Carbon fiber trekking poles

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Re: Carbon fiber trekking poles

Postby tmathews » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:44 pm

Just for those considering ultras, here, Sugar Madison, but what do you think of poles for those races? I've spoken to Neil at Barr Camp about them (I know he doesn't use them). Do you feel they afford you an advantage?
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Re: Carbon fiber trekking poles

Postby Sugar Madison » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:30 pm

In *really* hilly races like Hardrock (34,000' gain), yes, I think they do. I've tried them in races that don't have as much gain (maybe 18,000-22,000' gain over 100 miles) and I'm not sure they are worth the hassle, to be honest. I wind up carrying them more than I use them.

Total thread drift: I also like to run with a handheld light vs a headlamp, which I can't do when using poles... so I'm sure that factors into the "not sure it's worth it" decision too.
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Re: Carbon fiber trekking poles

Postby unclegar » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:40 pm

I got the REI carbon fiber poles and have taken them on several 14er hikes and have been very happy with them so far. Only got them because they were free due to dividends.
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Re: Carbon fiber trekking poles

Postby RoanMtnMan » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:56 pm

I don't refer anyone looking for quality to REI products anymore. It is now just a small step up from Wal-Mart (not that there is anything wrong with Wal-Mart). BD is still making good stuff though. I have been very disrespectful to my BD carbon fiber poles both in summer and winter and they continue to perform. I recommend. My issue with poles was always bending, which led to an inability to use the telescoping feature. That doesn't happen with carbons.
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Re: Carbon fiber trekking poles

Postby coloradokevin » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:19 am

I have a set of BD carbon trekking poles (can't remember the model name, but can figure it out if you'd like). Anyway, they've been great poles, and haven't given me any concerns about durability. I use them quite a bit, and also use them for backcountry skiing in winter. The locking mechanism on the BD poles is great, and far better than the twist-to-lock system.

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