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#7311705 - 01/14/13 11:27 AM Re: Trekking Poles [Re: snubbie]
Bear_in_Fairbanks Offline
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Originally Posted By: snubbie
Originally Posted By: Bear_in_Fairbanks
I don't care what anyone says, I think they're a waste of money. Use a walking stick? For sure. Cut the damn thing in the woods. If necessary, cut it at home & then take it with you.
Bear in Fairbanks


You've mentioned this several times. Why don't you go to Wallyworld, gamble $15 and try them out. If you hate them, give 'em to the local boy scouts, heck you're out $15 and proved your point.

If you REALLY try them out I bet you'll soon be shopping for some "better" ones.



1. I don't shop Wallyworld.
2. Ya gets what ya pays for.
3. I knew I'd snap somebody's undies with that comment.
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#7311948 - 01/14/13 12:29 PM Re: Trekking Poles [Re: Bear_in_Fairbanks]
ranger1 Offline
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Registered: 11/14/03
Posts: 4111
Loc: SE Montana
Tried some out after reading this post. I had previously figured they were just hippy gear, but after seeing that some whose opinions I trust are using them I thought I'd give them a shot. I had a set of cheap Cabelas poles that came with a set of snowshoes. After having used them for about 5 hours of showshoeing yesterday, I can say that I am a fan. No mountains over here, but steep hillsides were much more easily traversed and overall exertion seemed lower. Now to get a set with adjustment that is more reliable.

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#7312044 - 01/14/13 12:52 PM Re: Trekking Poles [Re: AB2506]
jpb Offline
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Registered: 06/30/01
Posts: 6700
Loc: northern Sweden
Originally Posted By: AB2506
Black Diamond. Can't remember the model. Elliptically shaped. Designed for heavy guys like me. Used them since 2007. Great poles.

AB2506:

I have been considering a set of Black Diamond trekking poles, and I would sure like to know which model you are happy with since there is a wide range in prices.

If you CLICK HERE, you will see that Black Diamond makes 4 different eliptical trekking poles.

Could I trouble you to click the link and see if you can identify the poles that you have, then post back here to let me (and perhaps others) know please?

Thanks in advance,

John

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#7313050 - 01/14/13 04:35 PM Re: Trekking Poles [Re: jpb]
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I see that Black Diamonds are 'elliptical'. Does that help reduce wind resistance for high speed elk chases? grin
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#7313175 - 01/14/13 05:03 PM Re: Trekking Poles [Re: Rock Chuck]
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It keeps the different sections from rotating inside another.
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#7313427 - 01/14/13 05:53 PM Re: Trekking Poles [Re: Bear_in_Fairbanks]
snubbie Offline
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Registered: 10/29/11
Posts: 1999
Loc: Western North Carolina Mtns
Originally Posted By: Bear_in_Fairbanks
Originally Posted By: snubbie
Originally Posted By: Bear_in_Fairbanks
I don't care what anyone says, I think they're a waste of money. Use a walking stick? For sure. Cut the damn thing in the woods. If necessary, cut it at home & then take it with you.
Bear in Fairbanks


You've mentioned this several times. Why don't you go to Wallyworld, gamble $15 and try them out. If you hate them, give 'em to the local boy scouts, heck you're out $15 and proved your point.

If you REALLY try them out I bet you'll soon be shopping for some "better" ones.



1. I don't shop Wallyworld.
2. Ya gets what ya pays for.
3. I knew I'd snap somebody's undies with that comment.
B.I.F.




yep


Edited by snubbie (01/14/13 05:54 PM)
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#7313701 - 01/14/13 06:37 PM Re: Trekking Poles [Re: AB2506]
Talus_in_Arizona Offline
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Registered: 10/28/06
Posts: 782
Loc: AZ
Costco recently had trekkers similar to my Cabela's for about $25 I think. I know the shock absorbers sound like a gimmic or weak link, but I like them. Are poles noisy? Not as noisy as me faling down the damn hill. If you need poles you are making noise anyway. If you don't you can fold them up and pack them.

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#7314465 - 01/14/13 09:37 PM Re: Trekking Poles [Re: Talus_in_Arizona]
Greenhorn Offline
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Registered: 02/25/01
Posts: 1950
Been hunting and "cutting sticks" for 30 years. Didn't buy a pair till this year, and it was money well spent. To each their own. Easy to get around fast in rocky cliffs and a backpack in 4WD, easy to skip across wet rocks and tangled deadfall while crossing a creek with a heavy pack and poles. I spent around 40 days using my poles this year, a relief of a purchase, long overdue. Also saw a guy fold over a shitty brand new pair in 4 hrs, first time using them.

I don't care what anybody says.. laugh

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#7314548 - 01/14/13 10:32 PM Re: Trekking Poles [Re: Talus_in_Arizona]
Anjin Offline
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Registered: 01/05/11
Posts: 592
Loc: Osaka, Japan
Originally Posted By: Talus_in_Arizona
Costco recently had trekkers similar to my Cabela's for about $25 I think. I know the shock absorbers sound like a gimmic or weak link, but I like them. Are poles noisy? Not as noisy as me faling down the damn hill. If you need poles you are making noise anyway. If you don't you can fold them up and pack them.


I have these too and like them.
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#7315542 - 01/15/13 08:14 AM Re: Trekking Poles [Re: snubbie]
Kevin_T Offline
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Registered: 04/15/10
Posts: 1321
Loc: Western Colorado
Originally Posted By: snubbie
Originally Posted By: Bear_in_Fairbanks
Originally Posted By: snubbie
Originally Posted By: Bear_in_Fairbanks
I don't care what anyone says, I think they're a waste of money. Use a walking stick? For sure. Cut the damn thing in the woods. If necessary, cut it at home & then take it with you.
Bear in Fairbanks


You've mentioned this several times. Why don't you go to Wallyworld, gamble $15 and try them out. If you hate them, give 'em to the local boy scouts, heck you're out $15 and proved your point.

If you REALLY try them out I bet you'll soon be shopping for some "better" ones.



1. I don't shop Wallyworld.
2. Ya gets what ya pays for.
3. I knew I'd snap somebody's undies with that comment.
B.I.F.




yep


I mostly agree with BIF. I'm not a big user of poles myself, and really only take them in ski / snow shoe type conditions. I have used them many times for testing purposes, and always found myself trying to convince someone else they would really like some poles to help them along, because for me I'm more than ok without them. Below treeline if I felt I needed something for balance, I'd grab a branch 9 out of 10 times.

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