TEST CALL: Would you touch these with a 10-foot pole?
- I hope so!
Black Diamond is offering 3 testers the opportunity to test their Ergo Cork Trekking Poles:
Please include the following in your application:
1. The opening disclaimer for testing
2. Your bio
3. A BRIEF test plan
4. A link to your previous tests/ORs (summary page)
5. A list of what you are currently testing or a link to your test status page
6. A list of any outstanding applications
7. Any additional BGT roles you play
Newbie limit DOES NOT apply
US shipping included
Curt is the Test Admin
Please put "Black Diamond Ergo Cork Poles" in the subject line of your application.
This call will close at 10 pm MDT on Sept 1.
I'm expecting a flood of applications good luck!
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Long Term Report
August 25, 2010
Days used: 5 (15 mi/24 km)
80 - 105 F (27 - 41 C)
The end of the line:
As comfortable as these socks are, I am not very fond of them in the
summer heat here in Texas. I have day hiked in them as much as I could
stand. This is should not be taken as a flaw in the socks because I am
pretty sure that the Drymax HD socks were designed for cooler weather
and it was beyond my ability to test them this way.
With that being said, they are comfortable. Despite the heat, they were
great at keeping the bugs off my lower legs (they came nearly up to my
knees) and they really do cradle my feet and legs. I could probably keep
harping on their comfort, but I am pretty sure that everyone gets the
picture at this point.
These socks seem to wick just as efficiently as the manufacturer claims
and this makes them even more attractive to me. The ability to wear a
single sock instead of a liner and a sock is a feature that I value. Of
course this dual construction means that the Drymax HD are fairly bulky
socks, but I think that they are less bulky than a sock/liner combination.
These socks have held together pretty well. The construction seems good
and they have held up to what I have put them through. While I am not a
fan of tall socks, I will say that when wading through high grass or
weeds with the Drymax HD, I knew I was not going to be infested from the
knees down. With the socks being so tall, I also knew that if I was
going into bug territory, I did not have to wear long pants because the
most exposed parts of my legs were already going to be covered.
These socks were also very comfortable. They really do feel great on my
feet and other than being a bit too hot for the Texas summer, I enjoyed
using the Drymax HD socks.
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- Please accept my application to test the BD Ergo Cork Trekking Poles.
I have read the BGT Survival Guide v. 0609 and Bylaws v. 0609 and I
agree to comply with all requirements and timetables. My signed
Tester Agreement is on file with BGT.
Name: Lori Pontious
Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)
Weight: 163 (74 kg)
email address: lori.pontious at gmail.com
location: Fresno County, California, USA
I have been dayhiking/backpacking in California since 2006, mostly in
the Sierra Nevada, in the coastal ranges in winter, and into low
elevation parks such as Henry Coe. I have been out at least monthly,
several times a month in spring and summer, and usually carry a
lightweight pack. I have been using poles since I restarted my
outdoor adventures in 2006.
I will be hiking throughout the winter and (once snow falls) going
snowshoeing in the Sierra Nevada, possibly delving into winter (snow)
camping. Search and Rescue operations take place at all elevations in
all seasons, and at least one hiking pole is required for those
activities. My leisure backpacking plans over the next six months
include forays into the Ventana Wilderness (sea level - 5,000 feet
(1524 meters) in elevation), shoulder season outings into the Sierra
National Forest and Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
(mid-elevation weekend outings into forested and subalpine regions),
and short trips into the Santa Cruz mountains.
I would take the Ergo Cork Trekking Poles with me over my usual
varied terrain - on trails filled with granite and roots, off trail
in varied terrain, from open meadow to brush-choked canyons to talus
and scree covered slopes. There will be stream/river crossings as
well. I rely heavily on my trekking poles especially when traversing
hillsides on a grid search, trying to navigate in uncertain footing
in brush, deep pine needle/leaf cover or loose soil and rock.
For the duration of the testing period of the Ergo Cork Trekking
Poles, I would be assessing:
2. the functionality of the poles in facilitating stream crossings,
as shelter supports, and as hiking aids
3. stability of the locking mechanisms
4. comfort/ease of use (how the grips fit in my hands, strap width/
length/adjustability, quick adjustment of pole length, are there
unusual quirks such as excess pole vibration, etc)
5. packability - sometimes I need my hands for other tasks and need
to collapse the poles and keep them out of my way. Will they ride on
my SAR pack and stay out of my way while scrambling?
Thanks to BGT and Black Diamond for their consideration of my
Current tests: none
Other test applications: Black Diamond Orbit (pending)
BGT involvement: newbie tester
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