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Walking Poles

Walking Poles


Postby WelshDevil » Sun Dec 27, 2015 7:28 pm

Hi all im looking at a pair of walking poles but there are so many to choose from. Ive taken a look at the Leki Trail AS (£54) or the Leki Albula (£59) both as a pair. Any advice or recommendations would be highly appreciated
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Re: Walking Poles

Postby monarchming » Mon Dec 28, 2015 9:40 am

Hi and I can thoroughly recommend Mountainking Supertrekker poles.
I have used them for many years on Munros all year round.
They are made in the UK and are light and well priced. :thumbup:
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Re: Walking Poles

Postby brpro26 » Mon Dec 28, 2015 1:54 pm

Always think with Leki your paying for the name. Take a wee look at Karrimor carbon fibre anti shock poles, only about £35 from Sports direct and you won't go far wrong with them. Good quick flick locking system.
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Re: Walking Poles

Postby WelshDevil » Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:44 pm

So many decisions :o
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Re: Walking Poles

Postby WelshDevil » Mon Dec 28, 2015 7:38 pm

Had a play with some BD Trail poles today. Not to fussed on them. Seemed to shake/vibrate when planting them. Is this normal or would AS stop this? Or is it because they were at the lower end of the quality list???
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Re: Walking Poles

Postby BoyVertiginous » Tue Dec 29, 2015 2:06 am

The make is less important than the materials. IMHO you want carbon fibre (lightweight); flick-lock over twist-lock (easier to operate with cold or gloved hands and less likely to freeze up); extended grips (again for thermal reasons if having to handle beneath the main grip). I recently purchased two pairs of Columbus poles through sportspursuit.com for my parents for the reasons above (£35/pair). My own are Leki and offer the same features, were a gift (£70) and usually remain firmly strapped to my pack!
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Re: Walking Poles

Postby weaselmaster » Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:39 am

I've never used carbon fibre poles so can't comment on them. Too concerned they'd break.
I use Leki Sherpa XL which have served well.
I would go for something with speed locks rather than twist. I think antishock simply adds weight.
One advantage of the Leki poles is that you can buy replacement sections for them - not sure that is true for other brands (though I haven't looked into that, admittedly)
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Re: Walking Poles

Postby weaselmaster » Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:58 am

weaselmaster wrote:I've never used carbon fibre poles so can't comment on them. Too concerned they'd break.
I use Leki Sherpa XL which have served well.
I would go for something with speed locks rather than twist. I think antishock simply adds weight.
One advantage of the Leki poles is that you can buy replacement sections for them - not sure that is true for other brands (though I haven't looked into that, admittedly)


I have just looked at the Leki Micro Vario Carbons - they appeal because they fold down really small, useful for putting into the sac when scrambling. Amazon doing them for £41 off at the moment
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Re: Walking Poles

Postby WelshDevil » Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:57 pm

weaselmaster wrote:
weaselmaster wrote:I've never used carbon fibre poles so can't comment on them. Too concerned they'd break.
I use Leki Sherpa XL which have served well.
I would go for something with speed locks rather than twist. I think antishock simply adds weight.
One advantage of the Leki poles is that you can buy replacement sections for them - not sure that is true for other brands (though I haven't looked into that, admittedly)


I have just looked at the Leki Micro Vario Carbons - they appeal because they fold down really small, useful for putting into the sac when scrambling. Amazon doing them for £41 off at the moment

Thanks for info but a bit much over what im willing to spend on my first pair
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Re: Walking Poles

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Re: Walking Poles

Postby roytheboy » Fri Jan 01, 2016 12:18 pm

We use the excellent Karrimor X-Lite Carbon Walking Poles (@190g) from Sports Direct or Field & Track, costing around £25 a pair - amazing value and so very light and strong. My girlfriend and I each have a pair and have used them most weekends for a couple of years without any problems.
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