Gabel XW Photo Compass
I have been using a Gabel Photo pole since 2002. I…
Price Paid: ~ $60
I have been using a Gabel Photo pole since 2002. I mount my GPSr on the pole and use the pole as a camera mount too.
Pros: The poles have a number of features I like.
- The adjustment threads are quicker than most brands and hold quite well.
- The finish on the aluminum is very durable, it has held up great.
- A big plus is the removable ball on the camera 1/4-20 camera mount does not have the wrist strap mounted in it. The wrist strap stays on the pole even if you remove the knob.
- The carbide tips have held up great over the years.
I bought my first Gabel pole back in 2002 and liked it so much I tried to buy a second one. But the USA distribution for Gabel Trekking poles had collapsed and you could not find one anywhere. Finally about 2008 I found that they were available again in the USA. I ordered two.
Cons: Lack of different basket styles, sizes and the limited buying outlets for Gabel products.
Here's what other sites are saying:
The Gabel XW Photo Compass is a multipurpose single staff for basic trekking on moderate terrain. A wooden knob, on top of the grip, unscrews to expose built in mono-pod camera mount! It also has a built in compass to help you find your way! Comfortable, molded foam grip with webbing wrist straps that easily adjust with a 3/4" ladder lock buckle. 3-section, 7075 Series heat-treated Aluminum shafts have diameters of 18/16/14mm and adjust from 70-168cm (28"-67"). Gabel's TPL-Top Locking System has been developed through 50 years of manufacturing telescoping poles and continues to be one of the most reliable locking systems in the world with a hold of more then 150kg (330lbs). A couple of simple twists is all it takes to quickly adjust your poles.The carbide flextips are replaceable and offer the most secure hold on any terrain and surface. Includes rubber tip attachment for use indoors and on pavement (rubber tips removes easily as carbide tip should be exposed for trail use). Color: Green/Black. Pack Length: 28". Weight: 10.2 oz. each. Sold individually. Made in Italy.Camera/Compass Grip: molded foam grip. Wooden knob with built in compass unscrews to reveal a threaded mono-pod camera mount.Adjustable straps: adjust easily with the use of 3/4" ladder lock bucklesTPL-Top Locking System: developed through 50 years of manufacturing telescoping poles and continues to be one of the most reliable locking systems in the world with a hold of more then 150kg (330lbs)Carbide Flextips: concave, cylindrical tips offer secure hold on all terrain and surfaces; Carbide is extremely hard and durable; entire tip ferrule (Flextip) is replaceable. Interchangeable Basket System: baskets easily thread on and off; different size basket options allow poles to be customized for all seasons, all activities (trekking, snowshoe, backcountry touring, etc). Trekking Lite baskets included.