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  • #566611
    AKluvin
    13 Posts

    Im realy startin to get frustrated with the twisty kind of poles. I’ve now gone through a few pairs and know of a few other people who have had similar problems.

    I’m thinkin of goin with the little lever lock kind next time, anyone got any info for me on this one? Good companys, break down size, weights, durability ect.

    #581371
    SmokinFatBob
    76 Posts

    Black Diamond Expedition poles.

    http://www.bdel.com/gear/fl_expedition.php

    Lightweight, they collapse down nice and small (57cm), have threaded baskets, and the flicklocks are much better than the twist locks on my previous set of poles. The website says usable to 125cm but I’ve used them up to 135cm without any problems (they are marked to 140cm)..

    Highly recommended!

    #581372
    jared
    56 Posts

    Hey AKLuvin. I had the sticking, bending, and not locking probs til I spent a bit of extra dough on the leki makalu. The titanium poles are more flexible than aluminum & the locking mechanism is more reliable than my dakines or rei summit poles i used previously. They are super light, 1/2 pound each and my only complaint is that they seemed about 10cm too short during the last big dump we had (they only are 130cm long max). How’s spring treating you down south? Knee to shin deep north steeps today at Hatcher pass, oh my!

    #581373
    affix snow
    521 Posts

    Black Diamond Expedition…..nuff said.

    #581374
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    @affix snow wrote:

    Black Diamond Expedition…..nuff said.

    word

    #581375
    sweetlou270
    44 Posts

    @bcrider wrote:

    @affix snow wrote:

    Black Diamond Expedition…..nuff said.

    word

    ditto

    #581376
    Arash
    27 Posts

    @affix snow wrote:

    Black Diamond Expedition…..nuff said.

    I concur. 🙂

    #581377
    bdub
    40 Posts

    lets see i have the (old) leki makalu’s… which i hate
    i like the bd expeditions, which i also have, but have had a number of problems with the flicklocks blowing out. this summer in china and again at the start of this season, so i have thrown those in the back of the closet.
    picked up a pair of the green bd poles (no idea what they are called) they shrink down nice, but have a press tab that is a pain to activate when it is really cold out. plus they have already been bent, but that’s what REI is for right.

    so as it stands…i have three pairs of trekking poles 😯
    all of them have problems of some sort for what we do,
    the expeditions are reasonably priced and work… until they don’t.
    i would get a pair of expeditions and pick up a couple (correctly sized) flicklocks for about $7 at AMH and that should treat you just fine.
    cheers

    #581378
    AKluvin
    13 Posts

    Thanks a lot for the info evenyone.

    Sounds like the expeditions are the way to go. I curently have a pair of the Makalu’s that are the problem child, somehow the little piece that runs up and down the skrew got threadad down to far and striped out, making not possible for it to come back up and spread the tightiner deal.

    REI, here I come.

    #581379
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    I love my Life Link Approach poles. Only two sections, so very easy to collapse, get just small enough to put on the pack, and just long enough to be useful poling through the flats. Yes they are twist locks-but have been reliable for years, and the new versions (I think they are called guides) are 14 oz. per pair. I did break a tip on one pole once (torqued it in a rock while descending scree) and Life Link replaced the lower shaft no questions asked-I believe any pole would have broken under that load.

    #581380
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    I love my Life Link Approach poles. Only two sections, so very easy to collapse, get just small enough to put on the pack, and just long enough to be useful poling through the flats. Yes they are twist locks-but have been reliable for years, and the new versions (I think they are called guides) are 14 oz. per pair. I did break a tip on one pole once (torqued it in a rock while descending scree) and Life Link replaced the lower shaft no questions asked-I believe any pole would have broken under that load.

    #581381
    split
    7 Posts

    Flicklocks are the way to go. I have a pair of Leki’s that I converted to flicklock. You can buy the flicklock mechanism and cut a small slot in the poles with a hacksaw. I have been using these for 3 years now with no problems. If anyone is interested I can try to provide more details.

    #581382
    AKluvin
    13 Posts

    That sounds sweet! hook us up with info and mabey we can put those old poles back in action.

    #581383
    jared
    56 Posts

    Those old poles work great for voile snow saw extensions!

    #581384
    Yoda
    264 Posts

    I have had really good perfomance from the new Leki AirErgo 3 ELS… no slippage, packs small, extended grip for traversing! Check them out @ http://www.leki.com/html/ski_backcountry_2061.asp & http://www.leki.com/html/trek_els.asp

    #581385
    jared
    56 Posts

    The new Leki Makalus are as sheeet as the old ones, the lock/unlocking mechism didn’t survive the summer glacier sessions. How ’bout that flick converter tutorial you offered, SPLIT?

    #581386
    jared
    56 Posts

    The new Leki Makalus are as crappy as the old or cheap ones, the lock/unlocking mechism didn’t survive the summertime glacier sessions. How ’bout that flicklock converter tutorial you offered, SPLIT?

    #581387
    jared
    56 Posts

    The new Leki Makalus are as crappy as the old or cheap ones, the lock/unlocking mechism didn’t survive the summertime glacier sessions. How ’bout that flicklock converter tutorial you offered, SPLIT?

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