“How much can I hang off of them? What are they there for?”
From http://gossamergear.com/trekking/lt3c-trekking-pole.html “The poles do not have straps, but before you think they’re necessary, try a ~2 oz. pole. Most testers who bemoaned the lack of straps found they liked the poles better without straps, after using them for a few trips, because of the extreme light weight. A small loop of Spectra cord at the bottom of the handle allows the user to attach "keeper" straps or cords, to leave hands free when taking photos, for instance. The loops are not designed to take any significant force, and are not intended as an attachment point for conventional straps. ”
I can vouch for that. 8oz poles gives you forearm cramps if the straps aren’t used properly. So it is so nice to get rid of another nuisance with these light poles. Plus, w/o the straps your wrist won’t be yanked or your pole bent because the tip got stuck in a rock crack while trekking out 3 mph.
-The mounatins were made for Tevas