Apr 30, 2010 at 1:19 pm #1258393
I was wondering if anyone has tried the new Titanium Goat poles and could compare them to the Gossamer Gear ones? Thanks.Apr 30, 2010 at 4:29 pm #1604255
I don't have both so I can't compare.
I've got the new poles, and they're great for me. I thought I would miss the molded grips, because I previously used a pair of Komperdells, and used to leverage the straps alot on the uphills, turns out I was wrong. After the last couple of trips out with them, I've learned to love them sans straps and with the grips they come with.
I like being able to put my thumb over the top and use that part of my hand.
I love them, and I've got absolutely zero concerns about breakage. That being said, everyone loves the LT4s that have them also.
I'd just ask yourself how important the cork grips would be to you. The wt difference is less than half an oz now, but there is a price premium on the LT4s.Apr 30, 2010 at 4:51 pm #1604266
"That being said, everyone loves the LT4s that have them also."
Actually, not everyone. I prefer the TiGoat's simple foam grips. I know many prefer LT4's molded cork grips, but the molding works less well for me and I don't like the feel of cork when it's damp and clammy. As you can see, it's mostly subjective.Apr 30, 2010 at 5:08 pm #1604283
If I get them maybe I will have to switch grips with you BenApr 30, 2010 at 5:12 pm #1604286
They're not switchable though.Apr 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm #1604291
Different thickness of poles?Apr 30, 2010 at 5:18 pm #1604294
Re: Ben, guess we're in a minority, but I'm in total agreement.Apr 30, 2010 at 5:26 pm #1604300
I asked about 2 years ago and TG said they could do cork as a special order. Don't know if that is still true.Apr 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm #1604304
Hey, Javan — the power of two!! :)Apr 30, 2010 at 5:45 pm #1604322
Jamie ShorttBPL Member
@jshorttLocale: North Carolina
Ben, Make it 3…I use ti goat poles and find the foam handles work well for me. The best thing about the ti goat poles is the added camera mount. I take a lot of self pictures and this comes in really handy.
JamieApr 30, 2010 at 6:29 pm #1604342
Scott LaytonBPL Member
@swlaytonLocale: Pacific Northwest
Make it 4. I much prefer the foam handle, and with the TGPs you can remove one lower, pop it in the top of the other pole and have a much longer, adjustable pole. No need for a pole extender.Apr 30, 2010 at 6:31 pm #1604344
Ha! The silent 'majority' now coming out of the woodwork…Apr 30, 2010 at 6:36 pm #1604346
Yeah, where were you guys when I spent 2 months debating which ones to buy?
The 2010 revisions tipped the scales, not that I have a freaking clue how to fish tenkara style (or any variety of fly fishing)..Apr 30, 2010 at 7:24 pm #1604371
Javan – that's not the point! ;) You can if you want to now!!
I'm really impressed with the features on the new TiGoat poles and love the simplicity of the grips. With that said I'm really happy with my LT4's. If I botch up the grips when I hack on them to add a camera mount and tarp tips on the handles I may see if I can tweak in some grips similar to the TiGoat style.
Don MeredithApr 30, 2010 at 7:41 pm #1604379
Eugene SmithBPL Member
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
I own a pair of the newer TiGoat AGPs with the foam handles. I'm still stirring over the handles, going back and forth. My first impressions in regard to the foam handles was the noticed lack of tack or perceived grip, they just felt slippery in my dry hands, the non-existent weight of the poles compounded that even more as I would faintly grasp the handles while hiking on the trail and found myself blazing empty handed past my poles due to slippage many times on the trail the 4 days I've used them. The foam handles haven't grown on me yet, the poles I'm absolutely in love with. I'm still familiarizing myself with the handles.
I'm circling back and forth over the Yagi fly rod accessory for the TiGoat AGP's, if that happens I think I'm going to invest in some 6 or 7" cork fly rod handles and do a MYOG project and nix the foam handles and swap them out for the cork. I think this would compliment the Yagi Tenkara rod accessory quite well.Apr 30, 2010 at 7:53 pm #1604384
Eugene, I had the same experience with that "left my pole behind" syndrome. After about 3 weeks on the trail with said poles, it's lessened dramatically.
Personally, I'm grateful, because every time I find myself taking two steps; sans pole, I realize I wasn't paying attention to myself, my surroundings, or the trail. I walk back, pickup the pole (which is invariably stuck in the ground at a 45deg angle), noticing the reverse view of said trail, and get my mind back in order.
It's strangely therapeutic. I tend to be too focused on "moving forward", often forgetting the journey, in search of the reward.
P.S. don't "f" with the grips. They're either goat poles, or they "ain't". ;)
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