- Jan 27, 2019 at 9:16 pm #3575394SFOldManClanSpectator
@sfoldmanclanLocale: Washington DC
Forgot to mention that the weight above was without snow baskets and without rubber tips… the straps where left on when I weighed them.Jan 27, 2019 at 9:21 pm #3575396Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
“I have taken my hiking pole, the neoTrekk BigStik, onto many flights. It has no pointy end and looks kinda like a cane. So put a rubber crutch tip on it, limp a little. look handicapped… and you get onboard OK.”
Don’t be that guy.Mar 17, 2019 at 8:19 pm #3584032Max OBPL Member
Any opinions on or even experience with the MSR DynaLock Ascent Carbon poles?:
Not particulary light I know, but could be a strong and functional pole for winter activities.Jul 27, 2019 at 5:42 pm #3603719Cas BerentsenBPL Member
Fizan Compact Light / Trekking Compact. Alu 326g the pair (11.5oz (11oz advertized) ) around +/-60USD the pair. Tested as well on this website somewhere in the past
Bought one sturdy pair in 2010 from the UK that I had to leave behind on the airport, a second less sturdy pair for 47eur ( 52USD) in 2012 from Italy and a third pair for 59eur ( 66 USD)from France after one pole of the second batch fractured while tensioning.
Using these poles now for 9 years and really pleased with them.Sep 19, 2019 at 4:05 am #3610852Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Exhaustively detailed article that will likely be referred to often on BPL.
Sep 27, 2019 at 5:04 am #3611858KarenBPL Member
- Pole straps-> essential once you learn how to properly use and adjust them (see online instructions for XC ski pole strap use)
- Foam grip extensions-> never found the need for them and I always remove them and put several turns of Gorilla duct tape just under the handle. You will find uses for it.
- Pole tips-> should have threaded area for adding snow baskets for those of us who use our poles in winter snow
- Grips-> I like cork and barring that soft, textured synthetic material like a dense closed cell foam.
I used trekking poles for the first time about 8-10 ?? years ago, mostly due to some knee pain I had then (and no longer have – it’s everything else that hurts now!). I bought what were then very cheap ($35?), LLBean hikelite poles, with a cork grip, twist lock adjustment, and tips with removable snow baskets. I still have them. I have no idea how many miles are on them, pretty much every day hike and backpack trip since. They have never slipped, broken, or otherwise malfunctioned. They still adjust easily. They weigh one pound for the pair. LLBean doesn’t even sell this model any more, but I love them! I hope they never break or wear out, and I’ll use them til I’m drooling in my wheelchair. I can then will them to one of you younger hikers, because as far as I can tell, they’re every bit as good as anything in this review, despite not being a very sexy brand.Oct 1, 2019 at 12:40 am #3612250Tony WongBPL Member
@valsharLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Anti-Shock feature…waste of money and ineffective in most situations.
Recent bought some new Leki poles after my prior pair of Leki’s lower section fused together with the middle section due to “corrosion”.
Great poles and served me well with old “shock absorber” anti shock mechanism.
Took poles out yesterday on a 14.6 miles hike up and back down Mt. Diablo in the SF Bay Area.
Love the flick lock poles and the tool-less means of adjusting tension on the flip locks to increase hold when adjusting the length of the poles.
(I decrease length while going up hill and increase length while going down hill).
Cork handles are new to me, nice vs. the plastic/rubber ones I had before.
Strap is super easy to adjust the length on…my old ones were near impossible to adjust without great effort and annoyance.
The Anti Shock system on the new Leki poles is a small barrel “nub” of “rubber” that is kinda like a marshmello just above the basket on the pole.
Applying a lot of weight/pressure on the poles caused them to “squish” which is supposed to make it easier on the joints/body.
I am 150 lbs….if I plant the poles firmly in the dirt and then press the tops of the handles against my belly and lean forward to apply force, with some effort, I can really compress the Anti Shock Marshmello.
In most situations, I am not applying that much downward force to take advantage of the Anti Shock rubber nub.
Plus, the amount of compression possible only translates to maybe an half inch of travel in the pole.
Neat idea, but just did not find meaningful benefit to the feature.
Save your money and avoid this feature….unless you like the handles on this particular set of poles….they are great if you like to palm the tops of your poles while going downhill.
P.S. +1 on the value of using the pole straps “the right way”….would NEVER get poles without the strap.
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