Apr 7, 2009 at 7:57 am #1235377
Since giving a lift to hitching PCTers in Independence, CA this past summer, I've wanted a pair of nice light poles with the excellent Gossamer Gear cork grips. My previous rig of BD Traverse poles with the grips wrapped in cycling bar tape left much to be desired.
So at the ski swap this past fall, I snagged a pair of decent fiberglass skate ski poles for $10. The other day I finally got around to ordering some GG grips, and put the whole together last night.
I cut the poles for a 120 cm length, and the upper end just happened to be the right size for fitting snugly up in the grip. My scheme for some kind of t-nut was not put to the test. A bit of dremel and file work to turn the tips into smaller, symmetrical spikes rounded things out.
Each pole is 6 oz on the nose.
I'm pretty confident that the thick fiberglass will hold up well (I don't trust myself with carbon in much of anything), but we'll have to wait and see on that one.
The only immediate disadvantage on the rig is a lack of resistance to flex, if you suspend the ends on tables and weight the middle, they bend a good bit. I'll soon figure out if this is a detriment in practice.
I'm pleased with the weight, excited about the great grip material and shape, and more excited about the low outlay of cash and time.Apr 7, 2009 at 8:11 am #1491977
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
Nice, and the price is right!Apr 8, 2009 at 9:09 am #1492358
@donkeyLocale: Silverado Canyon
Nice work Dave….I had a similar plan in mind until I found a pair of Gossamer poles for $40. I'd like to make a pair like this for Steph though.
Are you going back to paired poles….or did you make 2 just to have an extra?
BApr 8, 2009 at 7:06 pm #1492544
I prefer two for "serious" hiking. The primary purpose of getting these going is the Devil's Backbone 50 miler south of Bozeman in July. I always used two poles in the Grand Canyon, too.May 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm #1611751
@mantoneLocale: Washington State
How have these poles been holding up?
Curious, don't you use straps around your wrist?May 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm #1611779
@jamespatsalides-comLocale: New England
The GG poles don't have straps (unless you order the straps upgrade). I had the same question (thought I'd miss straps) until I got my LT4s and started using them. When they are this light, you really don't need straps.
Very cool project. It'll be interesting to see if you need/miss straps with a 6oz pole (rather than 2.5oz for the LT3/4s). Good luck!
Cheers, James.May 21, 2010 at 10:06 am #1612175
@herman666Locale: Northern Virginia
My wife and I were crossing a rock field we were both using GG Lightrek 3 carbon fiber poles. Mine were stock. She didn't like not having straps so I installed straps on hers. I caught my pole in a crack and fell. I held onto the pole as long as I could to break my fall, but when I felt significant bending, I let go.
The same thing happened to my wife, but because of the strap, her pole broke over a rock and cost $110 to replace. It wasn't because the pole was carbon. I'm pretty sure an aluminum pole would have kinked given the same forces.
Now neither of us use straps. One nice thing about the ultralight carbon poles: they tend to stay put better when jammed into the ground instead of falling over so we don't miss the straps all that much.May 21, 2010 at 10:26 am #1612184
I use my straps to hold and put pressure on my poles. For me it is more a case of grip and how i hold onto a pole. Most of my weight is transferred by the straps. I do very little actual gripping to transfer weight onto the poles.May 21, 2010 at 11:36 am #1612208
@rbeardLocale: ATL, Southern Appalachia
me too, you can get serious leverage on the straps and that makes using your poles that much easier.May 21, 2010 at 9:33 pm #1612422
I don't like and don't use wrist straps for trekking poles. Too clumsy and slow to get in and out of, and I like to vary my grip depending on cadence and terrain.
These poles have been used a lot in the last year, and are holding up great. I've added a pair of small baskets, as the extra weight is made up for in their resistance to getting stuck in soft ground.
I made a shorter, aluminum pair for my wife, and they are even lighter and cheaper.Nov 11, 2010 at 10:04 pm #1663393
I'll put in one more plug for these poles. The fiberglass XC ski pole shafts have proven to be really sturdy. The metal tips hold up well, I give them a grind with a file every so often to keep them sharpish. The GosGear grips are absolutely ideal. The poles even float, and the cork grips and non-metal shafts make a noticeable difference in the cold.
Best money ever spent on backpacking gear? Maybe.
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