Trekking poles

Discussion in 'Gear & Footwear' started by Woodsman, Apr 12, 2015.

  1. Woodsman

    Woodsman Barefooters
    1. New Jersey

    Jan 13, 2012
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    Can anyone recommend some trekking poles. I have a big hike coming up in the Smokies. It's been a while since I've done a hike of this caliber and I may have aged a bit. I have never used trekking poles before, but I thought they would be a good idea since I'll be covering a lot of ground is a relatively short time and I'll also be flying solo for the most part.

  2. DNEchris

    DNEchris Barefooters
    1. New York

    Jun 25, 2010
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    Check out the offerings from Leki or Black Diamond. Both will have something to suit your needs.
    The Z-poles from BD, or their Leki equivalent, are very popular now.
  3. Tristan

    Tristan Barefooters
    1. Ohio

    Sep 15, 2011
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    Its been a few years and hiking gear changes yearly with the new years models :rolleyes: so not sure what the current offerings are. But maybe around 3 years ago I upgraded from cheapies (even used ski poles for many years, and they worked fine). I shopped the sales at Sunny Sports .com I think it was and got a great deal on Black Diamond carbon cork alpine poles with speedlocks. I prefer the natural cork grips, and the speed or flick locks make adjusting easier. My trekking poles also are my tent poles which is another reason I upgraded to adjustable length ones. Very happy with them. They aren't ultralight carbon - many reports of those breaking in the field so I stuck with modest weight ones (1 lb 1.7 oz on my scale below). Still they were slightly lighter than aluminum at the time but probably stronger too. Mine had a second foam grip under the cork grip, for quick grip change when you go uphill instead of having to adjust the poles. I thought it would be unnecessary but found I did kind of like it, and not like a bit of foam adds much weight.


    Some (few) prefer the poles with anti-shock. Most I know seem to think its unnecessary or a gimmick. It adds weight, creates a vibration of sorts, and typically at least one of them will fail before long, then you just have a heavier regular pole. I just try not to slam them on the ground, no other anti-shock needed. Carbon itself has some shock absorbing properties anyhow. Just imho.

    Often steep and cheap (.com) has trekking poles too for deep discount, but I grow tired of waiting and constantly checking that website (its a one at a time kind of sale I guess).

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