I’ve always had problems with trekking poles that have an internal locking mechanism because I could never figure out how to fix them when they started to slip. It got so bad, that I gave up on them for many years and only used poles with external flicks locks like Black Diamond’s Trail Poles.
But two years ago, I went back to a trekking pole with an internal locking mechanism because I really like the handgrip they use (see Pacer Poles). I’ve really beaten on a pair of these since then and the locking mechanism started to fail this summer. Short of buying a new pair, I wasn’t sure whether I could fix them or not.
Until I watched this video. This is the first coherent explanation I’ve ever seen of how to fix a trekking pole with an internal locking mechanism and it helped me fix mine – which just needed to be cleaned. Buenisimo!SectionHiker is reader-supported. We independently research, test, and rate the best products. We only make money if you purchase a product through our affiliate links. Help us continue to test and write unsponsored and independent gear reviews, beginner FAQs, and free hiking guides.