Komperdell Nature Sticks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)

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by Ken Knight | 2008-01-28 16:00:00-07

This product feature was published in conjunction with the Virtual Pack Project from Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008. Click here for more information about the ORWM 2008 Virtual Pack Project.

Komperdell Nature Sticks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) - 1
Komperdell Nature Sticks Carbon trekking poles provide all the benefits of modern carbon fiber trekking pole technology and add a touch of style that is hard to beat.

Trekking poles are invaluable walking aids whether you're pushing through deep snow, powering up a tough climb, or maintaining control as you run down the over side of that very same hill. In a pinch they can be used for other things too; though hopefully Bob won't ever have to use one of these lovely poles as a deadman anchor. The Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon fixed length poles are perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing poles Backpacking Light staff have seen. Carbon fiber poles sheathed in bamboo with a grip that features a leather strap backed by faux fur. A fine example of function and form blending together.

  • Available: now
  • Weight: 5.3 oz (150 g) per 125 cm pole
  • MSRP: $159.95


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Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Komperdell Nature Sticks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) on 01/28/2008 23:25:30 MST Print View

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Komperdell Nature Sticks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)

Sebastian Ventris
(sabme) - F - M

Locale: SW UK
just bamboo on 01/29/2008 17:14:54 MST Print View

Why not just use a couple of pieces of bamboo? Much cheaper and probably similar strength to weight.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: just bamboo on 01/29/2008 19:31:51 MST Print View

I hear ya...those komperdells are a ripoff in price, to me.

Alan Garber
(altadude) - F
bamboozle on 01/30/2008 01:09:47 MST Print View

How does one get bamboo sticks?

The ski patrollers use orange and black ones for marking dangerous terrain.......

I see the tele skier patrollers use them as lurks.......

Need to score me one..........

Sebastian Ventris
(sabme) - F - M

Locale: SW UK
free wooden poles on 01/30/2008 03:48:53 MST Print View

Hope this isn't too off topic - but I just cut a piece of thin straight Ash when I need a pole.

They get lighter as they dry out, at least as light as my old REI carbon Peak UL poles (recently sold on eBay). If bamboo was available I would cut that or what ever else was going.

If you break one or loose one, no problem. Although I have become fond of my sticks in the past.

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: free wooden poles on 01/30/2008 11:08:12 MST Print View

Hi Guys-

I've got a few notes to stir into the mix:

Improvised walking sticks from natural materials work great for occasional use like stream crossings - they're free and weightless when left behind and not carried. But, for all-day hiking on snowshoes, a "real" trekking pole with a large surface area snow basket and a decent grip is well worth the weight and cost.

Though I've not tried a bamboo pole, I think natural bamboo would make a fine pole material...but it is not too common in North American forests. ;)

We chose the Nature Sticks because of the strength to weight ratio offered by the structural carbon fiber construction. Bob just gets much needed style points from the Bamboo veneer. :-)

Cheers,

-Mike

Edited by MikeMartin on 01/30/2008 11:09:20 MST.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: free wooden poles on 01/30/2008 11:36:55 MST Print View

"Back in the day" when I used to rent snowshoes and poles, the poles were bamboo, and the snowshoes had wooden frames and either hide or neoprene webbing.

The bamboo poles had an advantage over aluminum: they were cheap. But they weren't terribly strong and were rather bendy.

I haven't a clue as to why Komperdell is sheathing CF with bamboo--other than those all-important stylepoints--but I can attest to CF being a vastly superior material for the task.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: free wooden poles on 01/30/2008 14:01:43 MST Print View

> I haven't a clue as to why Komperdell is sheathing CF with bamboo--other than those all-important stylepoints-

I doubt it is bamboo veneer. I could not see any bumps on the sides of the tubing. I think it is just a printed surface. You can get other carbon fibre and aluminium tubing like that - try Easton for instance.

Just an appearance, that's all.