Archived – Trekking Poles

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Trekking Poles

Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 12:10PM

Yesterday I finally picked up 2 new trekking poles. My old single pole had started to lose it’s locking mechanism so it slowly got shorter as I leaned on it. Amusing but not very useful! A trip to the Brecon Beacons in Feb this year convinced me that 2 poles is a necessity rather than a luxury, especially on steep hillsides. Plus my back injury from October last year has made going downhill uncomfortable, something double trekking poles will help alleviate.

The poles are made by Lexi. Made of titanium they are crazy light compared to my old one. Like my previous pole they have anti-shock.

They have a really nice handle which works well with how I tend to (mis)hold trekking poles with my thumbs on top. Took one out today on the morning dog walk around our local woods but it wasn’t really a proper test. First impressions are that the lightness is incredible. Waving these things around is like holding a pencil, not a great long pole. Can’t wait to try them out in earnest.

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2 thoughts on “Archived – Trekking Poles

  1. The Leki grips are nice. People around here seem to get them though more because of brand-recognition. I got Black Diamond and really have enjoyed them for almost 1 yr, now. They sure will save you on a muddy downhill trail, even while keeping the tips pointed backwards.

    It’s the straps, though, more than the grips or the locking mechanism (twist or snap), or the shock absorbers or if they have lower padding for incidental out-of-strap moments.

    It’s all in the straps, I’ve come to believe. The Boomyah trim-n-trek poles have the coolest looking arrangement which works equally well for Nordic Walking and hiking (see I’m so tempted to buy a pair of their straps, which they sell separately, and then figure out a way to make them work with my poles. With regular hiking pole straps, you can never really completely let go of either grip without the pole hanging from your wrist. With Nordic walking straps, an upper loop runs over the top of the arch of the hand, between the thumb and forefinger. It lets you release the back pole completely while bringing forward again to plant, grip and thrust back. The ability to alternate between gripping and releasing is way better than keeping a grip on both poles all of the time.


    • Hi John,

      Interesting thoughts, thanks for your comment.

      I’m not happy with the lekis and have been drafting a post about them. The locking mechanism keeps messing up and becoming unscrewed and to fix it in the wilds with gloves on would be impossible. Luckily only happened at home so far but still. I tried to video the issue but typically they wouldn’t misbehave on camera!

      I’ve naturally been drawn back to using an old fashioned heavy wooden stick with a leather loop at the top. No good for true hill walking though so I’ll have a look into your suggested nordic loop ideas when I eventually get around to selling & replacing the lekis.

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