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Title: The "best" trekking pole for high ascents
Post by: Buddha on Oct 12 2004, 22:15
Which trekking pole is in your opinion the best one for use on mountains?

I would love to hear some info...
Title: Re: The "best" trekking pole for high ascents
Post by: Daisy on Oct 12 2004, 22:33
Speaking as someone with a sore knee...I like the Leki makalu poles
Title: Re: The "best" trekking pole for high ascents
Post by: Ron on Oct 12 2004, 22:57
I ve got experiance with Leki, Komperdell and black diamond.
They are all good poles. i like the komperdell best. Most light and with a very long grip ( its runs for 25-30cm from the normal handhold down) for your hands so you can hold the pole lower on the mountain side and normal on the valley side when walking. Or when negotiating difficult terrean.
Title: Re: The "best" trekking pole for high ascents
Post by: Buddha on Oct 12 2004, 23:37
The first ones I looked at was Black Diamond Expedition Pole, but it's quite heavy, 630 grams. The second one was Leki Absorber at 400 grams.
I haven't looked at all at Komperdell but I know that a place in town sells them. You said that the Komperdell Vest was best?
Title: Re: The "best" trekking pole for high ascents
Post by: Ron on Oct 12 2004, 23:43
Best...made a typo hehe 8)
Title: Re: The "best" trekking pole for high ascents
Post by: Buddha on Oct 12 2004, 23:52
Ahh, ok... So which Komperdell do you prefer?
Title: Re: The "best" trekking pole for high ascents
Post by: Ron on Oct 13 2004, 00:30
Eh I duno what type i have...titanal super light or something
Title: Re: The "best" trekking pole for high ascents
Post by: MikeW on Oct 13 2004, 01:32
Hi Buddha!

I've got the Black Diamond Expedition poles and they are great, very tough for ski touring and expedition abuse. The 3 sections is a great feature when you packed your poles in a bag or in your backpack. The flicklock system is the best system for poles in my opinion.

MikeW
Title: Re: The "best" trekking pole for high ascents
Post by: 7summits on Oct 13 2004, 14:12
Hi Buddha!

I've got the Black Diamond Expedition poles and they are great, very tough for ski touring and expedition abuse. The 3 sections is a great feature when you packed your poles in a bag or in your backpack. The flicklock system is the best system for poles in my opinion.

MikeW
Hi there,

I use BD as well, though I am not sure it is the expedition.
It was the lightest one available, 3 pieces, 1 flicklock (great, even with mittens on) and one little click in place fixed lock to get the bottom part in/out and fixed.
That bottom fix messed up once but was replaced by BD without questions asked, think it was moist from crossing rivers.

Noticed that the expedition poles have 2 flicklock systems which is better.

Sometimes manufacturers give weights per pair, sometimes per pole, so beware when comparing.. BD are 600g/pair, think Leki is 300-400 per pole.
Title: Re: The "best" trekking pole for high ascents
Post by: Ron on Oct 14 2004, 03:05
I have a BD pole with a Ice axe pick on the top.   great feature as i walk with pole's almost till 30 degrees steepniss
Title: Re: The "best" trekking pole for high ascents
Post by: Buddha on Oct 14 2004, 03:35
I've seen that on pics and in catalogs.. Is it really good?
Title: Re: The "best" trekking pole for high ascents
Post by: Ron on Oct 14 2004, 04:37
dunno lol...when i needed then handy i let them in a higher camp...never actually had to self arrest with them..but they look like they can do the job.