The popular Black Diamonds Trail Shock poles also come in a women's specific design. These poles have dual density foam grips that are ergonomically molded for women's hands. The shorter shaft length not only better accommodates women but also shaves off some unnecessary weight from the poles. Black Diamond's Trail Shock poles are more comfortable than standard poles thanks to Control Shock technology built into the poles just below the grip. Placing the shocks at the top, as opposed to the lower shaft like other poles, gives the Trail Shock a more responsive feel. These dynamic shock absorbers have progressive damping and rebound that give you just the right amount of support. Whether it be a short walk down an easy trail or a week long trekking expedition hauling heavy a load, these shocks will never feel too soft or too stiff. With rebound damping built into the shock absorbers, you won’t feel the annoying rebound jolt on every strike like you would find in many other shock absorbing poles. Being designed to handle anything the trail throws at them, these poles have extremely hard carbide tips that resist wearing even on rock, pavement, and concrete. If you're moving a little too fast and snag the tip in a crack, the replaceable flex tips are designed to break away to protect the shaft from bending or cracking.