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  • #580298
    Hairball
    7 Posts

    I’ve been using these cheap hiking poles, what do you guys suggest???

    #678267
    stein
    174 Posts

    Black Diamond Expedition 3 pc poles with flick locks, they are bomber

    #678268
    firstlight
    721 Posts

    @stein wrote:

    Black Diamond Expedition 3 pc poles with flick locks, they are bomber

    These are the best option.

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    #678269
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    @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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    #678270
    firstlight
    721 Posts

    @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!

    P.S. I’m a dual whippet kind of guys too!

    Adam West

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    #678271
    karkis
    270 Posts

    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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    #678272
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    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.

    #678273
    firstlight
    721 Posts

    @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

    Adam West

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    #678274
    96avs01
    875 Posts

    @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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    #678275
    FloImSchnee
    291 Posts

    @Jason4 wrote:

    …I’d be on light carbon fiber poles.

    …which interestingly aren’t lighter usually.

    Cf.
    http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/trekking-poles/alpine-carbon-cork-trekking-pole-BD1121410000ALL1.html#start=1
    http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/trekking-poles/trail-trekking-pole-BD1121540000ALL1.html

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

    #678276
    rughty
    620 Posts

    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.

    #678277
    chiller
    53 Posts

    @FloImSchnee wrote:

    @Jason4 wrote:

    …I’d be on light carbon fiber poles.

    …which interestingly aren’t lighter usually.

    Cf.
    http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/trekking-poles/alpine-carbon-cork-trekking-pole-BD1121410000ALL1.html#start=1
    http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/trekking-poles/trail-trekking-pole-BD1121540000ALL1.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.

    #678278
    peacefrog
    376 Posts

    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.

    #678279
    splitn2
    125 Posts

    My current setup is 1 x BD Exped 3 piece, 1 x BD Whippet (just a 2 piece so a bit annoying length) , and a real axe should things require that. Works for me.

    Richard Harcourt
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