The Black Diamond Trail Shock poles pad every strike to the ground with Black Diamond's Control Shock Technology. Black Diamond placed the shock absorbers just below the grips, as opposed to the lower shaft like most others, for a more responsive feel. These shocks have an advanced damping technology that's sensitive enough to absorb vibrations on light strikes but still firm enough for a solid feel under heavy loads without an awkward rapid rebound feeling. These poles have an ergonomically molded, dual density grip and a rubberized cap molded to fit nicely in the palm of your hand so you can comfortably hold these poles ice axe style. Thick padded wrist straps have a wide range of adjustment to fit snugly around your wrist or expanded to fit around parka sleeves and gloves. The ventilated padding of these wrist straps make the poles comfortable to hold for many hours at a time under strenuous use. The tips of the Trail Shock are made of a hard carbide metal that can withstand excessive abuse from rocks, snow, mud, and dirt, while the flex tips are designed to break away should the poles get stuck to protect the shafts.