Rating: 1 / 5
I have used trekking poles for trail and off trail hiking in the Rockies since 1996. Prior to making this purchase my wife and I have owned 7 sets of Komperdell poles since 2000. In 2010 I switched to a much lighter set from a US based cottage company (Gossamer Gear) because of repeated failures in the Komperdell Poles. The point of failure was always the same.
Simply put the locking mechanism was unreliable. The poles would collapse at inopportune times and eventually could not be tightened. This occurred despite my efforts to maintain them after each hike.
After reading positive reviews on the Carbon vario 4 poles I decided to take another chance on Komperdell. I purchased the poles for my wife who is very careful with her gear. I was counting on the fact that they would be reliable for a few years. In addition to hiking with the poles I felt they could be used to support the Pyramid shelter we use when hiking.
The poles were purchased in late August 2013. They were used for 12-15 hrs on trail hikes in Utah. My wife discovered that they had to be tightened at least twice a day. The small threaded area where the pole sections join together kept coming loose. Upon returning to Canada they were used for an on trail hike.
Much to our surprise the lower pole section completely separated from the pole. After looking inside the two pole sections we discovered that the plastic expander had suffered a catastrophic failure , rendering them useless.
At first glance the poles appear to be everything you could want in a trekking pole. The reality is something different.