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Charlie
01-05-2008, 09:21 PM
if you use one why do you

it there something to look for when buying one

and what brand or type

Squid
01-05-2008, 09:27 PM
I use only one on the way down, to help stabilize my self. It is either a trax or trexs or something, got it for 50 bucks, impressed on its strength and how light it is. I also carry my life link guide poles but in 3 years that I have owned them, they never leave my pack until someone else wants to use them. I use them for back country skiing and snow shoeing.

I tend not to use poles coming up mountains only because I feel they get in my way, and I am quicker with out them. But coming down and after my bad ski accident 2 years ago my left knee takes a beating and the pole helps lessen the hits. And I also find using one pole instead of 2 keeps me moving a little slower coming down, so that again saves my knee and hip.

The pole I use when fully extended is almost 5 feet long, helps a lot of steep descents.

spyboy
01-05-2008, 09:31 PM
Do you mean natural wood ones, or metal?

I use a Trax collapsible one, that is padded on the upper part of the shaft so you don't freeze to it in winter.

It has a rubber foot with an animal print on the bottom (thus Trax), but you can pull off the rubber foot and there's nice little spike for winter or terrain where you want to make sure the stick doesn't slide. I think there's a basket for it, so it won't sink into the snow, but I'm sure that's been lost to my junk bin many years ago no longer to be found.

The head is a wooden ball that can unscrew, leaving a camera mount on it (to make it a unipod).

I use it because I like to take pictures while hiking (it's great for panoramics, you can level out and just rotate the camera and keep shooting) and for my descents since my knees are shot from 18 years of snowboarding.

Sometimes it gets in the way, but it does collapse down, so you can at least secure it to a pack.

Squid
01-05-2008, 09:31 PM
Oh sorry, looking for one, the new black diamond flick lock poles, everyone who has them seem to really like them, I like two part poles rather than three part because they are stiffer and less to go wrong with them. Some people like the three part poles because they pack really small. There are many poles out there, and going out to different stores and finding which ones you like best is a good way to figure out which ones you like.

Squid
01-05-2008, 09:32 PM
Do you mean natural wood ones, or metal?

I use a Trax collapsible one, that is padded on the upper part of the shaft so you don't freeze to it in winter.

It has a rubber foot with an animal print on the bottom (thus Trax), but you can pull off the rubber foot and there's nice little spike for winter or terrain where you want to make sure the stick doesn't slide. I think there's a basket for it, so it won't sink into the snow, but I'm sure that's been lost to my junk bin many years ago no longer to be found.

The head is a wooden ball that can unscrew, leaving a camera mount on it (to make it a unipod).

I use it because I like to take pictures while hiking (it's great for panoramics, you can level out and just rotate the camera and keep shooting) and for my descents since my knees are shot from 18 years of snowboarding.

Sometimes it gets in the way, but it does collapse down, so you can at least secure it to a pack.

Haha we use the same one for the same reasons!

spyboy
01-05-2008, 09:45 PM
Yeah, after I saved my post I saw yours and laughed.

When I hiked Monadnock last fall, my Trax saved my butt a few times, when I slipped on wet rocks, on the descent. It works great to prop against the rocks infront as you climb down through steeper parts too.

K



Haha we use the same one for the same reasons!

Steve M
01-05-2008, 09:47 PM
I have a set from LL Bean. The only time I use them is coming back down. They are very helpful for saving my knees and feet. They also slow my decent so I don't come down too fast and take a nasty spill.:eek:

Charlie
01-05-2008, 09:58 PM
thanks for your advice .i was looking at some three part ones and some have a spring in them like a shock absorber. i am 6'4" and 380 lb so i need a sturdy one .

Bill O
01-05-2008, 10:09 PM
Here's me and my staff

http://indianajones.ugo.com/images/favorite-moments/staff-of-ra.jpg

It's imperative to get a staff that is the right length otherwise you'll just be digging holes in the desert for nothing.

