Komperdell C2 Carbon Tour Duolock Trekking Pole REVIEW

Two-section carbon poles that are very light weight, adjust for different size users, and perform great in the backcountry.

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by Matt Eckhart | 2006-09-06 03:00:00-06

Komperdell C2 Carbon Tour Duolock Trekking Pole REVIEW

Introduction

The Komperdell C2 Carbon Tour Duolock are two-section poles marketed as ski touring/snowshoeing models. However, they are solid poles that work equally well in summer or winter adventures. They weigh 6.0 ounces each, extend to a full 145 centimeters, offer excellent vibration damping, and are a good value at $129.99. While two sections means there are fewer parts that might be damaged, it also means the poles don’t compact below 110 centimeters.

What’s Good

  • One of the lightest two-section poles at 6.0 ounces (170 g) each
  • Adjust from 110 to 145 centimeters to accommodate different sized users
  • Well designed and high quality
  • New locking system provides no-slip adjustment
  • Reasonably priced at $129.99

What’s Not So Good

  • Only compact to 110 centimeters making them cumbersome when strapped to a backpack
  • Snow baskets are difficult to remove
  • Serrated Foam grips not as comfortable as competitors’ models

Specifications

  Year/Model

2006 Komperdell C2 Carbon Tour Duolock

  Style

Two-section collapsible

  Shaft Material

Carbon fiber

  Tips

Tungsten Carbide

  Grips

EVA foam with strap

  Grip Size

Medium-Large

  Weight Per Pole
(without baskets)

6.0 oz (170 g) measured weight; manufacturer’s specification 6.2 oz (176 g)

  Pole Length

43.3-57.0 in (110-145 cm)

  Baskets Included?

Yes - diameter: 2 in (5.1 cm), weight: 0.2 oz (6 g)

  Basket Type

Twist-on/Komperdell

  MSRP

$129.99

Performance

Komperdell provides a nice compromise in the C2 Carbon Tour Duolock trekking poles. As two-section poles, they are heavier than one-section poles, but with the added feature of adjustable height to accommodate different users and varied terrain. A comparable three-section pole would be heavier (and have double the locking mechanisms to adjust or possibly slip) but pack down smaller for easier stowage. My actual measurement for the minimum length was 110 centimeters. The G’reptile grip-zone on the upper section is a rubber textured material that worked very well for easy tightening in all conditions but a small section of textured bumps on the lower section provides minimal grip of the lower section.

Komperdell C2 Carbon Tour Duolock REVIEW - 1
The EVA foam grips with adjustable straps are serrated on the back.

The grips are EVA foam that is serrated on the back. The serrated section is a little uncomfortable after long periods of use. The wrist straps are neoprene and easy to adjust but cannot be removed.

Compatibility With Trekking Pole Shelters

Shelter type and pole length requiredUsable with this shelter?
Gossamer Gear/Tarptent Squall Classic (42 in/107 cm)No
Tarptent Virga 2 / Squall 2 and Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo / Europa (45 in/114 cm)Yes
Golite Trig 2 (48 in/123 cm)Yes
MSR Missing Link (54 in/137 cm) Yes

The provided baskets are large, snow baskets. I removed them for testing during summer months, but smaller baskets are available as well as even larger snowshoeing baskets. It is hard to get a good grip on the lower section of the pole, making it hard to twist off the basket. Reinstalling the baskets is equally as hard (this is typical of Komperdell baskets). The tips of the poles are tungsten carbide, which is often used as a cheap diamond substitute in cutting tools since the material is very hard. The tips grip various terrain well in a variety of different conditions.

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The tungsten carbide tips grip well. The snow baskets shown are included with the poles.

The Komperdell C2 Carbon Tour Duolock poles are very stiff and stable; I put all my weight on the poles and they held just fine. Trail vibration is minimal because the carbon shafts and foam grips dampen the vibration. The poles are durable and showed minimal wear during testing.

Each pole weighs 6.0 ounces, making them one of the lightest two section poles on the market. They are perfect for backpackers who want to keep their overall weight to a minimum, yet have the flexibility of a two-section pole. At $129.99 they are a great value for lightweight carbon poles.

What’s Unique

The Komperdell C2 Carbon Tour Duolock trekking poles have a new Duolock locking mechanism which claims to be 80% more stable then traditional locking mechanisms. As seen in the pictures below, when the two pole sections are turned clockwise the locking mechanism expands and locks the pole at a certain length. Because the locking mechanism expands and compresses against the upper pole parallel to the sides there is more surface area of the locking mechanism touching the inner walls of the pole. This creates more friction and leads to more stability when compared to a traditional locking mechanism that diagonally expands. I had no trouble adjusting the poles, but to keep them from slipping I often over tightened them and heard a slight creaking sound. While this caused no durability issues, the sound was disconcerting.

Komperdell C2 Carbon Tour Duolock REVIEW - 3
Duolock locking mechanism.

Komperdell C2 Carbon Tour Duolock REVIEW - 4
Komperdell claims the Duolock system (left) is 80% more stable then a traditional locking mechanism (right) since a larger surface area of the expander contacts the inner pole walls.

Recommendations for Improvement

The Komperdell C2 Carbon Tour Duolock poles are solid performers. That said, I offer the following suggestions to improve the poles:

  • Add G’reptile grip-zone on part of the lower section instead of the raised texture to improve grip on the lower section when adjusting the poles.
  • Redesign how the snow baskets are attached to make them easier to remove.
  • Angle the grips slightly to make them more comfortable.


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"Komperdell C2 Carbon Tour Duolock Trekking Pole REVIEW," by Matt Eckhart. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/komperdell_c2_carbon_tour_duolock_review.html, 2006-09-06 03:00:00-06.

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