"All I am asking is for someone provide real world, measurable validation that trekking poles are an advantage to efficient walking. "
Measurable validation. Someone could claim they can hike faster and better with a 45 lb pack, not fitted, 4 lbs shoes, and a 3 person tent. Then they could add that maybe weak, fat or injured people may benefit from a lighter pack , otherwise it is not necessary to go light.Then ask for measurable validation that going lighter is beneficial at all.
Yes, it is HYOH, but this is causing so much vitriol because , as it has happened before, a poster seems to apply their own experience to the rest of the world. If poles are not needed/ helpful for me, then those benefiting from them must have something wrong with them. Then put the burden of proof on the poor sickly fat folk on top of it.
It may not be the intention, but this is how I think it is coming across and that is why it is generating so much ...anger???
Edited to make it less convoluted, I hope.