May 26, 2020 at 4:43 pm #3649371John “Jay” MennaBPL Member
Between the Mrs. and I we have burned thru three pairs of Fizan poles (from mass =drop) on each of our last hikes. The first we blew out on day 4 of 6 of the 100 mile wilderness. Then next trip on the Outer Mountain Loop. We matched up the survivors of those two pair and blent to failure one on the Eagle Rock loop this past weekend. I need to order two new sets of poles. I love the Sub $75 price, but Im wondering if anyone else has broken these guys so often?
I have 57 year old knees and I tend to still think I can move like I am 18, But dang! Im not really that abusive to any other gear. Breaking one a week on the trail?
Is my cheap ass, getting me in trouble here? I had a pair of DIY golf shaft poles I really loved. But I can’t get them on airplanes.
What is the holy grail of cheap/ light/ bullet proof? If I have to take one factor out of the equation, I’ll spend the money. What is the holy grail of
cheap/light/ bullet proof?May 26, 2020 at 6:00 pm #3649402Tim HarneyBPL Member
I’ve used my Fizan Massdrop poles for about 5 seasons, probably close to 400 miles, no issues. Other than some scratches, they still are 100% serviceable. Used them on granite in the Sierras and many trips in the Ozarks and Ouachitas, including the Eagle Rock Loop.
I’m about 175#, 56 y/o with a 12-15 pack weight, so maybe not comparing apples to oranges here.
I do disassemble and clean them after each trip.May 26, 2020 at 10:04 pm #3649445
Ive used fizan for over 2000 mi.
A few casualties.
My son, slipped , feet slid out from under him on mossy wet rock on AT. All wt came straight down on pole….lower section snapped in 2. He landed on butt.
I did similar on ozark highlands trail…same result. It’s actually a reason I carry a one pole tarp..
At about 1500 mi, carbide tips fell out of both…30 mi apart , right near end of Colorado trail…. Finished on plastic nubbs.
The two real casualties were due to overloading the poles they are ultra light poles.
that said, I think there’s a reasonable compromise between lightweight and durability here and price. I like them. For the mass drop price I really really really like them.
however based on the carbide tips falling out I would not expect a pair to last a major thru-hike without incident. I’ve been meaning to buy some more tips and glue them on but haven’t got around to it yet. it’s kind of hard we can get a whole set of poles for 60 bucks to spend 20 bucks on tipsMay 26, 2020 at 10:13 pm #3649450
So I bought several sets but I’m still using my original upper sections. I prefer their handle and straps to the mass drop ones, or other replacement I bought from UK. And the teeth marks from my cat chewing on foam grips are kind of endearing.
the scary thing about the brittle hard aluminum breaking, is if you were to land on that sharp jagged broken aluminum piece that’s jammed in the ground, you could really cut yourself up badly
I also had one midsection crack at the bottom and start to develop a split it never failed but I carry a small hose clamp in my spare parts kit that I can fasten around 1 if it shouldMay 26, 2020 at 10:23 pm #3649456May 26, 2020 at 10:32 pm #3649459
If we say on pole plant per 5 ft
Round off 1000 per mile
Thats 1.5 million pole plants -ish.May 26, 2020 at 10:40 pm #3649460Ryan JordanAdmin
@ryanLocale: Central RockiesMay 26, 2020 at 11:38 pm #3649467Dan DurstonBPL Member
@dandydanLocale: Canadian Rockies
I like them as a a budget pole. Have ~1500 miles on a pair. Adjusters are quite good for internal adjusters. Strength is what you’d expect from a super light aluminum pole (e.g. fine for normal use but easily broken in a mishap). Don’t like the plastic top cap.May 27, 2020 at 8:22 am #3649488Packman PeteBPL Member
@packmanpeteLocale: Rainy Portland
I use Cascade Mountain Tech poles and they are surprisingly good. $29 from Costco. I don’t even reach for my Gossamer Gear poles anymore. I figure that these are light enough, really inexpensive, and super durable. No problems whatsoever.May 27, 2020 at 11:21 am #3649522Chris FormyDuvalBPL Member
I’ve used them when I needed an adjustable pole vs the fixed length BD ones I otherwise use. No issue.May 27, 2020 at 3:33 pm #3649585
Id say they are less easily broken than some other more popular ul poles…..
My budget is not a factor…..if there was any other pole that had the combination of durability, weight, 3 piece collapsing ht (great for hitching, etc), …id buy them. There isnt….so ive had 5 prs of these between me and son….ive got lots of spare parts.
The twist locks are excellent as well..not prone to slip.May 27, 2020 at 11:03 pm #3649652Gregory SteinBPL Member
@tauneutrinoLocale: Upper Galilee
I have these poles for several years. Ended up buying them for the whole family. Very satisfied! I do also have LocusGear carbon poles and Fizans way more sturdy. They hold up my shelters (Duplex and Ultamid 4). Survived many hikes in Alps, Israel deserts, Iceland. Other than loosing three poles I had no issues with them. Don’t know what could be a reason to spend much more money on poles! And I have some expensive gear.
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