Trekking Poles – Shock or No?
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Mar 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm #1580758Aaron RiceMember
Got it, thanks.Mar 2, 2010 at 6:09 pm #1580872Ken BennettSpectator
@ken_bennettLocale: southeastern usa
No anti-shock for me. I fell several times when I slipped and planted the pole hard on rock, and the ^$% anti-shock *bounced* off the rock instead of digging in, and down I went. Boom.Mar 2, 2010 at 6:20 pm #1580880Jeffs ElevenBPL Member
Wow, I'm kinda amazed how lopsided this forum turned out. I didn't count, but it seems like its 10 to 1 in favor of rigid poles.Mar 2, 2010 at 6:49 pm #1580896Patrick SMember
@xpatrickxadLocale: Upper East TN
Maybe I'm not getting it, but I never understood the point of the shock. I just figured it was a marketing thing. Maybe someone can explain. I've just played around with some in stores and on the trail a bit and I've had some friends that used 'em.Mar 2, 2010 at 7:18 pm #1580911Tom ClarkBPL Member
@tomclarkLocale: East Coast
I agree with Mary and most of the others. Antishock poles are noisier and more expensive, while adding no real value.Mar 2, 2010 at 7:23 pm #1580914Nathaniel LynnMember
Not noisy, no springs. More like skateboard truck bushings or something.
There was a video explaining the system. Not sure if it is still on here since I am running a browser without flash.Mar 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm #1580920W I S N E R !BPL Member
Count me on the side of rigid poles.
I used anti-shock poles once…and promptly gave them away. I couldn't help but feel like I was never planting them firmly or they were flexing.
Anti-shock is a bunch of hype in my humble opinion.Mar 2, 2010 at 7:58 pm #1580926Travis LeannaBPL Member
I have the Leki Super Makalu's with antishock, and I actually like it. The spring is very rigid, so it doesn't flop around or make noise. I have to put considerable pressure on the pole for it to depress the spring all the way. For me, it does reduce the shock without any stupidness (over-hyped gizmo factor).Mar 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm #1580991Manfred von RichthofenSpectator
I also hate the toy-sound of shocks on rocks. I always thought shocks were supposed to be better, but my first pair of poles were BD shock-less due to price. I recently got a second pair of BD trial shock poles at a great price, and I'm pretty excited about them. They don't seem to have as much cushion as the Lekis I've used and the shock isn't the standard spring on the bottom and doesn't seem to have near as much play.
Less cushion + no toy sound = wonderful. Maybe they won't live up to my expectations, however–I have yet to try them.
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