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 Post subject: Touring Poles question
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:29 pm 
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I've been using these cheap hiking poles, what do you guys suggest???


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 Post subject: Re: Touring Poles question
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 1:49 pm 
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Black Diamond Expedition 3 pc poles with flick locks, they are bomber

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 Post subject: Re: Touring Poles question
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stein wrote:
Black Diamond Expedition 3 pc poles with flick locks, they are bomber


These are the best option.

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 Post subject: Re: Touring Poles question
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:34 pm 
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firstlight wrote:
These are the best option.

BD Expeditions are kind of par. . . unless you are into gnar. Then dual Whippets are.


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 Post subject: Re: Touring Poles question
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HansGLudwig wrote:
firstlight wrote:
These are the best option.

BD Expeditions are kind of par. . . unless you are into gnar. Then dual Whippets are.


ohh
And they are good for opening Summit beers tooo!
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P.S. I'm a dual whippet kind of guys too!

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 Post subject: Re: Touring Poles question
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:03 pm 
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i much prefer BD's collapsable Compactor poles, can stash em inside the pack for the down...
some folks like to keep em more handy but i like hands free.
the 3 pc expeditions aren't that bomber, if they get bent just a bit (they will) then they won't go short and ya may as well have 2 piece poles... or whatever.
Axe for gnar in my world.

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 Post subject: Re: Touring Poles question
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:07 pm 
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One BD whippet and one BD Expedition pole for me. The other Expedition pole has been re purposed to make my Whippet a 3 piece pole. If I'm getting gnar then there's an ax strapped to the pack until I need it (preferably slightly earlier, usually slightly later). I also really like glacier slogging with a Whippet in the downhill hand and a regular ax in the uphill hand.

If I wasn't such a big fan of the Whippet I'd be on light carbon fiber poles.

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 Post subject: Re: Touring Poles question
PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:42 am 
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karkis wrote:
i much prefer BD's collapsable Compactor poles, can stash em inside the pack for the down...
some folks like to keep em more handy but i like hands free.
the 3 pc expeditions aren't that bomber, if they get bent just a bit (they will) then they won't go short and ya may as well have 2 piece poles... or whatever.
Axe for gnar in my world.


Everyone I tour with has problems with the compact poles .
They pack away nice but hard to fix if they have problems.

Saying that my wife uses them and instead of the expeditions.

Personal preference

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 Post subject: Re: Touring Poles question
PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:30 am 
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Jason4 wrote:
One BD whippet and one BD Expedition pole for me. The other Expedition pole has been re purposed to make my Whippet a 3 piece pole. If I'm getting gnar then there's an ax strapped to the pack until I need it (preferably slightly earlier, usually slightly later). I also really like glacier slogging with a Whippet in the downhill hand and a regular ax in the uphill hand.

If I wasn't such a big fan of the Whippet I'd be on light carbon fiber poles.


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 Post subject: Re: Touring Poles question
PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:49 am 
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Jason4 wrote:
...I'd be on light carbon fiber poles.

...which interestingly aren't lighter usually.

Cf.
http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/tre ... ml#start=1
http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/tre ... 0ALL1.html

I'm using BD 3 piece poles as well, highly recommendable.


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 Post subject: Re: Touring Poles question
PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:28 am 
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black diamond elliptic contour

These are bomber!!! They have the ergo handles angled at 15 degrees give or take, flick locks, and elliptical shafts for added strength.

Doesn't look like they make them anymore though.

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 Post subject: Re: Touring Poles question
PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:55 pm 
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FloImSchnee wrote:
Jason4 wrote:
...I'd be on light carbon fiber poles.

...which interestingly aren't lighter usually.

Cf.
http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/tre ... ml#start=1
http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/tre ... 0ALL1.html

I'm using BD 3 piece poles as well, highly recommendable.


The carbon compactor poles are lighter then the aluminum due to not having the adjustable shaft on the grip segment. I've had issues with the aluminum. Keeping on top of water and spraying a bit of lubricant to displace the h20 helps. I scored a carbon pair on sale last spring and hoping the oxidation of the aluminum won't be an issue.


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 Post subject: Re: Touring Poles question
PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:08 pm 
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I have a history of bending polls so telescoping poles are not my favorite. I use the BD compactor. I still strap it to the outside of my pack so I wish it came in a two section but other than that no complaints.

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