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Fizan Compact (very lightweight, adjustable pole)

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Mark Dijkstra
( Markacd )
Fizan Compact (very lightweight, adjustable pole) on 04/20/2011 06:58:54 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I have not been able to really test these, but I'd like to share my first impressions. I'm planning on using these for a 2-3 week trip this summer. If I have anything to add, I'll edit this post after that.

Edit: I've now used these poles on a 2,5 week trip through the Bulgarian mountains (pretty rough terrain) with a heavy backpack (10 kg of food and up to 4L of water) and they exceeded my expectations. I'm canging my overall score from 4 to 5 because the minor inconveniences I saw before my trip turned out to be even smaller than anticipated. They're still not perfect, but these poles deserve a higher score than 4.

Weight: 9/10
These are advertised as 158 grams (about 5.57 oz) per pole. On my scale they're a little heavier at 166 gram (about 5.86 per pole). The baskets will add another 5 gram (0.18 oz) per basket and if you wish to use the rubber end-caps, those weigh another 10 grams (0.35 oz) each.
342 grams (about 12 oz, I dont use the caps) for a pair of collapsible trekking poles may not be the lightest you can find, but it's pretty good!

Comfort/performance: 8/10
The straps are easily adjustable and feel pretty comfortable because of the neoprene (I think) padding.
Edit: The strap locks work very well. During my trip I never had to adjust the straps. Considering that I put quite a bit of pressure on the straps and my hands were quite sweaty they performed extremely well.

The handle itself is made out of some sort of foam with a plastic top. The material feels pretty nice, but the shape could be a little better. It is pre-shaped for 4 fingers and imho the fingers are placed a little too far apart. I would have preferred if Fizan had just made a smooth handle or maybe one with a single ridge for the index finger. The shape of the handle is the main reason why I don't give this pole a 5-rating.
Edit: It seems Fizan has changed the handle on the latest versions. This would take away the one thing I don't like about these poles.
Edit: The material of the handles feels great! Even in extremely warm weather with sweaty hands. Much better than the cork handles of my friend's Leki poles. The shape turned out to be much less annoying than I had expected.

The screw-lock works fine (a lot better than the ones on my crappy Decathlon poles) and have not yet been able to make them slip. Because there are no ferrules (I think that's what they're called) these poles may be a little difficult to fasten/loosen with gloves or when they're slippery. To me this is a minor inconvenience.
Edit: During my trip the locks slipped very little. 2-3 cm in about as many days. I wouldn't even have noticed it if I didn't have to adjust my poles for a few descents. The last few days they slipped a little easier (up to 2 cm per day), but I blame that on me not keeping them clean.
During my trip the locks were always easy to loosen and fasten.

Should you wish to use the end-caps, these stay on remarkably well. I don't think they would fall off easily when you use them. In fact, I had trouble taking them off when I wanted to.

The poles are made of 7001 aluminium, which I'm told is a good thing as it's a strong and very stiff type of aluminium.
Edit: At one point I slipped and fell on top of one pole with all my weight. Had the pole been made out of carbon, I'm pretty sure it would have broken. The pole was bent, but less than I expected and I had no problem using it for the rest of the trip.

The tips worked very good. They had good grip on pretty slippery rocks and they show little sign of wear and tear.

No antishock on these. Whether that is a good thing or not, I'll leave up to you. I don't see the use for it, but some people like it.

Looks: 8/10
Not the most important thing, but the eye wants something as well. Because there are no ferrules, these poles look nice and elegant.
Fizan Compact poles come in a variety of colours, but mine are in the colour "Exclusive", which is simply black (not to be confused with the colour "Black", which is a grey-ish purple).

Price: 9/10
All of the above is not that special. There are better and lighter poles out there. However, most of those poles are over 2 times as expensive! Mine cost me about €55 (about $80) shipped.

Conclusion: 9/10
These are great poles for a very good price. I'm not giving these poles a perfect score because there are lighter poles and the handles could be shaped better (like the new handles). However, you'll have a hard time finding better poles than these for the same price.

Edited by Markacd on 08/21/2011 09:01:23 MDT.

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