Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Trekking Poles, Slate
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- Three telescoping aluminum sections.
- Anti-shock absorption system.
- Quick-twist locking mechanism.
- Easily removable, narrow profile baskets.
- Rubber boot tips.
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|Item Dimensions||2.5 x 4 x 27.75 inches|
|Item Weight||1.44 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1.47 pounds|
|Sport Type||Camping & Hiking|
Top Customer Reviews
Anyway, I had tried a cheap under-$20 pole, the Hikker, and it was fine. But my partner and I needed another pole, so I thought to take a small step up and get these Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pros as a pair. Each one is clearly sturdier than the Hikker, and I prefer the Mountainsmith's softer sling-like straps. Good cork handles, pretty easy to adjust the overall height. May seem dumb to say this, but the little measuring hash-marks painted on the shaft are kind of handy for nature photography, because I can drop the pole next to the plant or rock I want to shoot and have an instant visual scale right there.
I've been using the Mountainsmith a couple times a week on rocky, steep terrain in wilderness areas near our house, with no problem at all. Mostly I leave the basket off and the tungsten tip exposed. The other day, I was out hiking and up on a ridge, maybe a mile from my vehicle when it became clear some serious thunderstorms were rolling in. I had to move fast, mostly downhill -- and that single pole saved me from at least a dozen spills on the way down.
So my recommendation is if you've never used a hiking pole before and aren't sure you'll like them, go cheaper.Read more ›
The cork handles are durable and comfortable and the anti-shock system works but I could certainly live without them and save the weight. If you are looking to save money or are buying your first pair this is the way to go to get nice features for a low price. That being said there is a reason other poles cost $100 more than these, but you get what you pay for plus a little extra with these.
One thing I like best about backpacking with poles is it keeps your posture upright rather than hunched over with the weight of your pack. Typically I have bad back pain when backpacking however using trekking poles eliminated this so I am sold for life. I only bought the poles to hold up my tarp but they have lots of uses, from protecting you from rolling your ankle to testing the depth of water or if a muddy spot is too soft to cross.
They are easy to adjust, rock solid, sturdy, light weight, handsome poles.
The wrist strap length adjusters don't work very well, but the straps are very secure anyway.
The included rubber pads are holding up well. I should easily get >100 miles on a set of pads.
The twist lock system is the way to go.
Now for the customer service: About a year a go one of the baskets ripped. I contacted Mountainsmith to see if I could buy some baskets. Without hesitation they sent me a pair of new baskets for free. This was nice. Next, on my trek to Philmont one of my pole's lower section snapped about 75 miles into the 90+ mile journey. Just to be clear I am very rough on poles and these had been through a lot. I am not a small person. I thought for sure I was going to need to buy new poles when I got home. On the off chance they sold pole sections separately I contacted Mountainsmith to see if I could buy a replacement section. Again, without hesitation, I was sent the middle and bottom section replacements at no charge. I would have gladly paid but was never asked to do so. Truly outstanding. I own other things from Mountainsmith and have always been very satisfied.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Holy S^*^&*T these things are rated for light use? I took them on a Appalachian trail thru hike and they survived ( kinda). Read morePublished 4 months ago by etownninja
I give these poles only 2 stars because they are so hard to adjust. It a pain in the a## to get them to the right hight. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Laura
Have used them for a 5 day backpacking trip and so far so good. They have a tendency to loosen when real weight is put on them, but it could be I am being too careful about not... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Carolyn S. Epstein
My husband hikes and wanted a set of poles instead of just one. These are very stable and he is happy with them.Published on May 25, 2014 by Twinrocks
Like most of these things, they stop locking up & adjusting properly within the year. Cork grips start to fall apart. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by anne
I toke it for trekking in Nepal. It worked great. The inner spring let me feel no hard when I stayed the land.Published on February 4, 2014 by liuhuaming
I've had my carbon lites for about 7 years. I bought them for a hike in the Grand Canyon and have used them consistently for hiking, backpacking,snow shoeing ever since. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by T. Delsandro
Took these poles trekking in Nepal for 2.5 weeks. Worked great, light but still sturdy. Great purchase, especially great for the cost.Published on December 3, 2013 by David Thulson