Collapsible trekking poles
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Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Collapsible trekking poles on 07/16/2011 18:13:07 MDT Print View

I realize that one-piece poles are sturdy. But collapsible poles can be stuffed into a pack until you need them. I also have adjustable X-C ski poles, but they will adjust only so far.

What is a good (single) collapsible trekking pole? I'm looking for something that will fit into 18 inches or so. Ideally, it would have a snow basket on it, although I have a spare basket that I might try to apply.

The snow pack in the Sierra Nevada doesn't seem to want to give up without a fight.

--B.G.--

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Collapsible trekking poles" on 07/16/2011 18:21:08 MDT Print View

Bob,

These might be worth checking out, if I understand what you're looking for correctly.


Black Diamond Ultra Distance Collapsible Z-Poles

These are carbon fiber, collapse down around 14-16in. depending on the length you go with.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: "Collapsible trekking poles" on 07/16/2011 18:27:12 MDT Print View

That looks pretty close.

REI has a pair for $150.

I had in mind something more like one for $50.

--B.G.--

Steve Walsh
(BrazosSticks) - F

Locale: South
Try The Feel of Nature on 07/16/2011 19:08:12 MDT Print View

If you like wood, Brazos Walking Sticks has a wooden sectional stick called the Traveler's Stick:
http://www.brazos-walking-sticks.com/products/Travelers-Walking-Stick.html

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Try The Feel of Nature on 07/16/2011 19:36:50 MDT Print View

Brazos Walking Sticks

Far too long, and no facility for a snow basket.

--B.G.--

Robert Cowman
(rcowman) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
Re: Re: Try The Feel of Nature on 07/16/2011 19:48:50 MDT Print View

C.A.M.P poles only come in 120cm length but come as a single and are 32cm long (13inches)

Han Chang
(guidesmith) - F
Re: Collapsible trekking poles on 07/19/2011 21:28:48 MDT Print View

If you're able to go up to $70, the REI Traverse is a single pole that looks like a solid choice with rave reviews:
http://www.trekkingpolesguide.com/products/reviews/Traverse/REI

The cheapest one I know of is another REI pole, the Hiker Staff but there's no reviews:
http://www.trekkingpolesguide.com/products/reviews/Hiker-Shock-Light-Staff/REI

Unfortunately I don't know of anything that will fold down to 18 inches, most poles collapse to 20 inches or more.

Hope that helps!

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Collapsible trekking poles on 07/19/2011 21:51:24 MDT Print View

Instead of continuing to look for the very best solution, today I purchased the cheapest solution at Wally World. It's an Outdoor Products pole that collapses down to only 24 inches. Cost $12.88.

--B.G.--

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: Re: "Collapsible trekking poles" on 07/19/2011 22:12:50 MDT Print View

Bob,

"Instead of continuing to look for the very best solution, today I purchased the cheapest solution at Wally World. It's an Outdoor Products pole that collapses down to only 24 inches. Cost $12.88."

I am currently using a pair of the WalMart / Outdoor Products poles. But I keep looking longingly at the CAMP Xenon 4's.

The price is $69.95, weight per pair is 120cm / 9.9oz and 135cm / 10.6oz and if I did my math correctly they break down to 12.6" & 14.2" respectively.

http://www.camp-usa.com/products/trekking-poles/xenon-4-1914.asp

And they have snow baskets.

My current Wally World / Outdoor Products poles work so well I just can't seem to justify the extra $44.00 and change. :-?

Party On,

Newton

Sumi Wada
(DetroitTigerFan) - F

Locale: Ann Arbor
Re: Collapsible trekking poles on 07/19/2011 22:20:13 MDT Print View

Black Diamond Distance poles. These are the aluminum version but still quite light -- 12.3oz for the pair of 120cm. On sale at SunnySports.com for $70.

http://www.sunnysports.com/Catalog.aspx?op=BrandItemDisplay&BrandName=Black Diamond&ProductID=BKDD&Sort=Stock&DescSort=0&Filter=2200%3d2232

Jeremy Platt
(jeremy089786) - F

Locale: Sydney
komperdell approach carbon vario on 07/20/2011 01:08:07 MDT Print View

I know this one is not cheap but cannot wait for it to come out soon. I find travelling with 2 piece poles super annoying and have been waiting for a break apart pole that is adjustable. Hopefully it turns out ok.

http://www.komperdell.com/en/poles/touring/special/194_2303_10.php

carl becker
(carlbecker) - F

Locale: Northern Virginia
Re: Collapsible trekking poles on 07/20/2011 04:48:45 MDT Print View

Take a look at fizan trekking poles.

James Klein
(jnklein21) - M

Locale: Southeast
Re: Re: Collapsible trekking poles on 07/20/2011 05:37:56 MDT Print View

Bob, I bought a pair of the outdoor products fliplock poles and replaced the grips with eva foam ones (like tigoat poles) -- cut the weight down ~ 2.5 - 3 oz per pole -- cost another 5 bucks or so to just under 7oz per pole. If you bought the twist lock ones yours could probably come in a little lighter.

Brian Lindahl
(lindahlb) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Collapsible trekking poles on 07/20/2011 09:27:07 MDT Print View

I'm a big fan of some Helinox poles (distributed by Big Agnes). Under 10oz for the 120cm model, and under 12oz for the 135cm model. They're also aluminum - the lightest aluminum adjustable poles on the market. I have the 120cm model.

Breakdown poles don't interest me, as they don't store well on the outside of the pack, nor can you adjust the size. I like to have 120cm for downhill, 110cm for uphill and 90-95cm for steep climbs (30+ degrees). I usually run 115cm over variable (up-and-down) terrain.

Edited by lindahlb on 07/20/2011 09:31:18 MDT.