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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 plastic baskets, …

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Cascade Mountain Tech Cork Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles Review

Cascade Mountain Tech's Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles are ultralight three section flick-lock poles priced under $50.

Cascade Mountain Tech’s Cork Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles are three-section, carbon fiber trekking poles that weigh just 15.4 ounces per pair. Priced at less than half of what Black Diamond or Leki carbon fiber poles cost, they’re an exceptional value if you’re looking for a lever-lock (also called quick-lock or flick-lock) style …

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Pacerpole Dual Lock Trekking Poles

Pacerpole Dual Lock trekking poles are three section, adjustable carbon fiber hiking poles with a top lever lock.

Pacerpole Trekking Poles are now 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. …

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Trekking Poles: Pros and Cons

Bending Forward Over Trekking Poles Wastes Energy

I’m a big fan of trekking poles for hiking because they help reduce the strain on my knees when I walk downhill, they improve my balance when I’m hiking over rough ground or crossing streams, and they are useful for establishing a good walking rhythm when synchronized with your arms. But …

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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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Do You Use Trekking Pole Straps?

The First Thing I do is Cut the Straps Off

Whenever I get a new pair of trekking poles, the first thing I do is to cut off the straps. I don’t like them. And while I use trekking poles religiously, I don’t like the feeling of having my hand trapped in a strap if I fall because it’s a …

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MSR SureLock TR-3 Trekking Poles

MSR Surelock TR-3 Trekking Poles

MSR Surelock TR-3 Trekking Poles are lightweight aluminum trekking and snowshoeing poles with a unique trigger-release mechanism that makes them easy to adjust without stopping or taking off your gloves in winter. This is useful for people who are hiking, trail-running, or skiing, over terrain with rapid elevation changes with …

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