Charlie
01-05-2008, 10:18 PM
i was looking for one like moses so when i come across a large river i can get across it a little easier :D

Brad
01-06-2008, 12:23 AM
I use poles from REI - 3 section - metal - rubber tip for summer = spike for winter - small basket that stays on all the time- spring loaded - screw off top to make it a camera mount - and extremely light. The cost was around $50 each. My use is for coming down mainly. But for going up they help when it is not a scramble.

Just gave one to my wife to use for walking the dog when the road is very icy. So, I will be hitting REI to get another one.

kaseri
01-06-2008, 07:07 AM
I used to carry a pair of poles for years. Never took them off my pack while in the mountains except maybe for sketchy water crossings and even then it was only one pole if at all. This year I decided to go to a single staff. Although I don't use a single staff any more frequently at least it's a little bit of weight savings.

Steve M
01-06-2008, 09:34 AM
Here's me and my staff

http://indianajones.ugo.com/images/favorite-moments/staff-of-ra.jpg

It's imperative to get a staff that is the right length otherwise you'll just be digging holes in the desert for nothing.
Wow Bill, you look a lot like Harrison Ford.

Charlie
01-06-2008, 10:01 AM
I use poles from REI - 3 section - metal - rubber tip for summer = spike for winter - small basket that stays on all the time- spring loaded - screw off top to make it a camera mount - and extremely light. The cost was around $50 each. My use is for coming down mainly. But for going up they help when it is not a scramble.

Just gave one to my wife to use for walking the dog when the road is very icy. So, I will be hitting REI to get another one.


i was looking at some like the ones you have and they may be the ones i get .
we have a REI close to me so i will have to take a look at them .

Steve M
01-06-2008, 10:46 AM
i was looking at some like the ones you have and they may be the ones i get .
we have a REI close to me so i will have to take a look at them .
Check out LL Beans poles also. You may find them to be the same as the ones at REI. If you like them and you buy them through the LL Bean link found on the webcams page, the MWO gets support for your purchase from LL Bean.

Bill O
01-06-2008, 10:48 AM
Wow Bill, you look a lot like Harrison Ford.

That's what people tell me all the time.

Brad
01-06-2008, 11:29 AM
I was looking for a mono-pod for my camera and found them to be expensive and very heavy. Then I found the REI poles and they are extremely light and cost a lot less.

mtruman
01-06-2008, 11:48 PM
I have bad knees (including one torn ACL) and going downhill is tough for me. Started using treking poles a couple of years ago and it made a huge difference. Always felt like I had something to stabilize me when stepping down. Started off using just one pole and did that for 2 seasons. Bought cheap ($10 each) aluminum poles at Job Lot and they held up surprisingly well. Last year when we were preparing to do a 4 day Presidential traverse I decided it was time to get something more reliable. Got 2 pair of REI Shocklite poles and was very happy we did. http://www.rei.com/product/745690 Much lighter and more comfortable than the cheap aluminum poles and didn't have to worry about them slipping or bending under load.

I mostly like poles for the downhill and since I started using a pair instead of just one I prefer that. I do like them on steep uphills with lots of step-ups as the poles allow me to take some pressure off my knees and use the upper body instead. They get in the way on scrambles though and I tend to strap them to the pack when I don't really need them.

Almost all of poles have shock absorbers and a twist lockout feature to defeat them. Get something with comfortable grips and a good wrist strap that won't chafe. I like the foam grips since they tend to absorb sweat and not get slippery. The REI poles are great for the grip and wrist strap comfort.

Like everything else, I doesn't hurt to give them a try with REI since they will take anything back even after significant use if you don't like it. (No, I don't have any association with REI, I just like this policy and it's why I buy almost all my gear there since it is basically risk free...)


if you use one why do you

it there something to look for when buying one

and what brand or type

Charlie
01-07-2008, 09:01 PM
thanks mturman

i saw those and i to have a bad knee so i think i will go to rei this weekend and look and maybe get them