Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon Trekking Poles Review
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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon Trekking Poles Review on 10/28/2008 18:53:34 MDT Print View

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Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon Trekking Poles Review

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon Trekking Poles Review on 10/28/2008 19:25:21 MDT Print View

Sweet but a tad expensive. Still though, I might buy these!

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon Trekking Poles Review on 10/28/2008 19:35:13 MDT Print View

Hey Ken, I think you should save your $ and buy some more stoves. But the Komperdells do look nice..I will stick with my Komperdell C3's.

Edited by Creachen on 10/28/2008 20:50:38 MDT.

Ryan Dunne
(donryanocero)

Locale: Humboldt
poles on 10/28/2008 20:44:29 MDT Print View

ooo spiffy. I'm surprised they're still so light with all the bling.
I think I'm still going to pick up some of the Gossamer Gear poles though..
thanks for the review.

Chris Chastain
(Thangfish) - F

Locale: S. Central NC, USA
Get them WHERE? on 10/29/2008 17:19:12 MDT Print View

Beautiful!
Where can you get them?

Jason Brinkman
(jbrinkmanboi) - MLife

Locale: Idaho
Re: Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon Trekking Poles Review on 10/30/2008 10:31:36 MDT Print View

Good review - those are some impressive poles.

But having to solicit from German or Russian websites? I can only assume that you guys got the reviewed poles through your partnership with Komperdell for STIX manufacturing? Are they considering making these available to US retailers, or were they just teasing you guys with a "look what we can make!" set?

You've got me thinking though - I believe my ideal poles would have Leki or BD tips, Komperdell bamboo/carbon shafts, Komperdell foam grips, and the BPL lightweight wrist straps.

Tad Englund
(bestbuilder) - F - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon Trekking Poles Review on 10/30/2008 11:36:16 MDT Print View

These are real cool looking poles- I saw them on there website last week.
http://www.komperdell.com/en/stock/touring/snap_lock/175_2501_10.php#
Komperdell are rep'd in the US by a company in Washington called Camaro 1-253-867-5735. Close to the REI distribution facility- Komperdell makes REI's poles.
I talked to them on Monday about an unrelated item and today I reached their answering machine (must be at lunch).
I'd love to have a pair of these but I don't think I'd like to pay the price.

Chris Chastain
(Thangfish) - F

Locale: S. Central NC, USA
Euro / Dollar exchange rate on 11/01/2008 19:57:18 MDT Print View

Hey, the way the Euro / Dollar exchange rate is going, these might be a real deal before too long!

I'm hoping anyway.

Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: Re: Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon Trekking Poles Review on 11/02/2008 22:22:04 MST Print View

Hi Jason,

No- these were reviewed as any other items we review: we contact the company directly to review products. You are right that Komperdell manufacturers our Stix poles but that's a separate deal. I requested these poles myself and have no connection with the retail side of BackpackingLight; we keep that very separate.

At Backpacking Light we often review items that are not in the US market because of our international readership and because we're constantly searching for products that our readers might find interesting. You're right that these poles are hard to some by, as are other fine European products like Terra Nova, Rab, Lightwave, Montane, and others. I know these poles are available because I found them on several sites myself and just did the same again. Of course you could buy something that's easily available in the US but in the flat world of globally-available products and easy international shipping, you really get to pick and choose what you like.

If you decide these are the right poles for you and you track down a pair, you will certainly have something that's unique. I love gear like that, but it's certainly not for everyone.

Have a great read!
Doug

Sam .
(samurai) - F

Locale: NEPA
Re: Re: Re: Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon Trekking Poles Review on 11/07/2008 19:58:48 MST Print View

>If you decide these are the right poles for you and you track down a pair, you will certainly have something that's unique. I love gear like that, but it's certainly not for everyone.

I was able to buy a pair of these sticks direct from Austria here. They arrived in PA in only four days by UPS. It was a no hassle transaction and the total price to my door was actually a couple bucks less than the MSRP of $142.

Don't fret over the fur strap description... they are leather. However they lack the Komperdell embroidered lettering. I see that as a bonus myself! They do have the Komperdell info on the poles themselves, but it is very subdued.

I haven't got out with them yet. They just arrived, look and feel great. No, I haven't weighed them yet ;-)

Bernhard was a pleasure to deal with and emailed my info in English as soon as he realized I was from the US. Good people to work with!

samurai

PS: As always Doug, great review! Thanks for the heads-up.

Edited by samurai on 11/07/2008 20:09:59 MST.

Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: Re: Re: Re: Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon Trekking Poles Review on 11/08/2008 17:02:40 MST Print View

Thanks Sam- good find! I'm glad you were able to track down a pair. Great lead for our other readers too.

Enjoy!

Doug