Trekking Pole Reviews

Pacerpole Dual Lock Trekking Poles

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Pacerpole Trekking Poles are available with a lever lock and pin (dual lock) system in addition to the twist-lock system available previously. I’m a huge fan of Pacerpoles, which have a unique angled pistol-style grip that eliminates wrist fatigue and force you to hike with a more erect and energy-efficient posture. The …

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Fizan Compact Trekking Poles Review

Fizan Compact Trekking Poles

Fizan Compact Trekking Poles are 3-piece lightweight, 7001 aluminum trekking poles that adjust with a twist-lock mechanism. Fizan claims that they’re the lightest aluminum trekking poles in the world, with a weight of just 158 grams per pole. The Compact poles have carbide tips and come with three different sized …

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Pacerpole “Posture Poles”

Pacerpoles on the Maine Appalachian Trail

I use trekking poles  made by a British company called Pacerpole that have a unique hand grip which is tilted at a 45 degree angle instead of the vertical cross-country-style ski pole grip you find on other trekking poles. Pacerpoles are very popular in the UK and Europe, particularly among long distance …

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Pacerpole-Over-Mitts Review

Pacerpole-Over-Mitts in Action

I’ve been hiking with a special type of trekking pole for the past few years called Pacerpoles, which have a distinctive diagonal grip that’s quite different from the standard vertical grip ski poles that most other hikers use. Pacerpoles are made in the UK and have a very devoted following …

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Gossamer Gear LT 4 Carbon Fiber Hiking Poles

Gossamer Gear LT4 Carbon Fiber Tekking Poles (right)

Gossamer Gear’s LT 4 Carbon Fiber trekking poles are adjustable length carbon fiber poles. They’re unlike most commercial trekking poles because they’re so lightweight, just 6.8 oz / pair, and they don’t have hand straps. They are adjustable to 140 cm in length (longer than most mainstream poles), and come with EVA …

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Breaking in Carbon Fiber Hiking Poles

Carbon fiber trekking poles

I’ve been using ultralight (sub 8 oz) carbon fiber hiking poles this year from Gossamer Gear and Backpackinglight.com. Hiking with them is a fantastic experience. They’re incredibly lightweight and easy to reposition with a flick of the wrist, greatly reducing arm fatigue. However, I’ve snapped 4 strapless ultralight carbon fiber …

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Black Diamond Trail Hiking Poles

About 3 months ago, I lost my favorite hiking poles and had to replace them. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my old poles anymore. I got them a few years ago at Sierra Trading Post and I don’t think they’re available in this country. My old poles were 130cm, 1-piece carbon …

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