- Jun 29, 2017 at 12:35 pm #3476270
Paul SBPL Member
On very steep inclines I’m a heavy user of trekking poles. I recently had to replace my BD Alpine carbon poles after my old pair was stolen in a car break in. I like the new poles except the new version has very wimpy straps and the padding doesn’t start until an inch down. The old version had wider padding that started almost at the top of the strap.
Is there any 3rd party strap or something I can add to the strap to make it more comfortable? Or another pole I should look at that has the same quality? I love the poles, just don’t like the straps.Jun 29, 2017 at 2:39 pm #3476291
Gary DunckelBPL Member
I don’t know if all of the Black Diamond poles use the same strap attachment mechanism, but my FL Distance poles use a unique system. My Komperdell, Costco, and the Lekis all have the same, but different, arrangement, and my BD straps won’t work with those. If all of the BD poles use the same setup, you will likely need to buy some replacement straps directly from BD. Go to REI and see what the different BD poles use, and if there might be some straps that are more to your liking. If not, maybe you could glue some strips of foam onto the inside of your current straps.
Jun 29, 2017 at 5:08 pm #3476320
- This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Gary Dunckel.
BD will sell you replacement straps. It’s annoying to have to do this with new poles but its an option.Jun 29, 2017 at 5:41 pm #3476333
Paul SBPL Member
The BD Alpine Carbon has the “plushest” wrist strap of their line of trekking poles, but is a serious downgrade from my old ones from 5+ years back. I don’t think they make ones that like anymore. I think my best option is to figure out how to add some padding myself or return them for another brand with nice straps. :(Jun 29, 2017 at 5:52 pm #3476335
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