Jul 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm #1276797
I realize that one-piece poles are sturdy. But collapsible poles can be stuffed into a pack until you need them. I also have adjustable X-C ski poles, but they will adjust only so far.
What is a good (single) collapsible trekking pole? I'm looking for something that will fit into 18 inches or so. Ideally, it would have a snow basket on it, although I have a spare basket that I might try to apply.
The snow pack in the Sierra Nevada doesn't seem to want to give up without a fight.
–B.G.–Jul 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm #1760053
Eugene SmithBPL Member
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
These might be worth checking out, if I understand what you're looking for correctly.
These are carbon fiber, collapse down around 14-16in. depending on the length you go with.Jul 16, 2011 at 5:27 pm #1760056
That looks pretty close.
REI has a pair for $150.
I had in mind something more like one for $50.
–B.G.–Jul 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm #1760066
If you like wood, Brazos Walking Sticks has a wooden sectional stick called the Traveler's Stick:
http://www.brazos-walking-sticks.com/products/Travelers-Walking-Stick.htmlJul 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm #1760075
Brazos Walking Sticks
Far too long, and no facility for a snow basket.
–B.G.–Jul 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm #1760080
@rcowmanLocale: Canadian Rockies
C.A.M.P poles only come in 120cm length but come as a single and are 32cm long (13inches)Jul 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm #1761075
If you're able to go up to $70, the REI Traverse is a single pole that looks like a solid choice with rave reviews:
The cheapest one I know of is another REI pole, the Hiker Staff but there's no reviews:
Unfortunately I don't know of anything that will fold down to 18 inches, most poles collapse to 20 inches or more.
Hope that helps!Jul 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm #1761087
Instead of continuing to look for the very best solution, today I purchased the cheapest solution at Wally World. It's an Outdoor Products pole that collapses down to only 24 inches. Cost $12.88.
–B.G.–Jul 19, 2011 at 9:12 pm #1761095
John DonewarBPL Member
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Texas
"Instead of continuing to look for the very best solution, today I purchased the cheapest solution at Wally World. It's an Outdoor Products pole that collapses down to only 24 inches. Cost $12.88."
I am currently using a pair of the WalMart / Outdoor Products poles. But I keep looking longingly at the CAMP Xenon 4's.
The price is $69.95, weight per pair is 120cm / 9.9oz and 135cm / 10.6oz and if I did my math correctly they break down to 12.6" & 14.2" respectively.
And they have snow baskets.
My current Wally World / Outdoor Products poles work so well I just can't seem to justify the extra $44.00 and change. :-?
NewtonJul 19, 2011 at 9:20 pm #1761098
Sumi WadaBPL Member
@detroittigerfanLocale: Ann Arbor
Black Diamond Distance poles. These are the aluminum version but still quite light — 12.3oz for the pair of 120cm. On sale at SunnySports.com for $70.
http://www.sunnysports.com/Catalog.aspx?op=BrandItemDisplay&BrandName=Black Diamond&ProductID=BKDD&Sort=Stock&DescSort=0&Filter=2200%3d2232Jul 20, 2011 at 12:08 am #1761137
Jeremy PlattBPL Member
I know this one is not cheap but cannot wait for it to come out soon. I find travelling with 2 piece poles super annoying and have been waiting for a break apart pole that is adjustable. Hopefully it turns out ok.Jul 20, 2011 at 3:48 am #1761153
@carlbeckerLocale: Northern Virginia
Take a look at fizan trekking poles.Jul 20, 2011 at 4:37 am #1761156
James KleinBPL Member
Bob, I bought a pair of the outdoor products fliplock poles and replaced the grips with eva foam ones (like tigoat poles) — cut the weight down ~ 2.5 – 3 oz per pole — cost another 5 bucks or so to just under 7oz per pole. If you bought the twist lock ones yours could probably come in a little lighter.Jul 20, 2011 at 8:27 am #1761197
Brian LindahlBPL Member
@lindahlbLocale: Colorado Rockies
I'm a big fan of some Helinox poles (distributed by Big Agnes). Under 10oz for the 120cm model, and under 12oz for the 135cm model. They're also aluminum – the lightest aluminum adjustable poles on the market. I have the 120cm model.
Breakdown poles don't interest me, as they don't store well on the outside of the pack, nor can you adjust the size. I like to have 120cm for downhill, 110cm for uphill and 90-95cm for steep climbs (30+ degrees). I usually run 115cm over variable (up-and-down) terrain.
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