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    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.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill O
    Here's me and my staff



    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad
    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 .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WSR88D
    Wow Bill, you look a lot like Harrison Ford.
    That's what people tell me all the time.
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    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.
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    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...)

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie
    if you use one why do you

    it there something to look for when buying one

    and what brand or type

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    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
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