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Trekking Poles – Shock or No?


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    Aaron Rice
    Member

    @arice727

    Locale: Michigan

    Got it, thanks.

    #1580872
    Ken Bennett
    Spectator

    @ken_bennett

    Locale: 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.

    #1580880
    Jeffs Eleven
    BPL Member

    @woodenwizard

    Locale: NePo

    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.

    #1580896
    Patrick S
    Member

    @xpatrickxad

    Locale: 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.

    #1580911
    Tom Clark
    BPL Member

    @tomclark

    Locale: East Coast

    I agree with Mary and most of the others. Antishock poles are noisier and more expensive, while adding no real value.

    #1580914
    Nathaniel Lynn
    Member

    @bc74sj

    Locale: Midwest

    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.

    http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/mountain/trekking-poles/trail-shock-compact

    #1580920
    W I S N E R !
    BPL Member

    @xnomanx

    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.

    #1580926
    Travis Leanna
    BPL Member

    @t-l

    Locale: Wisconsin

    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).

    #1580991
    Manfred von Richthofen
    Spectator

    @adama

    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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