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Pros Tough, comfortable, great locking mechanism, compatible with different tips and basketsComfortable, easy to adjust, small packed size, lightweight, versatileLightweight, packs compactly, comfortable grip, easily disassembledFairly lightweight, packable, adjust and collapse easily, durable for a lightweight poleGreat cork handles, packable design, durable locking mechanism, relatively versatile
Cons Not as light or packable as other poles, priceyExpensiveExpensive, less durable than some aluminum modelsSpendy, only slightly above-average comfortHeavier than average
Bottom Line This is a comfortable pole with excellent durability and adjustabilityWith its short size, lightness, easy adjustability, and cozy grip, this pole is an easy choiceThis pole made of lightweight carbon is our top-ranked trekking poleSurprisingly 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 Alpine Carbon Cork Women's Micro Vario Carbon Leki Micro Vario Carbon Black Diamond Distance FLZ Black Diamond Alpine FLZ
Comfort (20%)
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10
9
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8
Weight (20%)
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4
Locking And Adjustability (15%)
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Packed Size (15%)
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Durability (15%)
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Versatility (15%)
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Specs Alpine Carbon Cork Women's Micro... Leki Micro Vario... Black Diamond... Black Diamond...
Measured Weight Per Pair (Ounces) 17.0 oz 16.0 oz 16.4 oz 16.0 oz 18 oz
Shaft Material Carbon Carbon Carbon Aluminum Aluminum
Collapsed Length (inches) 24 in 15.5 in 15.5 in 14/15 in 14/15/16 in
Max Length (inches) 51 in 51 in 47 in 49.2 in 43/49/55 in
Pole Design Collapsible Foldable Foldable Foldable Foldable
Grip Material Cork Foam Foam Foam Cork
Locking Mechanism FlickLock Pro Speed​​Lock 2 Speed​​Lock 2 External Lever Lock FlickLock Pro
Baskets? Tip Attachments? Yes, carbide tips, trail baskets and snow baskets (sold separately) Yes, tips and baskets Yes, tips and baskets 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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