Mar 13, 2009 at 5:12 pm #1234790
jim drauckerBPL Member
@mtnjimLocale: Shenandoah Valley VA
I need some feedback about single piece
poles. Any input would be appreciated.
In all honesty , I usually hike with a bamboo staff. I'm getting old, knees are getting dodgey.
JimMar 13, 2009 at 5:35 pm #1485415
Jay WilkersonBPL Member
@creachenLocale: East Bay
I have the 130cm Stix(I am 6'3)and have used them many times with no problems at all. I really like the one piece poles- I don't know how many times the locking mechanism has failed on me in the middle of a hike –Just too much fiddle factor. Komperdell and Leki have great trekking poles but I am leaning more and more to the one piece pole like the Stix. BPL Stix (High Five)
-2 cents worthMar 13, 2009 at 6:03 pm #1485422
@jasonklassLocale: Parker, CO
Jim, are you only considering one-piece poles or are you open to 2-piece? I've been using the Gossamer Gear Light Trek 4s for a while and really like them. They have the best locking mechanism I've ever seen and they have not failed me ones.Mar 13, 2009 at 7:15 pm #1485434
Tim CheekBPL Member
Don't forget that if you fly to your hiking destination one piece poles are problematic.Mar 13, 2009 at 7:29 pm #1485438
Denis HazlewoodBPL Member
@redleaderLocale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
For the past 4 years I have used the original LuxuryLite TrailSticks. They were my first experience with trekking poles after using a "hiking stick" (bamboo etc.) for years. You won't be sorry using poles. Life on the trail just gets easier with poles. They make a big difference, especially on down hills and stream crossing.Mar 13, 2009 at 9:41 pm #1485471
@stilldtcLocale: The desert
I have both the BPL Stix and GG Lightrek 3 customs and I have to strongly recommend the Lightreks over the Stix. The difference for me comes down to the plastic tips on the Lightreks over the carbon fiber tips on the Stix. My cf tips broke after only a couple of overnight test trips, and suffice I was less than pleased. If you do finally decide to go with the Stix, buy them 5 cm short and go get replacement Leki tips to coveer the stock tips a la Andrew Skurka style.Mar 13, 2009 at 9:59 pm #1485475
Steve MartellBPL Member
@steveLocale: Eastern Washington
Another vote for one-piece poles. Last year I switched from the REI UL poles to the BPL Stix. I've been very pleased with the Stix. I was hesitant in using them for 2 reasons: (1) needed adjustable pole for my rain shelter/cape (Gatewood Cape) and (2) I like to CX (cross country) hike to the hard-to-get to places.
I've adapted to the Stix by replacing the Gatewood's stakeout loops with 1/8” bungee cord. This allows me to use my pole (at slight angle) and gives self-adjusting tension in wind and rain. For CX travel I still use the poles (more than I thought) and when not needed, I just drag them via the attached wrist loops. This system works for me and I can't imagine hiking w/o poles again.Mar 13, 2009 at 11:03 pm #1485485
Doug JohnsonBPL Member
@djohnsonLocale: Washington StateMar 13, 2009 at 11:07 pm #1485488
Doug JohnsonBPL Member
@djohnsonLocale: Washington State
Personally, I love fixed length poles. No noise, no change of slippage, no maintenance- just extremely light poles with a very consistent trail feel and flex.
The new Gossamer Gear Lightrek poles are brilliant and the poles I go to most every time (and being the trekking pole editor, I have a huge collection).
I like collapsible poles for flights or trips where I know I'll be carrying the poles a lot. Other than that, I really dislike swinging around the locking mechanisms. Fixies are so much more reliable, lightweight, and beautiful.Mar 15, 2009 at 2:52 pm #1485776
Mark JonesBPL Member
@hibisk55Locale: The Back of Beyond
I love Gossamer Gear Lightrek poles. I used Leki aluminum adjustable poles for years. I resisted the move to carbon fiber for fear of duability. Reports of broken shafts made them suspect, but that seems to be a a problem of the past. I made the change and can say that the liberation of a 4.0 ounce carbon fiber pole is incredible.
I use the Lightrek 4 adjustable poles, but I think I would prefer the single peice Lightrek 3s. The simplicity of a a single piece pole is appealing. The Lightrek 4 is not short enough for convenient airline travel, nor is it short enough to store in a pack. It would be great if they were 3 peice and collapsed to a shorter length. GG are you listening?
The wrist strap/no wrist strap debate has been extensively addressed in this forum. I have become a convert to strapless poles. I like the simplicity of no straps – just grip and go. The GG Ligthtrek grips are exceptionally designed. The shape is perfect to grip at the base to effectively shorten the pole for uphill climbs or grip at the top to effectively lengthen the pole for downhill decents. They are perfectly shaped to palm for steep descent, boulder hoping, stream crossing, etc.
I have a pair of BPL Stix, but I have assigned them to alpine ski duty. They are great poles; however, I am concerned about the vulnerability of the carbon fiber tips. The Leki tip mentioned in a previous post seems like it would be a suitable solution to this weakness. I also perfer the smaller diameter of the GG poles. I really like the Stix for ski poles. I purchased mine at last year's 40% off sale.
Lightrek 3s are near the top of my wish list.
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