May 6, 2005 at 6:32 pm #1216130
I purchased these poles in 2004 with the thought that I was taller than I am. I have only used them on one overnight trip and they have no visible damage other than slight normal wear on the replaceable tips. They include adjustable wrist straps and replaceable baskets. I paid $211 at the time of original purchase. I will ship them to anywhere in the continental U.S. via DHL Ground for $140.May 6, 2005 at 8:16 pm #1337142Jeremy McDanielMember
@jerm409Locale: highest privy in the lower 48
Hi there Mark. I am very interested in your poles. Is there a difference in the 2004 and 2005 poles. Please email me at [email protected]
ThanksMay 6, 2005 at 9:22 pm #1337144paul johnsonMember
@pjLocale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Until Mark replies to you, here’s some info you may find useful (these are active HyperLInks to BPL webpages found by searching the BPL website for Stix):
Click the Blue Links.
Stix X-1 ’04 w/CorkGrips GearGuide WebPage
Stix X-1 ’04 w/FoamGrips GearGuide WebPage
Stix X-1 ’04-’04 ProductCatalog WebPage–Discontinued
[Note: The link immediately above is partially “grayed” out and a bit difficult to read. However, here’s what you can try…with the above webpage showing, simply click your Browser Window’s ‘Edit’ pull-down menu, and click the ‘Select All’ menu choice. This will select all of the ‘text’ of the webpage, effectively making the ‘grayed-out’ text more readable without eye strain, i.e., the text should become a very visible white color on a blue background – if your Browser is using the normal default color scheme.]
StixPro ’05 Gear Guide
StixPro ’05 ProductCatalogWebPageMay 7, 2005 at 5:16 am #1337146
As you can see there seem to be some design changes on the ’05 poles. The grips on my poles are exactly like the ones in the diagram of Stix ’04 poles w/ cork grips. I found the grips to be quite comfortable and appreciated the traditional wrist strap design.
Upon close inspection of the poles I did notice a few very slight abrasions on the lower half of the poles from light brush on their single overnight usage. I am only mention this because I want you to have a very complete description of their condition.
I will also toss in a free brand new unopened package of Leki replacement carbide flextips that can be used on the poles.
If you are not completely satisfied upon receipt I will buy them back from you.
-MarkMay 7, 2005 at 8:59 am #1337147paul johnsonMember
@pjLocale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Jeremy & Mark,
I don’t mean to be rude & intrude into your thread. If this is not appreciated, I apologize now & will refrain in the future.
The slight scratches (keep in mind I haven’t seen the scratches on Mark’s poles) are prob. similar to those on my GossamerGear LightTrek and LightTrekPlus poles as well as my REI/Komperdell poles. All three of the aforementioned poles are CF (carbon fiber). The scratches on mine cause me absolutely NO concern whatsoever. I expect that my poles will continue to perform and not fail for a long time to come & accumulate many more cosmetic blemishes/scratches.
These scratches are part of normal use and if slight are only cosmetic in nature, i.e., they do NOT pose any structural integrity issue.
Since these scratches are in all likelihood only “cosmetic” and NOT “structural” it should be understood that the following info does NOT apply to cosmetic blemishes.
In fact, where I work (Test Engineering at Sikorsky Aircraft), we test aircraft components to failure (Ti, Steel, Al, & CF amongst some others). CF, generally speaking, has far superior fatigue characteristics when cp. to Al, Steel, and Ti.
Furthermore, we sometimes introduce a defect into a part for some tests. CF, again, generally speaking, performs the best when a “defect” is present.
Once again, generally speaking, scratches & gouges do NOT propagate to failure as rapidly in CF as in metals. The way CF is manufactured, the strain that results at the site of a crack/defect is redistributed in CF even after a defect is present, thus making crack propagation less likely, though it still can propagate if the stresses applied are great enough. This is unlike metals where the tip/point of the crack has infinite strain – thus allowing the crack to propagate with each damaging cycle (basically, a flex-relax-flex-relax type of application of force).
If I did not already own 3 sets of CF poles, I would snatch these up in a second.May 7, 2005 at 9:13 am #1337148
Thanks for your input, it is greatly appreciated. I agree that the small scratches are of no concern unless you are the type of person who polishes the bottom of their shoes.
That said, too much information is always better than too little when spending money.
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