/ Trekking poles
I'm kind of leaning towards standard as it has less to go wrong, is more expensive and is heavier but I've never used poles before so really i have no idea, hopefully someone can help me out
Thanks in advance
I've never seemn the point of antishock, since you place the tip of the pole on the ground, not hammer it in.
After years of being frustrated by none locking or seizing up pole mechanisms (from a variety of supposedly reputable makes) I''d go for flick lock mechanisms every time now.
I had anti-shock, which you can 'turn off', but in fact never used it. I prefer just a straightforward pole. It is also less likely to fail or corrode.
More important in my experience is the locking mechanism. 10 years using the 'internal expansion' Leki ones tells me that they have quite a few problems at times. I would definitely recommend one of the ones which has an external click lock mechanism. Some of the more recent Leki poles have this, and they work well, BD have had it on their poles for yonks.
Also i made a bit of an error in my initial post, i meant to say standard is lighter and cheaper.
I'd avoid anti-shock - more weight and more to go wrong for little benefit.
I've owned and used a number of poles over the years, and I strongly recommend those with external locking, either click or external flick mechanisms. As has been said, BD do these, as do Grivel and Karrimor. These are less likely to jam, and are easier to operate when the poles and your hands are cold and wet.
A couple of weeks ago Sports Direct in Falkirk had carbon fibre poles with external locks for sale at £25 a pair - bargain!
Another vote for teh Black Diamond flick-locks.
Might be worth you buying a cheap set of poles (£5 at Go Outdoors or Aldi's sometimes!) to try them. Find out if you use them often enough to spend more and find out what breaks. It'll give you a better idea of what to look for in an expensive set.
Failing that just get the BD Trail Poles and enjoy :o)
I had lots of problems with twist-lock mechanisms.
Got a pair of the Grivel himalaya trail poles from Rock and Run for £45 the other week, after messing around with cheap twist lock poles before these where so easy to use, folded out and slotted together quickly where super light and not once did i miss having any anti-shock qualities etc about them.
Same here, at least with well designed ones like Leki. I have had flicklocks freeze over, need time and swiss army knife to open them!
Seconding the Grivel Himalayas - very good. Very light, extremely well made and seem to have good mechanicals. Only downside is that the wrist loops aren't adjustable but I'm going to ask my Auntie Gwen to sort that (she's a demon with needle and thread)
Thanks for all the advice.
You might be interested to know that the boss of Leki, Klaus Lenhart (son of Karl Lenhart the company founder) died in an aircraft accident two weeks ago.
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