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Ultralite Anti-Shock Trekking Poles


Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Ultralite Anti-Shock Trekking Poles

Manufacturer: REI

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 - 4 Votes


Page By: rcorby2

Created/Edited: May 19, 2002 / May 19, 2002

Object ID: 8967

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Anti-shock springs can be turned on and off with a twist of the pole; use the extra cushioning for going downhill and the rigid support for uphill.

Extra-long, natural-shaped grips allow you to drop a hand to a lower position on the grip during intermittent traverses.

Wide nylon wrist-straps offer non-constricting comfort; lined with soft terry cloth to prevent chafing.

Fully adjustable three-section design provides a custom fit for any trekker and varying terrain.

Quick-release baskets twist off easily to convert warm-weather trekking poles to winter snow poles; snow baskets sold separately.

Tungsten carbide tips offer long-wear; plastic tip protectors safeguard your gear in transit.


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rcorby2Untitled Review

Voted 4/5

Been using these poles for about two months now. Only one major complaint-I hate the straps on these poles. Leki wrist straps are FAR superior to the standard nylon loop that is on each of the REI poles. The poles are relatively light, though. Also, I didn't really see a big benefit from the anti shock feature. Having used non anti shock poles before, I didn't notice the difference between two. Maybe if I had elbow/wrist joint problems it would make a difference? My most liked feature is the hard foam hand grips. They do well when my hands are sweating. Would give 5 stars, but the wrist straps are crappy when compared to some of the competitors. In general, when traveling in mountainous terrain or doing a lot of up hill, I believe trekking poles will help a lot.
Posted May 29, 2002 9:41 am

MishaUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

My first pair of trekking poles, so I don't really have anything to compare with. I guess they do the job OK. I can certainly appreciate the light weight and the anti-shock technology on those x-country trips. A couple of complaints:
- On rougher terrain where you have to rely on your poles more than usual, they may automatically unlock and reduce in size. I tried to adjust them and lock the length really firm but somehow it always gets messed up in those rough areas.
- While adjusting the length, it is too easy to completely dismantle the pole (pull sections out).
Next time, I will probably go with LeKi products
Posted Dec 15, 2003 1:43 pm

Erik BeelerUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

I like these poles. They are made by Komperdell for REI and have been a solid product. I have hauled sleds behind me and really appreciated having these poles along. The anti shock feature was noticable but most noticable going down hill with the seld behind me. The grips are really nice and don't pull warmth from your hands even if you are not wearing gloves. To get them tigh enough so they don't unadjust I reach down to the basket and turn from there it gives me enough leverage to make sure they are tight enough to not collapse.

Have to agree with the straps. They are nice but they are hard to adjust expecially when wearing gloves so make sure you adjust them before hand.
Posted Dec 15, 2003 5:04 pm

The Defiant OneUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

I prefer these poles over the Leki Makalu poles i bought for my mother. If you want a well built ultralight pole, for a decent price, these are very reliable and solid.

I do not personally like poles with Anti-Shock devices built in. I have since given these to my girlfriend, who loves them, and bought myself some REI Summit poles ($65) which i prefer as they have less moving parts.

Posted Mar 28, 2005 7:41 pm

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