Good basic poles - makes you wonder what you're paying so much more for
Reviewed by scope from Ga on Monday, May 30, 2016
I'd give them a 4 simply because their not perfect, but for less than the std STP price of $24, you really can't go wrong here. Bought these intending for my boy to use and first try in my hand was a little heavy. Note that I was using very light BD poles before. Tested them out on Cheoah Bald this weekend and they performed very well, and never noticed the extra weight. Little bit of vibration that is really just something I noticed rather than an annoyance. There is a little anti-shock spring that you don't feel along the way, but I'm sure helps more than it seems. Just awesome at this price point. I was going to replace my locked up BD Alpine's with a cheaper Leki, but may well get another pair for myself. I think the only negative thing I can say is about twist poles in general... when stopping for the day to setup camp, I was very sweaty and could not operate the twist lock to extend them for my tarp - or not immediately anyway, I just needed to cool down some and towel off. If I were on the trail and didn't have time to wait to cool down before I could adjust them, would be an issue, but then I'm pretty much set and forget when I'm hiking. Haven't run into terrain yet where I had to alter the length of the poles mid-hike.
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