I am doing NW since 4 years to keep healthy. Since 3 years I am only using LEKI products because of the superior quality in poles and related accessories. My NW poles Vario Speed pacer Carbon, semi-adjustable with the quick release button have been my favorite poles since. A year ago I bought Traveller Carbon because I travel a lot between US and Germany. These extreme lightweight unbreakable teleskopic poles have been design to fit into the luggage. With the new poles the CorTec shark system was introduce to me, the straps hang onto the poles with a thin nylon loop going into a shark mouth type latching system. After a few hours of using them I found out that they cause irritation to the part between thumb and pointer finger because of the small gap between straps and pole grip. Since I hate to wear gloves in our summer time I tried to reduce this flaw by pulling a bike used foam tube upon the grip to reduce the gap. It's working but the easy move to get hooked and latched has been gone. I think the old system with the stiff plastic part was better. Therefore I can only assign 4 stars to this otherwise superior product.
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