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.
The new dual lock system is available on Pacerpole’s three-section carbon fiber poles. The upper lever lock between the upper and middle sections allows for smooth extension, collapse, and adjustments to personalize the shaft height. The lower lock between the middle and lower sections is pin-based and fixed length. Simply extend the lower section and it locks in place. Push in the pin with the side of your index finger to release it and collapse the section.
The Dual Lock poles have tungsten tips and removable keeper cords on the handles. They also come with snow baskets, summer baskets, and rubber tips which you can attach depending on your needs. They are also compatible with Pacerpole’s neoprene pogie system designed for cold weather hiking, which cover the hand grips with neoprene mitt and are very popular with winter hikers.
The new locking system is simply divine – an important improvement for hikers who’ve grown accustomed to the no-slip lever locks popularized by Black Diamond trekking poles. I put up with the old Pacerpole twist lock system because their poles were so useful despite it, but have switched to the new dual lock carbon fiber poles because they are so much more secure and reliable. It’s not that the twist locks didn’t work, but they required a lot of extra care that I can now dispense with by upgrading to the dual lock Pacerpoles.
I’ve written about the benefits of Pacerpoles quite extensively. See these posts for more information:
Here are the specs for the new Dual lock Pacerpoles:
- Price: 107 British Pounds (4 week money back guarantee) / ~$132.00, USD
- Package includes: mesh storage bag, two snow baskets, two rubber tips (summer baskets included on poles)
- Max length: 133 cm / 52.4 inches
- Min usable length: 97 cm / 38 inches
- Collapsed length: 65 cm / 25.6 inches
- Disassembled length: 56 cm / 22 inches
- Weight (without rubber tips): 570 grams / 20.1 ounces
Disclosure: Pacerpole provided the author with a sample pair of dual-lock poles but I wasn’t under any obligation to review them. I am extremely grateful that I tried their unique trekking poles several years ago, which helped transform my posture and cure a chronic leg injury, making it possible for me to go on extended backpacking trips. I’m happy to share my experiences with their products with other hikers because I think they’re brilliant and a great value. I won’t use any trekking poles except Pacerpoles. Pacerpole is a small cottage industry business located in the UK’s Lake District.