Trekking Poles

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Re: Trekking Poles

Post by Gazelle » Wed May 22, 2019 8:33 am

WD I have the notch li, I really like it! I use the BD alpine flz poles with it, took a little thought to make it so I can set it up with rocks when stakes dont go in the ground but all good now!
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Re: Trekking Poles

Post by Gazelle » Wed May 22, 2019 9:23 am

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Re: Trekking Poles

Post by CAMERONM » Wed May 22, 2019 9:49 pm

I now have a second pair of Kompderdell Carbon Vario 4's. The aspects that are important to me are light weight, a three-part section, height adjustability for trail adjustment downhill and uphill, extension to 140cm + for my tarp, and and aluminum bottom sections. That last part would be important for many on this site who go off-trail. Carbon is great but does not perform well when taxed sideways. The aluminum at the bottom section handles the frequent stress encountered off-trail when the pole drops into a deep spot. Nevertheless, I broke one last summer during a fall. Black Diamond offers some interesting options that come close. If you can live with all-carbon and a longer, single-extendable, Z-packs has an interesting option for $99.

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Re: Trekking Poles

Post by Shiker » Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:07 pm

How are those carbon fiber poles available from Costco. I see on the Costco web site you can get a 2-pack for $70. 16 oz a pair. Brand is Cascade Mountain Tech.

Are these any good? Or just cheap junk?

I have poles for myself, but need some for my kids...

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Re: Trekking Poles

Post by bobby49 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:24 pm

Some hikers like the lightweight simplicity and low cost of fixed-length poles. However, for growing kids you might want variable length poles.

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Re: Trekking Poles

Post by rlown » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:25 pm

Nick a carbon fiber pole and you'll regret it.. Go Black Diamond Aluminum.

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Re: Trekking Poles

Post by tomba » Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:27 pm

In recent years I have bought several pairs of these trekking poles from Costco for myself and my family. They work well.
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Re: Trekking Poles

Post by neil d » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:38 pm

Another vote for the Costco set...had them out on several multi-day adventures and no issues. CF, light weight, three sections, and good handles for $30/pair.

The flip-lock system they use is the obvious weak point, but so far so good...and I always have an extra length of duct tape on board for emergency repair.

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Re: Trekking Poles

Post by wildhiker » Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:41 pm

I have used the Costco $30 poles for years. The flip-lock works great for me, because you can adjust the tension.
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Re: Trekking Poles

Post by Wandering Daisy » Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:54 am

I bought the Black Diamond aluminum flip locks, women's, with rubber grips. Not the lightest but sturdy. Only problem is that the locks tent to slip if not adjusted often. I probably am not tightening them enough at home at the beginning of a trip. I also find that when the pole is submerged in a creek crossing, they will slip, but if I then dry off the sections they hold. I am now using a trekking pole supported tent so I have to adjust each morning and evening.

Does anyone know of a light weight Philips screw tip. It would be nice to have such tool with me. I was thinking of something like a tip welded to a wing-nut. Or is there already a special tool one can buy specifically for this purpose. I do not carry any multi-tool with me (never will because they are too heavy).

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