"I'd say he's got us covered."
If he means you can't replace the tips wit leki/bd replacement tips then yeah, that is fine. Like I said the measurements are off by at least 0.5 mm. But if he is saying (as they told me 6 months ago) you have to replace both the tip AND the lowest shaft portion, and for that ridiculous price, without having actually broken the shaft, then No, that I find an unacceptable price to pay to replace a worn out tip.
On the other hand if they if they indeed now sell the tips separately (they said they did not 6 month ago) then that would be acceptable.
It is possible there is a language thing here, since "tips" may not translate as the "metal part that touches the ground". I like the poles enough that I would buy the replacement tips now if I could get a straight answer from them. They need to have it on their website with at least a picture, I think so there is no confusion.
So still needs clarification. If I can't buy the tips (separately) at a reasonable price for replacement commensurate with the leki/bd replacement tip prices of $10-12 (per pair), or thereabout, then when my tips wear out I will simply not buy anything from locus gear after that.
It would be a shame for them to make such a nice product, and then blow it on such a trivial but required detail, but stranger things happen all the time, unfortunately.
Edit: OK I broke down and wrote locus myself. I was very pedantic (and apologized for this) about what exactly could be purchase separately, and if we could get a picture. The main problem as I see it is there is no part listed on their website, in spite of the fact that they have baskets and rubber "grampa's cane" typo replacement parts there. This is weird, so in addition to all the confusion, it raises the question of why the part that wears out the quickest is not listed. I'll let you know what I find out.
When you are more or less perfectly happy with some piece of gear, which for me is pretty rare, it is worth it to get this straight. I'd probably order 2 extra pair of replacement tips in advance if I could get just what I want since with a smallest company you never know when they might stop making them. Then at least I could go for a few years on them.