User Review: Swiss Gear Hiking Pole
Trekking poles are going to take some abuse; that goes without saying. For that reason, I was hesitant to spend $75 or more on a pair. I've never been a pole user, but I've been meaning to try them out because of the benefits they provide on scree, stream-crossings, steep terrain, etc. Not to mention their use as tarp poles. In the past, I just couldn't get myself to buy those SwissGear poles because of the silly compass in the grip. I wanted a tool, not a toy. On a recent trip to Wally World I noticed that they ditched the compass and now have cork grips.
I bought two and have only taken them on a day hike so far, but I made a point to abuse them a little and they didn't die. The grips are actually quite comfortable, and the twist-locks held. I'm not crazy about the shock-absorbing feature, maybe because I'm so used to the firm plant of a ski pole, but that's a personal preference thing and not a ding on the poles. I'm curious to see how they hold up in the long term. So far, these things actually do the job, and at less than $10 each that's not bad.