Walking poles

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  1. j_mcrane

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    If you are using walking poles on your treks, what make/models do you use? I’m looking for a new set and looking for light weight recommendations.

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    REI Traverse. They've been very helpful for years.

    Marlene
     
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    Awesome thanks. I’ll go back and read the previous threads.
     
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    I use Leki brand. I believe it’s the “Corklite” model. Cork handles, with their speed locks. I don’t personally care for the twist locks that some use. Like these a lot and have not had a single issue over the number of years I’ve been using them.
     
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    I only use 1, but right now just using a Cascade Mountain Trek. I'm eyeballing a Leki Sierra Speedlock Walking Staff.
     
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    CNOC and Black Diamond ergo carbon. The CNOC are a “Z” style pole folding up really small and are very affordable.

    I should point out that I use my trekking poles for the Tarptent also.
     
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    Massdrop Fizan hiking poles
     
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    Black Diamond with quick locks. Mine were about $60 I think. 5 years of service so far with no problems.
     
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    Stick. A Beaver had harvested it, I retrieved it from a small creek and smoothed off the branch nubs. It's been priceless for years, and free to boot.

    Cons, it doesn't collapse well, or easily clip to other gear when not in use. The only easy way to carry it is in hand and fully extended.

    Works great as a monopod, just add an Ultrapod camera accessory. Also can be used as selfie stick.
     
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    825B205E-C087-42E8-B099-FF84EDA5F9BE.jpeg 3/4” oak dowels. Love these sticks. Doc.
     
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    I do not think you can go wrong with any trekking pole. I have used Leki twisted lock trekking poles since late 90s, thousands of miles of hiking through the US and a month trekking trip to Argentina and Chile. Never had a problem with them. My most recent trek I took my Black Diamond carbon ski poles as they where lighter in weight and quieter since they do not have the shock absorbing feature.
     
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    Trekking poles - Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork with Flik-Loks
     
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    Black Diamond. Forget which model, but aluminum w/cork. No issues.

    Fun fact: Black Diamond is owned by Clarus, a holding company that also owns Sierra Bullets.
     
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    I use Komperdell. They're from Austria. I like them and have had no issues with them at all. I use them hiking and as poles with my ultra light tent.
     
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    Black Diamond Alpine with cork grip s for me as well. They aren't the lightest, but very sturdy and strong.
    Greg
     
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    +1. light enough, and tough
     
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    Walking known areas ,particularly around the house I just walk with an old ski pole ,i has a sharp point and great for walking on the highway or dirt roads dealing with rogue dogs around here. However where the terrain is an unknown I prefer to hike with a staff because the way can become treacherous , and a good long strong pole can be a much better defense against predators .( if you know how to use it). regular tracking poles lack the body/strength to do mush more than moderate stabilization while walking .
    Also I like the idea of having something I can attach a blade to a prepared end for a spear , or use the pole as an extension for mounting my saw . Most of what I bring has more than one function .
     
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    how are the CNOC holding up? do you like them?
     
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    I prefer the Black Diamond personally, but the CNOC are great at their current price point. There is a bit of flex at each joint in the CNOCK that I don’t care for. My brother in law doesn’t mind it at all and he carries the carbon CNOC poles. For me, I prefer the flick lock on the BD. They are super ridgid once dialed in.
     
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    I use an aspen sapling about 1.5" in diameter. It will be about 1 1/4" when dry. Harvest and peel and let it dry for a couple weeks. They last me for years and are very light weight. The trick is looking over many to find one relatively straight.
     
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