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In 2015, The Trail Ergo Cork was one of our OutdoorGearLab Top Picks for general trekking, hiking and backpacking because it has one of the nicest overall grips in our review, is pretty tough, reasonable priced and is the lightest telescoping aluminum pole we tested. It shares many of the same design features as our OutdoorGearLab Best Buy award winner, the Black Diamond Trail Back but has a much nicer articulated cork handle and is two ounces lighter. What the Trail Ergo isn't, is compact, with the longest minimum length in our review that is nearly twice as long as a few of the newer folding, "tent pole style" poles, like the Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z, though the Trail Ergo Cork is tougher and more versatile.