15%)
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Durability (15%)
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Specs Leki Micro Vario... Women's Micro... Alpine Carbon Cork Black Diamond... Black Diamond...
Measured Weight Per Pair (Ounces) 16.4 oz 16.0 oz 17.0 oz 16.0 oz 18 oz
Shaft Material Carbon Carbon Carbon Aluminum Aluminum
Collapsed Length (inches) 15.5 in 15.5 in 24 in 14/15 in 14/15/16 in
Max Length (inches) 47 in 51 in 51 in 49.2 in 43/49/55 in
Pole Design Foldable Foldable Collapsible Foldable Foldable
Grip Material Foam Foam Cork Foam Cork
Locking Mechanism Speed​​Lock 2 Speed​​Lock 2 FlickLock Pro External Lever Lock FlickLock Pro
Baskets? Tip Attachments? Yes, tips and baskets Yes, tips and baskets Yes, carbide tips, trail baskets and snow baskets (sold separately) Yes, rubber and carbide tips and trail baskets Yes, only baskets
Size Tested One size One size One size 105-125 cm 105-125 cm
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