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  • LuJon
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    I looked at that trek pod thing and figured I would destroy it. It also didn't seem that steady as a tripod.

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  • hre814
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    nice piece. i couldn't find how low it will go, meaning whether you have to use it from standing height all the time.

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  • CGSwimmer25
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    Has anyone seen/used the Leupold Trek Pod 2? I just came across it online, it is an adjustable trekking pole and has 3 legs stored in it that fold out as a tripod for your spotting scope/camera. Also comes with a piece to put your gun on as a rest. Seems like a pretty good idea.

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  • hre814
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    interesting mountaineering ax, marketed as a 'potty trowel'. if you are going to spend $140 on a mountaineering ax, buy one that is actually tested for use as a self-arrest tool.

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  • Wolfeye
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    another ice axe to choose from

    Not a trekking pole, but it might be worth looking into:
    http://www.ula-equipment.com/helix.htm
    It's technically not an ice axe either (too light to be certified, I guess), but it sounds more useful than a trekking pole.

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  • hre814
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    if you need them for packing out game, don't worry about 14 oz versus 17 oz, etc. after a few seasons on the leki poles, when the twist mechanism starts to give with pressure and you have to replace the piece, you'll have wished for the BDs. or better yet, be on day 4 of a 7-10 day trip and have that twist mechanism decide it doesn't want to cooperate. the makalus (sp?) are good poles, i started off with those and after that got the ultralite ones. the BD poles are night and day, no regrets.

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  • oakman
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    Leki

    Go to Wiggy's and get the Leki Makalu's that Marc has there. As far as I know what he has there are the lightest and strongest poles they make.

    I've used mine for 2 seasons now and they are absolutely great.

    Richard

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  • 454casull
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    Stubai




    This is what i like. It sure is nice to have the axe for self arrest on the steep stuff if needed. These are built very stout. The inner telescoping leg on the Stubai is stronger than the Petzl Snowscopic. It would take more than I could give it for the Stubai to collapse unwanted or to bend.

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  • Wolfeye
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    I just had to chime in because I recently bought my first pair. I just bought a set of adjustables from Gossamer Gear, and they only weigh about 3 1/2 oz each. I plan on only taking one at a time to use it as a walking stick. They're simple to operate, and they're compatible with Leki brand baskets.

    Are they for everybody? Probably not. I'm a slender guy (150 lbs wet) and only carry a 20 lb. pack, so I figure I can get away with lightweights. I had it narrowed down to these or a pair by Titanium Goat, but TG's were out of stock.

    For years I saw no need for a stick - I'm part goat & grew up scrambling on beaches and up mountains, and haven't fallen since I was a kid. But now I have bunions.

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  • hre814
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    if you are a big guy and will be carrying a 100+lb load, i would suggest looking at the BD ski poles. two pieces and little thicker. a lot more bombproof then their hiking poles. i have both types. also if you will be in steep country with shale, scree, grassy slopes, you can look at the BD Whippet. a two piece self-arresting ski pole. some folks carry an 80 cm+ moutaineering ax sheep hunting, etc. i have one that i use when skiing that involves steeper areas with a windblown crust for example, where you have the potential to keep sliding for some time. i plan on using it on a sheep or goat hunt, depending on the terrain, with or without another BD ski pole, haven't decided if i will take two or one poles. i really like the whippet pole. the trail series hiking or ski pole though is the way to go for cheapest yet useful pole. the carbon ones i don't recommend under a very heavy load. tons of options out there, but go with BD flicklock systems at all joints, as some of the joints on their poles have the binary system which will slip at some point.

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  • Browningguy9
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    sounds good! thanks all!

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  • LuJon
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    Originally posted by stratofisher View Post
    Blackdiamond trail model is what I would recommend. It is flicklock and avoids the binary on the lower level. Some of the fancy Black Diamonds have the flicklock with the binary lock on the bottom joint. Many posts state that the binary is a source of trouble. I am happy with my trail models.
    Good info here ^^^^
    I got the BD Countour eliptical poles, I am a big guy and they were the best balance of weight/price /strength in my opinion. I am a big guy 6'5" 265#+ before you load me up with camp and 1/2 a black bear for a 3K' decent, so tough was a big concern! I have heard a few people say good things about the binary lower pole but the internet is riddled with reports of them having problems. I chose to avoid it. The Binary costs more and could be a potential weakness so Flick lock top to bottom for me! Never slipped or bent and I have put some serious weight on them!

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  • stratofisher
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    Blackdiamond trail model is what I would recommend. It is flicklock and avoids the binary on the lower level. Some of the fancy Black Diamonds have the flicklock with the binary lock on the bottom joint. Many posts state that the binary is a source of trouble. I am happy with my trail models.

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  • danattherock
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    I got some good info on the hiking forum a while back when I asked about which trekking poles to get. Black Diamond flint lock was the conclussion I made. Sound advice in the reply before me here. Below is the thread...

    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ad.php?t=44851

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  • hre814
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    black diamond flicklock poles. if you want sturdier ones, go with their two piece ski poles. if you want poles that are going to let you down, go with leki twistlock system or another twist lock system. also, check for other threads and posts, this has been covered several times in the last 6 months or so

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