You live, you learn
Reviewed by Adam from Jackson Heights, NY on Friday, January 24, 2014
Since I'm unable to update prior reviews, this will have to suffice. I've owned these poles for about a season, now. I've only got one left, actually. Last week, at Harriman State Park in lower New York state, I rendered one of them useless. Well, not useless, but impractical; the lower twist-lock would no longer loosen, thus I couldn't collapse it anymore. I'll note that the Ramapo Mountains, where HSP is located, are the little brothers and sister to the Catskills, and cousins to the Adirondacks -- piles of granite. Being that I primarily use mass transit from and back to a big city, I don't think LEO's would approve of a scruffy looking guy walking around with a pointed metal stick about the length of a sword. Besides, it would also have stuck dangerously above my pack. To be honest, they performed well for the several trips I used them. It was the first real test with a winter pack, (~35 lbs with food and water.) Add to that, I hadn't been out in a while, so I really relied on the poles to bear weight. Giving credit where due, they didn't 'break,' per se; they just became impractical for me to use any longer. I'll use the one I got for what these budget-level hiking poles are good for -- providing a balance-check on day hikes over easy to moderate terrain.
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