REI Traverse Shocklight
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $79.99
REI is awesome, these poles aren't as awesome.
- relatively inexpensive
- locking mechanism
The first time using poles was the first time I used these poles. An avid hiker friend recommended the REI brand, and typically, I think their brand is pretty great. These poles, chosen from the limited selection of women's poles, and for their weight, are nice and lightweight. They are a pretty color.
The locking mechanism on there, though, is not what I had hoped. It is very easy to twist the poles unlocked, which led to a few scary moments on a mountain in the Catskills. The shocks are forgiving, but I didn't really like that aspect, either. Between the locks I didn't trust and the shocks, I felt as though the poles could give way any moment. I have since learned to check and recheck the locks, and they are manageable... though I might want a different brand still.
The two pole length adjusters worked well, and I could easily get the poles to the appropriate height for uphills and downhills. The straps for your hands adjust, too. Not as easily, but once they're set, you're good to go. I didn't have any rubbing on my palms or thumbs, very comfortable.
I lost the baskets immediately. That might be personal error, though. I wasn't paying attention to them. I haven't used any other poles, but I didn't feel the tips were super-grippy, either. The tip slipped along a few rocks when going downhill.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The women's REI Traverse Shocklight trekking poles provide quiet stability and support so you hear the sounds of nature and not the clicks of your poles. Women-specific design is lighter weight and shorter, and features a smaller grip than its unisex counterpart. Shock-absorbing poles reduce fatigue while improving stability; lockout mechanism creates a rigid pole when needed for more efficient climbing. Shocklight shock absorbers weigh less than common spring-loaded mechanisms and won't rattle within the shaft as you walk. Internal twist-lock mechanisms apply a wide area of pressure against pole walls to lock in length adjustment. With the Stop Lock system, poles won't come apart; system makes the pole sections into 1 unit for security and stability. Twist-locking pole sections let you tailor the length to fit your terrain: make them shorter for the way up, longer for the way down. Strong 7075-T6 aluminum 3-section telescoping poles extend to a maximum length of 49.2 in. and compact to 26 in. for easy storage and transport. Soft EVA foam hand grips are sized for a woman's hands and have an ergonomic, contoured shape that is easy to hold; adjustable padded neoprene wrist straps add support. Fitted with trekking discs and extra-durable tungsten carbide tips; included tip protectors are strictly for travel/packing protection, not intended for hiking.