REI Traverse AS
Price Paid: $79
I've had these poles for a few years now and I'm reasonably satisfied with them. The good part about them being made out of aluminum is that I stepped on one and bent it and was able to pretty much bend it back.
They are a little heavy at just over 21 oz for the pair but they have been very reliable. I've used them in the winter and had them freeze up but as soon as they warmed up they were fine.
They stay where you put them and you get a good feel for how tight you should make them so they don't slip. Don't set them exactly on the centimeter markers because the paint eventually wears off.
I've use these poles for about 300 miles of hard backpacking and another 200 miles of day hiking. Other than being kind of heavy and squeaking a bit, they have been excellent, dependable poles. Maybe if I clean then thoroughly they'll quiet down!
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These shock-absorbing poles lessen strain on the descent, add power to the ascent and lend stability to hiking over unstable terrain. Strong three-section aluminum shafts extend to 57" and compact to 27" to stow easily in your pack. Twist-locking pole sections let you tailor the length: shorter on the way up, longer on the way down. Built-in shock-absorber cushions your wrists and arms during the descent; absorber lock-out keeps the pole rigid for optimum pushing on the ascent. Soft rubber hand-grips are comfortable and give a sure hold; extra-wide adjustable wrist strap has soft terry cloth padding against your skin. Tips are made of durable carbide for exceptional wear; includes rubber tip protectors to protect your gear when poles are stowed in your pack. Trekking baskets promote stability on soft terrain; twist on and off easily.