Trekking the Laugavegur, the only item I didn’t bring that I needed was a pair of trekking poles. Rant: TSA won’t let you bring trekking poles as carry-on but fishing poles are okay?! End Rant.
Happily for me, Jeff checked a bag and brought me a pair of trekking poles – that’s a great friend. Not only a pair of trekking poles, but Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles. Super Pro.
At just over a pound (475 g) for the pair, these are incredibly light, but also super strong. And, the adjustments are made using the BD FlickLock Pros – once adjusted, these poles are not shifting on you. The adjustability also suits a variety of heights or personal preferences, from 63-130 cm (25-51 in).
They collapse down to 25 inches (63 cm), so storage and portability are not issues.
Black Diamond calls these a four-season pole; not sure what it means but I guess they work in all conditions. I believe them.
These were an absolute lifesaver on the trek. We saw some people trudging up and down the steep elevation changes without poles (well, one guy did have an umbrella), and they DID NOT LOOK happy. I know I wouldn’t have been.
These poles made the uphills way less miserable, so I only have my lack of fitness to blame for how uncomfortable they were at times. These poles weren’t even enough to make some of the long steep downhills palatable, so I can only imagine what hell it would have been without them.
The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles are made with premium materials, weigh very little, and perform flawlessly.
Other new gear used on the Laugavegur: The North Face Mountain Sneakers, Eagle Creek National Geographic Utility Backpack 40L, Big Agnes Farrington PrimaLoft Silver Sleeping Bag Liner.
For another trekking pole option, check out the Cascade Mountain Tech Quick Lock Carbon Fiber Cork Grip Trekking Poles Gear Review.