Feb 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm #1285193
They look nice, are pretty light, compactable, and don't cost a small fortune. Shipping might be a bugger though. Hopefully I'll know soon enough as I emailed for a shipping quote.Feb 4, 2012 at 5:34 pm #1834556
I have the older version. They're light and well made, but the connection between the two sections is too wobbly for use as a shelter pole. I'm not sure if version 2.0 has fixed that problem or not. You should ask Jotaro about that.
Shipping from Japan is not very expensive. It should be quite reasonable. (considering that for UL gear… most of which is made in the States… most people outside the US have to pay quite high shipping prices, I think it's rather reasonable)Feb 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm #1834578
Thanks, Miguel. Question though. You refer to the "connection between the two sections" as too wobbly. Does that mean your older version is a two piece pole?Feb 4, 2012 at 6:41 pm #1834585
Oops, I meant three sections! the wobbly part is on the upper, bigger connection point.Feb 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm #1834599
Jotaro replied to my shipping inquiry. $20, insured with tracking number. Not bad at all!
I asked if the poles were strong enough for a shelter but have yet to hear back.Feb 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm #1834608
@chrismorganLocale: Southern Oregon
Is my math right—$157 plus shipping?Feb 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm #1834614
Is my math right—$157 plus shipping?
Yep. You have to take into account how badly the dollar is doing right now. It used to be $120 just two years ago!Feb 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm #1834650
"Yep. You have to take into account how badly the dollar is doing right now. It used to be $120 just two years ago!"
A weak dollar is probably more good than bad at this point…unless you're buying foreign made gear!
RyanFeb 5, 2012 at 7:29 am #1834749
Jotaro replied to my question re their strength for using them in shelters. He said they are tested with Locus Gear shelters and they are fine.Mar 14, 2012 at 10:37 pm #1854043
I put up a couple of pics on my blog if anyone is interested:
Jeremy.Mar 15, 2012 at 10:18 am #1854211
Thanks, Jeremy. Keep us posted!Apr 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm #1867067
I now have a good bit of wear and tear on these poles (140 hard km's).
– Have not broken yet – I put them through tough conditions
– Do not slip nearly as often as Ti Goat poles (at least the 2011 model of them). Only slipped 2-3 times on a very tough 9 day hike
– They seem strong, are comfy and are light
– One tip has already fallen off, the other is loose and will soon fall out
– Need to be very tight not to slip
– Very hard to loosen. Sometimes took me 5 mins and I could imagine some people could not loosen them at all. I probably couldn't loosen them if they are icy or slippery
Summary – I would like these poles much much more if they had flick locks or something similar. Besides this and the issues with the tips, they are really nice poles. I still much prefer these to very light weight poles – but would consider something else that is light but with flick locks. Does something like this exist??Apr 14, 2012 at 8:17 am #1867157
Jeremy, not everything you are looking for ,but light and flick lockApr 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm #1868792
Thanks a bunch for the update. Those poles looks excellent. If only they made them in a three piece model!Dec 6, 2012 at 9:37 am #1933570
@mwgillenwaterLocale: Seattle area
Looks like Locus just came out with new versions, including a flip lock. Real competition for Gossamer Gear LTs?Dec 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm #1933632
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
"Looks like Locus just came out with new versions, including a flip lock. Real competition for Gossamer Gear LTs?"
I was unable to decipher the order page on their website. How does one go about ordering a set of these very attractive poles? HELP!!Dec 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm #1933655
Jotaro Yoshida speaks very good English. Just email him. He'll be more than glad to help.
I use these poles. Though they are heavier than the GG poles, they are also considerably stronger.I use them over the GG's mainly because they can collapse to a much shorter length and thereby are safer and more convenient on the crowded trains.Dec 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm #1933665
The specs on the new flick lock CP2's look perfect. 10.8oz for a set which gets you flick locks and increased stiffness of the LT4's. I'd love to try some.Dec 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm #1933670
And $145.50 in US dollars, is that correct?Dec 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm #1933682
delDec 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm #1933730
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
"Jotaro Yoshida speaks very good English. Just email him. He'll be more than glad to help."
"I use these poles. Though they are heavier than the GG poles, they are also considerably stronger.I use them over the GG's mainly because they can collapse to a much shorter length and thereby are safer and more convenient on the crowded trains."
I don't worry about crowded trains, but for the shorter length, extra strength, and bombproof locking mechanism, I 'll gladly eat the extra 2 ounces or so. This sounds to me like the answer to a lot of dreams. Now, if the Yen would just take a dive…… ;0)Jan 8, 2013 at 8:41 am #1941800
Anyone try these new flick lock poles yet?
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