- 6061 Series Aluminum
- 2" high
- 5" wide
- Trekking Poles ideal for Backpacking and Hiking
- Textured cork and EVA foam handle adds all-weather grip and comfort
- Internal anti-shock spring technology
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Grab a pair and you wont ever be rocked by the downhill. With a pair of these anti-shock trekking poles, even the steepest descent doesnt pose a threat to your knees. An extended foam grip helps you adjust to changing terrain while an all-weather grip makes it easy to fly down the trail in rain or shine.
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 27.2 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00IE19ZKI
- Date first available at Amazon.com: February 12, 2014
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I've never owned a different set of poles, so this is my first set. I relied on product reviews and a variety of research out there before making a decision. Despite buying into the "idea" of trekking poles, I was still looking for something inexpensive to test out before deciding if poles would be a permanent part of my gear list. In short, yes, you should have a set, and this is a great entry-level option.
I've taken out on 3 multi-day excursions with no issues. Big fan of the suspension system that gives when pressure is applied. I didn't think it would make as big an impact, but this is a nice feature. Locking mechanism is simple and structurally sound thus far. I'll update this review should anything change there. The straps are sturdy and hold well even when I put significant weight on them. Adjusting is super simple too.
While I'm still a trekking pole novice I just don't see why you'd need a higher priced trekking pole than this for general backpacking. When I did my research I found very little difference spec-wise between the Kelty and top-of-the-line poles, though the real high-end ones seem to opt for an interlocking "tent-pole" system vs. slide/lock mechanism...partly for durability and partly for decreased packing size/weight. I can see these malfunctioning with more use or if they get real muddy, whereas the interlocking pole will never malfunction. So if that matters to you then feel free to drop an EXTRA $100 or more for a Black Diamond or Leki set.
NOTE: this product comes with end-caps and baskets (the flared circular plastic piece near the bottom). I don't recall seeing this mentioned on the original product description or in reviews I read, so I had purchased another set with it which I quickly returned (was only a few bucks extra, but still a waste). I don't even bring the end caps with me since the metal tips are preferred and seem least likely to slide when I need traction. I also don't leave the baskets on there since it becomes a pain to attach/remove from my pack. Unless you're trekking through muddy or snowy terrain I don't see much of a use...perhaps there's utility when wading through a river or stream to ensure the pole doesn't slip through rocks or dirt causing a tumble.