thx for all the feedback folks :) appreciate it
I mentioned 120cm as I found the most comfort at about 115cm with my adjustable BD poles.
. many poles seem to run in 10cm increments. 110, 120, etc etc, .... truth be told I'm looking hard at the BD new pole the ultra distance here-> http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/mountain/new-fall-2010-mountain-gear/ultra-distance-trekking-pole ... they come in at [120 cm] 270 g, 9.5 oz per pair. these look very nice to me, small folded size of [120 cm] 39.5 cm, 15.6 in.
so for the 120, that is what I'm guessing would be my best bet if I got a fixed length pole, as my comfort set on current pole is a smidge over 115cm. thinking a bit longer would be better than a little shorter to the 110cm. but not sure about that either, seems shorter would give a better swing, well easier swing, without having to lift hands as high as with a 120cm pole.
then that is when I got to thinking I should relook at the GG offerings and so I did, but the strap when i seen iton the LT4, I was bumming as I was assuming it'd be at least on par with a BD strap, after all the LT4's are a very spendy set of poles. the only poles I know of(no pole expert here, to be sure lol )that have a strap top mounted is cheap-o's from wally world. I tend to use the palm technique on decents, and with the strap a washer and the HUGE bolt head on top of it all, I can't imagine that would feel good in the least.
so I'm quite torn as to what to do, as this is a LOT of money in my world. someone mention the LT3's, my mind is telling me most everything I've read has pointed towards the LT4 being better than the LT3 ..... sigh
I guess when it comes down to it, I guess I'm afraid of the fixed length pole because I'm not sure which length to get with a pole at 10cm increments.
then there is the flexibility of an adjustable pole
I think if I get the LT4 with no strap I may not like it (recall I use and like my straps on the bd poles) and with the LT4 straps being what they are and top mounted. I just don't know. I use straps as they were intended, and as such the pole almost feels like an extension to my arms. before I got the BD poles with straps I was using was to much energy on squeezing on the poles, with straps I fully depend on them to hold my weight at any given moment without holding onto the hand grips. its hard to explain. sorry for my rambling, but as i said this a LOT of money for me.
I appreciate any and all feedback, no voice is too small for me to hear :)
I know, I know, I'm a friggin' sad case lol