Hunting Gear Review: The Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles from Black Diamond

Hunters who are fit, tough, and can move faster and endure longer are often the hunters who fill more tags. Toughness and trekking poles are not mutually exclusive and in fact some of the toughest hunters out there know that trekking poles might help support endurance (and joints). No athlete is immune from injury, and smart athletes do what they can to stay in the game longer and perform better. That said, trekking poles are a must for many mountain big game hunters.

We recently tested out the Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles from Black Diamond, and these trekking poles are absolutely ideal for hunting. These aluminum trekking poles are lightweight, strong, and very comfortable to use (a must if you’re going to add gear to make things easier).

Black Diamond has been in the game for a long time, and they make some of the best mountaineering gear out there. And the best of their design and R&D make it into these trekking poles. Let’s break down what we like:


The Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles are telescoping and lightweight and are easily packable (strapped to a pack). At their shortest length, they are 27 inches, and they are not at all burdensome and are not a nuisance of an add-on. Weighing one-pound, two ounces, they feel great all day in-hand or on the pack at times.


In addition to the important lightweight feel, they also feel good in-hand with Black Diamond’s ergonomic cork grip. It just feels good to hold these poles, and the cork allows for better moisture wicking. Bravo.


Though lightweight, these aluminum poles are strong and are built to take on tough mountain conditions. Need to trek through brush, rocky terrain, and more? These trekking poles are ideal. And add on a snow basket (for maybe another $5 or so), and these are great with snow shoes too.

The Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles come in Granite and Picante colors and cost $129.95. To learn more about the Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles from Black Diamond, please click here.

Disclosure: Black Diamond is in a professional relationship with Rack Camp. Though potentially benefiting from this relationship, we do not post what we do not believe to be true. To read more, click here.

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