In most poles, the shock-absorbing mechanism is in the lower shaft, which can create a springy bounce-back when you plant. Black Diamond uses a four-part system in the grip instead. Three tiny dampeners are stacked just below the handle with a rebound-control mechanism located high up in the shaft. Result: shock absorption without any pogoing.
These three-section poles telescope down to 24 inches (women’s version) via BD’s FlickLocks, which adjust easily on the fly, even when you’re wearing gloves. Men’s sizing: 27 to 55 inches. Women’s: 24 to 49 inches.
$140; 1 lb. 4 oz. (m’s)