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Gear Review: Black Diamond Syncline

These trekking poles are cheap and light.
Gear Guide 2010 ESS BD Syncline 445x260Black Diamond Syncline (Courtesy Photo)

The Black Diamond Syncline achieves an unusual (but welcome) pairing: It’s cheap and light. That’s because this pole consists of two segments rather than three. It’s less compressible (collapsed, it measures 38 inches), but that makes it a great choice for hikers who tend to keep their poles in their hands, not on their packs.

Just one easy-to-use “Flicklock” mechanism adjusts its length up to 59 inches; a section of foam below the rubber grip lets you choke up on the pole when climbing; and two basket choices—trekking and powder—make it suitable for year-round use. $70 (per pair); 1 lb. 4 oz.; bdel.com

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