Reviewed by k from Pleasanton, CA on Saturday, April 14, 2012
Let's start this off by saying that I am a man. A rather short man. 5'8" my license says. About 160lbs.
Right after I got these, I went on a ~20 mile hike and loved these. They are light. Very much so. ~210g per pole. Everyone I gave these to were surprised by how light they were. I was a little ap...
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Reviewed by John Shannon from Dallas, Texas on Friday, May 20, 2016
The bottom portion of these poles suggest that part is aluminum since scuff marks are shiny underneath. Also, when you take the lower section out and see the cross section, it appears metallic and crimp imprints that could not be done with carbon fiber. I am very disappointed in this being advertised as pure carbon.
Reviewed by old fart walker from eastern Washington on Thursday, October 15, 2015
I bought a pair of these this summer, to replace my 12-year old aluminum twist-lock, anti-shock, cork-handled Komperdell poles, which are sort of wearing out (after a LOT of use). I thought the lighter weight might be useful. What I soon discovered was the lighter weight, combined with the lack of anti-shock mechanism, made them slightly flexible and vibration-prone. Now I find myself using my old poles anyway, because it turns out the anti-shock feature is more important than I realized, as is the more rigid quality. The old ones don't vibrate. I also like cork better than "foam"; it's not as hot and slimy. Not sure I can return these and replace them with another pair of the old style or not, since I bought them about three months ago.
Reviewed by RiverArtRat from Isle Royale on Thursday, September 10, 2015
I'd never used trekking poles before, so wasn't sure I'd need or like them. I can't say I absolutely needed them, but they sure helped on up- and down-hill hiking, and to push back wet or thorny vegetation. I really appreciate their lighter weight (why carry extra pole length that you won't use?) and smaller grip. I thought the clamp locks would catch on vegetation, so was pleasantly surprised that this didn't happen very often. Haven't used them in cold weather, so haven't yet appreciated the ability to change pole length with mittens on. And the grips are soft enough that I didn't need gloves; and worked well even when my hands were very sweaty. My pair were missing one basket when they arrived, but a call to STP, and the missing basket showed up in a couple days - before my trip! Thanks, y'all!
Reviewed by Christina from Missouri on Thursday, July 23, 2015
I liked the idea of a pole made for women (and thus the lighter weight). I am 5'7" and figured these poles would be fine as I'm an average height woman, however after reading/watching videos on sizing etc. when I got these poles I extended them to their farthest length and found that my arm was barely at a right angle when standing on level ground. So, there was no more length left if I wanted to extend them longer when going down steep terrain. Also, I found the grip which is specifically made for women/small hands to be a little small for my liking (I don't have huge hands but have larger than average hands for a woman). The only reason I dropped a star, was because I believe if they are marketed for women they should have fit an average height woman.
Overall, however I really liked the power lock system these have over the twist and lock of others. I also liked the fact that they weren't in an obnoxious color, although when extended there was a little more blue on them than in the photos. I will be returning them and ordering the men's equivalent.
Reviewed by Fernando from Chile on Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Hi. I bought this product for my sister. She said they're superlight, easy to handle and It qickly lets's an natural use. Very good resistance and flexibility. Their shafts are anatomical and have good grip. The design is sober and elegant. she's very happy and she assures that it's a wonderfull product.
Thanks for your good service Sierra Trading Post.
You could actually use these for skiing but the real reason may be so they do not sink in to far on softer dirt hikes.
Answered on 5/24/2015 1:56:03 PM by Johnwyo from Jackson, WY
The baskets keep the poles from sinking in to surfaces like sand or possibly some types of snowfall. Please contact customer service to inquire about a replacement basket. You can contact customer service via 24/7 online chat, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 1-800-713-4534
Answered on 5/26/2015 10:19:17 AM by Product Specialist Greg from Company Headquarters
These do not have the shock absortion function. Unfortunately we are currently out of this item, but we suggest signing up for the My Updates as the best way to monitor incoming products. You will receive email notifications of our newest stock items. You can also access the "New Items" section of our website at anytime. (A link to the "New Items" section is located on our homepage under the "Search Index.") New Items are all products that have arrived within the last 21 days.|http://www.sierratradingpost.com/DeptNewItems.aspx|http://www.sierratradingpost.com/myupdates/myupdatesmanagement.aspx
Answered on 12/6/2010 12:00:00 AM by Customer Care from Sierra Trading Post
No. I considered shock-absorbent, but decided to go for really lightweight, to decrease burden on my knees.
Answered on 8/25/2011 12:00:00 AM by Happy in the mountains from Boulder, CO
No, they are not shock absorbing.
Answered on 4/14/2012 12:00:00 AM by k from Pleasanton, CA
1) "Women-specific design" means that the circumference of the grip is smaller and the length of the grip is shorter to accommodate a woman's smaller hand. When the circumference is too large, it is difficult to grip and results in fatigue, cramping and ineffective gripping.||2) I have no idea. Carbon in general is very strong and extremely light-weight.||3) Anti-shock poles have a spring system built in that absorbs some of the shock created when the poles hit the ground. This shock is not transfered to the body and makes hiking more comfortable. That being said, I have also found that carbon poles without anti-shock, also have less shock to the body for some reason. It may be because they have less weight and hit the ground with less force.
Answered on 3/3/2011 12:00:00 AM by Bunny the canoeist from Brooklyn, NY