Locking mechanism us a problem

Reviewed by Snowman from Detroit on Monday, July 31, 2017
I have another pair of Komperdel sticks. They screw-tight locking mechanism and I have to occasionally adjust them during a hike because the pole length tends to slightly collapse. But not so much that I wouldn't consider another pair. They are quite serviceable.

So, I bought these new carbon sticks with the "power-lock" mechanism from STP several months ago. I took them out of the box and put them right in my bag for a backpacking trip unsuspecting that there might possibly be a problem. As I prepared to start my trek, I adjusted the poles to a proper length and locked them. I took two steps using the poles and one collapsed; then the other. I finally figured out that the screw on the power locking mechanism needed to be fully tightened for the poles to be functional. Barely. Even tightened to the extreme, any significant pressure on a hard surface and the bottom leg of the pole would fully collapse. And even fully collapsed for packing, the bottom leg extends and collapses freely. I can't see how they can be fixed.

Another problem, not for me (at 5' 9"), but for a 6+ footer is that the poles are rather short. My son noticed that they would be too short for him.

They are, indeed, light.
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