Black Diamond Equipment Alpine Carbon Solo

A trekking pole that's easy to adjust on the fly.
Alpine Carbon Solo
Price $89.95


Min Length (inches) 23
Max Length (inches) 45


Weight 8 oz


I rarely bother to change my pole length while hiking, because I find even the simplest locking mechanisms too fiddly—but the SureLock eases on-the-fly adjustments. A unique trigger system lets you adjust this three-section aluminum pole with one hand: Holding and squeezing the handle like a syringe releases the lock and allows you to push (or pull) on the middle segment to adjust the length in five-centimeter increments. The collapsible bottom segment locks into one fixed length with a push-button mechanism. Dings: The relatively heavy swing weight gave it a sluggish feel when I was skiing downhill and the plastic grip gets slippery with sweat or rain.


Hiking on terrain with frequent elevation changes


> Kelly Bastone (other tester: Kristin Hostetter)

> Duration Jan. to March

> Locales/conditions CO; 20℉ to 70℉; dry, muddy, and snowy trails

> “Just 23 inches when stowed, the TR-3 fits tidily onto a pack.”


> Weight 19 oz./pair

> Price $150


Compact and lightweight design stores easily inside packs or snag-free outside. Also includes FlickLock which provides visual confirmation that your pole is locked.