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REI UL Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles
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Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
Being made anymore? on 05/06/2009 08:15:42 MDT Print View

Is REI carrying these anymore as I can not find them on the website?

Jared Cook
(rooinater) - F

Locale: Northwet
Re: Being made anymore? on 05/09/2009 13:19:34 MDT Print View

yes, but they are no longer full carbon fiber. The lowers are now aluminum. I was just at the store looking at them the other day.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Being made anymore? on 05/09/2009 13:23:06 MDT Print View

Jared is correct.

Peak UL

They probably had too many heavy backpackers snapping them and returning for a refund.

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
weight on 05/09/2009 15:36:27 MDT Print View

Not really too much of a weight savings over Leki.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: weight on 05/09/2009 16:31:47 MDT Print View

Not anymore I guess. The older ones are 10-12 oz.

Elena Lee
(lenchik101) - F - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest (USA)
Re: REI UL Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles on 05/09/2009 22:40:32 MDT Print View

Just returned from REI trying to exchange these poles. Had problems with locking.

REI doesn't carry the original poles I bought, I guess comperdell redisigned them. I ended up not exchanging since the new ones seem to be longer, and have different handles (the hold that sticks out is smaller, and there is some extra plastic on top of handles). I ended up not exchanging them since after some tweaking I ended making my old poles work.

REI suggested that i only open the locking mechanism just enough to allow the poles to slide, not all the way out. that seems to help to get the grip on the locking mechanism.

Ashley Brown
(ashleyb) - F
Re: Re: REI UL Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles on 05/09/2009 22:51:12 MDT Print View

> REI suggested that i only open the locking mechanism just enough to allow the poles to slide, not all the way out. that seems to help to get the grip on the locking mechanism.

Another useful technique is to lengthen a particular pole section to its max setting before trying to engage the locking mechanism. It seems to catch much more easily in this position, and you can then slide it back into the position you want and tighten from there. I would also back up what REI says, which is that you should refrain from completely loosening a section if you want to be able to re-lock it easily. Otherwise I end up having to lengthen the section completely as described above.

Jeffrey Davis
(Gallamar) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: UL Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles on 05/28/2009 19:22:24 MDT Print View

Thank you for your recommendations on the Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4s. They sent me a set and I used them last weekend on a 28 mile trek around the Lost Coast of California. These beauties weighed in at a whispy 3.7 ounces a piece! They performed very, very well... my favorite piece of gear by far. Big thumbs up to these sticks!

Andrew King
(drewboy) - F

Locale: Arizona
Re: UL Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles on 05/29/2009 06:47:47 MDT Print View

That's great to hear they worked out for you. I'm working to save enough money to pick up a pair myself. Once you go to a lighter pole like that, there's no going back. They are such a pleasure to hike with.