The Featherlite Carbon trekking poles are new from Komperdell and fall in their Alpine line of using the same grips found on their top-rated C3 Duolock adjustable poles. Add light and stiff carbon fixed-length shafts and ultralight Alpine press-fit tips and you’ve got a 4.3 ounce (bpl measured-120cm length) fixed length trekking pole.
These poles (due out in Winter, 2006) are not the lightest fixed-length carbon poles on the market; the Gossamer Gear Lightrek, and Titanium Goat poles, Bozeman Mountain Works STIX PRO, have them beat by over an ounce. However, they beat each pole in one way or another:
- Much stiffer than the Gossamer Gear Lightrek poles and with straps
- More finished than the Titanium Goat poles- contoured grips with straps and better tips
- A full $180 cheaper than the STIX PRO poles
The Komperdell Featherlite Carbon poles are the first fixed-length carbon poles with contoured grips and straps that are in the same ballpark as the custom poles listed above- and at a great price. We can’t wait to get these out in the field!
The ultralight Alpine tips feature carbide tips, a locking mechanism for press-fit baskets, and little else.
Features and Specifications
- Available Winter, 206
- Comes in 110-135 cm lengths (in 5 cm increments)
- 4.3 ounces per pole (120 cm length without baskets)
- Carbide flextip
- Technically an alpine ski pole but perfect for backpacking
- Approximately $100
Komperdell’s Clemens Kopal showing off the upcoming Komperdell Bamboo poles. While they have classic looks, they’re actually modern carbon fiber poles with a natural bamboo overlay, leather grips with EVA foam underneath, and fur-lines straps.
For those looking for the most distinguished poles around, check out the Komperdell Bamboo fixed-length poles. Starting with the carbon fiber shafts found on the Featherlite poles, they add a natural bamboo finish and a leather grip and strap. The result is a pole that is as stiff and vibration-damping as a modern carbon fiber pole but in a look that is distinctly classic.
Bamboo models will include laquered bamboo finish with black leather grip and leather strap (left) and natural finish with brown leather grip and fur-lined strap (right).
Available in Winter 2007 (yes- over a year away), the Bamboo poles may be available in two finishes- one in a natural bamboo finish with a brown leather grip and a fur-lined strap, and the other in a lacquered bamboo finish with black leather grips and matching leather straps.
The adjustable Bamboo pole will have a carbon/bamboo top section with lower sections from the top-rated Komperdell C3.
At 6.4 ounces for the 125 cm length and 6.5 ounces for the 135 cm length (bpl measured), these will not be the lightest poles around. However, they certainly have the most class and will have a reasonable price of approximately $110. They will be available in 110-135cm lengths.
An adjustable model is also in the works that uses the bamboo-coated carbon fiber for the upper section and standard C3 Duolock carbon sections for the lowers.