Komperdell introduces a new line of all-carbon-fiber trekking poles. At 5.6 oz each for the women’s (compact) model and 6.2 oz each for the men’s model they are the lightest 3-section poles we know. As we’ve mentioned before, men, including many of our staff, may opt for the lighter “women’s” model.
Komperdell also introduced a new 2-section model that will be even lighter. How much lighter we don’t know, but they might be less than 10 oz for the pair! They were so new that they didn’t have a name or specs at the show. The 2-section poles also have a nice rubberized grip section on the shaft below the main grip.
Both poles use a new Duolock adjustment system that is 80% stronger than conventional locking adjustment systems. The poles adjust easily and are less prone to slipping when tightened, or jamming when untightened.
For about an ounce more you can get air-spring shock absorption (Airshock) with the poles.
Komperdell 2-section pole on the top and the 3-section “C3 Duolock” on the bottom. Note Reptile grip tape below grip handle on 2-section model.
Women’s (compact): 5.6 oz each (6.5 oz with Airshock)
Packed size: 23.6 in (60 cm)
Max length: 49.2 in (125 cm)
Men’s: 6.2 oz each (6.9 oz with Airshock)
Packed size: 26.7 in (68 cm)
Max length: 55.1 in (140 cm)
Komperdell 2-section pole on the left and the 3-section “C3 Duolock” on the right.
"Komperdell Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles: Lightest Sectional Trekking Poles First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)," by Alan Dixon. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/komperdell_carbon_poles_outdoor_retailer_winter_market_2005.html, 2005-01-29 03:00:00-07.