Black Diamond Trail Back Trekking Poles


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A minimalist pole, the Trail Back is nevertheless versatile, thanks to its usage of four-season, glove-friendly dual FlickLocks. The Trail Back is designed with a traditional round shape, rubber grip and nylon webbing strap. It also comes with a year-round Long Flex Tip and both low-profile, non-snagging trekking and powder baskets.


  • Traditional round shape
  • Rubber grip with nylon webbing strap
  • Double FlickLocks
  • Long Flex tips and low-profile trekking baskets
  • Sold in pairs

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Review Summary

4.2 out of 5

4 Reviews

  • Great design: 3
  • Build quality: 2
  • Ease of use: 2
  • Performance: 2

  • Cost: 1
  • short straps: 1
Quality: 5 / 5
Durability: 4.3 / 5

4 Ratings & Reviews

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Great poles
February 05, 2013

I use these for winter hiking. The flick-locks are far superior to twist-to-lock poles. They do not loosen or slip at all. My only beef is that I wish the straps were longer to accommodate larger gloves/mitts.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: short straps
from Canada

I'm glad I bought these!
January 21, 2011

These are the first pair of poles I've bought. I got them for a trip to Iceland, and I used them during a couple of multi-day hikes and some shorter journeys, up mountains, down loose rock trails, across wet grassland, and over a couple of fast streams, all with a very heavy backpack. I also needed a pole to erect my minimalist tent. I'm not an experienced hiker. Hikes that scare me might be as nothing to more seasoned adventurers, but while carrying a heavy pack up trails that would scare me if I were burdenless, these poles kept me safe (and sane) when the track got steep, slippery, and sheer on one or both sides. I can't compare these poles to any others, it is true, but I wouldn't want anything less than a trusted brand like Black Diamond when something very bad could happen if a pole gave out with one's weight on it. These never gave out. I did bend one, when a heavy loose rock crashed into the pole while it was stuck in the ground; the aluminum bent enough that I had a tough time compacting it all the way afterwards, but it's still usable, seems strong, and could probably be corrected if needed. The flick locks work well - quick and easy (especially important for use at a tent pole and for storing on a backpack). It's a good idea to check the locks now and then to make sure they haven't loosened from use, but we had no problems with the locks. The handles were comfortable, and the straps too. Also, the poles compacted just enough to store in a suitcase. Perfect! Overall I think these are a good first pair of trekking poles, good quality at a good price; knowing what I know now, I would never cheap out on poles for any serious hiking. I'm sure glad I had these Black Diamond's this summer!

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from Oklahoma City
25-34 yrs

Good poles but why so expensive?
June 19, 2012

I finally convinced myself to buy a set of poles after a coworker told me that "My knees will thank me in 50 years." I hike a lot and I never realized the impact all the jumping and climbing has on the body over time. I wanted a good set of poles that would last a long time and I could rely on to be durable enough to balance my weight (6ft 2inches, 190 lbs). I bought these trekking poles and I extended them all the way out. The locking mechanisms were very tight and seemed to be reliable. Good hand grips and the points on the end of the pole provided a good traction on different terrains (wet or dry). I don't have a clue why they are so expensive though!!! I was surprised how much I used them, and I think I will always have a pair close by on future hikes.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Cons: Cost

Great poles for the AT
August 11, 2008

I bought these poles for my trip into the Canyon next month and wanted to test them on a good hike. They preformed great. I really liked the lock in place and the hight markers. They helped me decide how tall I liked the poles quickly. The only thing I may have liked more were a set of cork handles.

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