Black Diamond has been making hiking poles and back country ski poles for years. They are considered a premium brand, built for performance, comfort, and durability. The tips are subject to the most wear and tear, and occasionally require replacement. New "Flex tips" may be purchased from Black Diamond dealers, or directly from the Black Diamond web site.
Things You'll Need
- Replacement Flex Tips (sold in pairs, buy the "short" for general use or "long" for soft ground or snow)
- Table vise or channel lock pliers
Replacing the Flex Tips
If present, remove the baskets (small disks) from both Flex Tips. They are held in place by ridges on the Flex Tips. Hold the pole vertical with the tip firmly pressed onto the ground. Force the basket off the tip by pressing down with your hands. Avoid using a tool, as doing so may damage the basket. Set the baskets aside.
Tighten the pole sections. Adjust the jaws of the vise, or channel lock pliers, so the gap is bigger than the bottom pole section diameter, but smaller than the Flex Tip diameter. Place the bottom pole section between the jaws, and by pulling the pole, slam the top of the flex tip against the sides of the jaws. Repeat until the Flex Tip pops off the bottom pole section. If you are using channel-lock pliers, it may be easier to secure the pole and slide the pliers along the pole section to strike the top of the Flex Tip.
Slide the new Flex tips onto the bottom pole section by hand. Press firmly in place. Be sure that the pole sections are tight, then tap the point of the pole (point of the Flex Tip) firmly against the ground a few times. This press-fits the tips onto the end of the poles.
Take the baskets (small disks) that were set aside, and push them onto the new Flex Tips by hand. The baskets are not required for the functioning of the poles, but they do prevent over penetration, which protects the pole sections and improves performance.
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