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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby maverick » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:29 pm

I love the flick lock BD's, much better than twist IMO, my only issue after a several
seasons of use is the screws in the bottom locks came loose, otherwise they have
been the best poles ever, and I have been thru several different brands.
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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby markskor » Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:01 pm

maverick wrote:...my only issue is after several
seasons ...the screws ... came loose.

Thought we were talking about poles, not my hiking partner.
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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby freestone » Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:52 pm

I had the shock poles with a T shaped handle and thought they were fun to use. I got to where I could play the shock just right and get a great push off when it was most needed. I lost one of the poles at a trailhead, then used the remaining one as a cane style walking stick, again using the shock for advantage. It reminded me of double hauling a fly line for distance. Then I replaced those with a new set of adjustable Gossamer Gear carbon poles. Very light and functional, but after two years, one of the poles will no longer hold the adjustment, grrrr. Welcome to the world of UL cottage industry. I'll send it back for a repair, but it's the hassle of it all. Fixed or adjustable? I like adjustable so I can compensate for the wide variety of terrain the Sierra offers.
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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby Rockchucker » Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:59 pm

maverick wrote:I love the flick lock BD's, much better than twist IMO, my only issue after a several
seasons of use is the screws in the bottom locks came loose, otherwise they have
been the best poles ever, and I have been thru several different brands.

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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby baddog » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:02 pm

Leki, Leki, Leki. I have to assume you're a big guy at 6'4", so get some solid aluminum, twist lock poles with no anti-shock. Flip-locks are great, but I wouldn't trust them at your size. When it comes to poles, I always think, would I trust these on the edge of a bottomless drop? Lots of good poles on the market, so it's hard to go too wrong.

My Leki Makalu's are classic aluminum twist lock poles. Heavy at 22 ozs, but bulletproof. Never had a twist lock, slip or fail. Since my poles were about the only non ultra/lightweight piece of gear I use, I just switched to the BD Ultra Mountain Carbon Z-Poles at 15 ozs. These are awesome folding fixed length poles, but if I was standing on that edge, I'd go with the Maks.

Look at poles in the $50 - $100 range. Less then $50 poles are probably poorly constructed with low grade(weak) aluminum shafts. Poles over $100 tend to be lighter(weaker), carbon(weaker), or with extra features like anti-shock(horrible), everything you do not want.
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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby RoguePhotonic » Wed Mar 05, 2014 4:30 pm

I've used several types and pairs over these years of long trekking and the pair I used last year which were Black Diamond Alpine Cork were the best I have ever had. The new type of flip locks they use worked perfect. I never had to tighten them once and they never collapsed in on me. The first tip to break off lasted 110 days and then the other tip broke off after 121 days on the trail. That's double the life I have ever gotten out of tips. So for now I will not even consider another pole.
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Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby AlmostThere » Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:16 pm

i like gossamer gear as they are fixable. when they fail to lock, all you have to do is pull it apart and screw the rubber cylinder farther down the screw. fixed! most reliable poles i have used. i broke one in the trunk by forgetting and filling it with backpacks - too much stress cracked the lower section. fortunately they sell per section.

i use them with my lightheart solo tent. had them for five years. love 'em. GG even replaced the cork handles for free when a marmot chewed them up.

when the komperdells stopped locking, i tried to contact the company without any success. GG answered emails the same day. can't beat it.
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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby freestone » Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:48 pm

all you have to do is pull it apart and screw the rubber cylinder farther down the screw. fixed!


AlmostThere, that worked. Thanks for sharing the fix! I like the Gossamers for their lightness and are great for pacing. I wish they had some anti-shock in them for pushing off talus and going down steep inclines in the boulders because I've heard of carbon material shattering under certain kinds of stress, but for now I favor the UL. No need to be lugging around poles that weigh in at more than a pound these days.
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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby AlmostThere » Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:07 pm

Actually I don't worry about it as long as the weight and stress is vertical. They have taken my weight plenty of times on creek crossings or when I stumble, and I crank 'em pretty tall when using them to support the tent.

They are weakest horizontally. Just don't pile stuff on them or torque them sideways. I was using mine for SAR until I found a cheap pair of Eastons. They survived a lot of abuse they shouldn't have.
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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby sparky » Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:57 pm

I go for the cheapest walmart poles. I have nevee had a a problem with the locks, and I have never broken one. I just leave them in friends vehicles :-)

I generally have an aversion to walmart but the poles are golden.

Actually one fell out my pack on sunnyside bench, let me know if you find it!
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Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby Bluewater » Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:55 pm

I have a set of Leki poles but lately they have been used as spares for friends. I used TiGoat adjustable poles on the JMT and several other trips. They are carbon fiber and adjustable, about $135 and very lightweight with a good locking mechanism but I left them in the South Lake parking lot a few years ago. Next I tried Gossamer Gear LT4s which are slightly heavier. I liked the grips a lot, but the locking mechanisms were a PITA in the winter. I broke one of them while falling into a hole in a snow covered boulder field, then left the other one in a parking lot in Idyllwild. The latest set I'm using are the GG LT3Cs. They are fixed length and it's possible to custom order the length in 5cm increments. At 5.4 ozs for the pair they are slightly lighter than the TiGoat poles. I was concerned about not being able to adjust them, but the grips are just right and make it easy to switch from level to up or downhill positioning. I got a few c/f extensions to make it possible to use them to setup a Solomid. They seem to be working really well on trail, but I already broke on a difficult x/c route while tired at the end of the day.


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Re: Recommendations For Trekking Poles

Postby Scouter9 » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:44 am

I use Komperdells that I managed to score on clearance from Sierra Trading at $60, a great price for poles that extend 145cm and are light.

However, the hiking poles I recommend to all my Scouts and leaders are the carbon-fiber, cork-gripped $35 poles from Costco that weigh the same as my high-zoot poles do. They "came out" last season and are now in the Costco stores again. These are twist-lockers, extend to 140 and they come with plain rubber tips, contoured street-hiker tips and two sizes of baskets. The carbon-fiber is clear coated and visible, making the user very stylish, cool and probably faster (like that coffee can I clamped on my tailpipe for 40hp gain)... and the six sets of them on trail with us last season performed great.

They Sharpied their names into the cork, because so many poles looked alike.
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