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I was thinking as I was responding to a thread about trekking poles. These in my book are a very important item. Lets just say they have saved my tail quite a few times and I will not hit the trail w/o out them. Whether it be a multi-day, or a day hike they are with me.
So Trailspace, what do ya use and why? What are your pros and cons to the models ya use, and if you would change anything what would it be and if ya want to throw in how just for good measure fire away.
I use Leki's Thermolite Aergon XL Antishock. I love these poles.
- They are light. 17oz for the pair.
- The Aergon grip is awesome. Great grip when wet, and no chafing, rubbing, hotspots, etc. Biggest plus, they are comfortable for me and they clean up easily.
- The carbon tips on them stick where you plant them. Wet, dry, etc. it doesn't matter.
- The grip extension is around 7.5". I will not buy poles w/o some sort of extension. This is very helpful on uphills when ya really do not feel or want to adjust your poles to suit the terrain you are on.
- They are highly adjustable. The length can range from 135cm on the + side to 65cm collapsed. Kids could use these.
- The short anti-shock system works very well. From an estimate there is around 1" of travel. They don't bottom out and they have enough dampening to eliminate vibration. I only liked pogo-sticks as a kid.
- The wrist straps are extremely comfortable and highly adjustable.
- The baskets are just about the perfect size for mud.
- Leki has developed a monopod adapter for the Aergon grip.
- The snow baskets for these are easily changed(screw on/off.)
- They are strong. They support well over 300lbs each.
- The Super Lock system works well. I have heard of issues people have had with this system but I have not encountered a problem to date.
I wouldn't change anything on this model. Leki also has a great warranty(if not the best in the business.) Not to mention for what these poles cost they are a bit cheaper than most hospital visit co-pays.