Verified Buyer Reviewed by AZ_Hiker from Flagstaff on Monday, December 4, 2017
I bought these because I lost my recently STP purchased Komperdell Trekmaster Anti-Shock Trekking Poles. The Trekmasters were decent poles, and actually weighed .6 oz less than these and were priced at $40 less. They also had anti-shock, twist type locking mechanism, which worked fine. Compared to an ancient pair of Komperdell poles purchased in the early 2000s, the twist-lock on the Trekmasters seemed a little cheaper looking and didn't have the knurled surface at the grip points for twisting. Not a major big deal, and I would have kept them and been happy had they not been irretrievably lost. On the ancient pair of twist-lock poles, the twist lock mechanism eventually failed and so I decided to get the Carbon PowerLock poles to replace the Trekmaster in the hopes that they would last longer than the original twist-locks did. Also, carbon fiber seemed cool and trendy and I wanted everybody to know how cool I was for having them (LOL, just kidding). Anyhow, as mentioned in other reviews, I needed to tighten the PowerLock mechanism on my new Carbon poles to ensure a nice tight lock. Easy enough with a flat or phillips tip or other suitable implement. However, if you need anti-shock and want to spend less and aren't picky about status symbols, I would recommend the Trekmaster just as heartily. One thing that I noticed on both the Trekmasters and the Carbon poles is that the EVA hand grip is a little sweaty for me, and I would probably prefer a solid rubber or cork for breatheability on long hikes or hot weather. Nice poles, highly recommended. As always, YMMV!