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Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby InsaneBoost » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:38 am

Does anyone have any recommendations for trekking poles. The whole nine yards. Brand names, material, etc? I'm 6'4 if that helps.

I've seen all types of ones, cheap to expensive, cork and rubber, from experience is one better than the other? Is it a personal preference? Does more $$$ always mean better?

Would like to get a good pair, but not exactly break the bank. Doesn't mean I won't spend money, I'd much rather do that than buy a cheap pair that needs to be replaced every other season.

Any companies or types I should start at?

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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby markskor » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:57 am

Lots of options - lots of opinions.
The main differences:
The locks - flick locks vs. twist locks.
Also the option of carbon-fiber vs aluminum shafts...
and cork vs. rubber/plastic grips.

Personally like/carry the aluminum, 3-piece Black Diamond corks, ~ $80. Flick locks work better for me and the weight savings, aluminum vs carbon-fiber, seems negligible as compared to the cost difference.
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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby oldranger » Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:29 am

I guess it depends how clumsy you are. I have a friend, who shall remain nameless but he just posted before me.:D, who broke poles two years in a row. Probably doesn't want to spend big bucks. I prefer carbon fiber with flick locks over the twist locks because the latter, though supposedly stronger, seem to get stripped if twisted too tight. Just found some lighter poles that convert to a kayak paddle pole that will give me an excuse to spend some $ this spring.

Anyhow whatever you decide you should try using them set a little shorter than you expect to. I see a lot of people lifting their arms up way higher than they do naturally--a waste of energy. You may want to lengthen them a little going down hill and I extend mine to max length when fording just in case I plant the pole in a hidden hole.

One more thing these gizmos certainly have extended my backpacking career. Think I'm at about 56 years since my first trip!

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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby JWreno » Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:43 pm

We have been using 2 pairs of Leki Super Makalu poles with shocks and cork grips for about 15 years I guess. My wife when with a lighter pair of Leki poles and gave her Makalu set to my son. Her's have a rubber grip which tends to react with her sun protection lotion and makes her hands look dirty. I like the cork grip and I don't think we will every break them since we haven't yet.
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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby InsaneBoost » Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:51 pm

Thanks for the replies everyone. Very helpful so far.
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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby markskor » Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:34 pm

BTW,
RE: The Shock feature option, forgot about that one -
IMHO, totally worthless except for the squeaky noise,
(and then, only if you like a squeaky noise.)
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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby InsaneBoost » Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:55 pm

Good to know because I was half considering one with the shocks.
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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby JWreno » Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:49 pm

I don't have any opinion on the shock feature. I supposed I could modify the pole to get rid of the spring and the needless motion. Haven't really noticed the squeak. Love the cork.
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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby oldranger » Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:14 pm

The idea of a shock scares me when I want something solid to push off of.

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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby rlown » Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:32 pm

oldranger wrote:The idea of a shock scares me when I want something solid to push off of.

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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby InsaneBoost » Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:44 pm

This might narrow my search on the cork/rubber. I tend to have sweaty hands. I don't care if color or anything gets on them, but would one be better over the other? I keep saying in my head cork would be more slippery, but I'm not sure if that's the case.
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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby Rockchucker » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:19 pm

I too have a set of BD poles, but mine are 2 part, bottom half is carbon fiber while the top is aluminum. I prefer flick locks, twists just don't work as well, especially when they get dirty.
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