User Review: EMS Mountaineer Poles
Source: borrowed it
I wanted to love these, but I just don't have the trust in them that I need.
- loosen periodically
These poles do everything I want. They telescope down to a very compact shape and are easy to attach to a pack. Oh, and I feel like the cool hiker when I got a pair attached to the pack.
I don't like these as they lock with a half twist causing a cam to provide tension. Adjusting one section always seems to loosen the other section so it takes longer to adjust the height and then lock and relock each section.
My biggest issue is that once in a while, really not that often, the length adjustment will slip an inch or so. This isn't bad but you tend to not trust the poles much when bracing yourself for a big jump down. Poles that work most of the time but you can't trust when you really need the are lacking.
Just in case you think I'm biased, when I put this pair and a set of Black Diamond trekking poles in the back of the car. The kids fight over who gets the Black Diamonds.