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Outdoor Retailer: Trekking Poles

If you’ve gone shopping for trekking poles lately, you’re probably all-too aware of the numerous options available in grips, shocks, pole materials, and locking mechanisms – often obliquely named and presented in a dizzying array of combinations. Well, here are two more options to add to the mix:

Leki’s new Aergon grip adds an oval bulb to the top of the grip, so the pole can be held comfortably either as a trekking pole or comfortably palmed as a staff. The top of the Aergon grip is rubberized and textured for a secure grip, and it’s hollow to keep pole weight down. The Aergon grip will be available in February atop both cork and synthetic grips on 11 Leki models.

Komperdell has modified the top of their grips in an altogether different way with the Snaplock system, a trigger-like latch that allows you to adjust the height of the poles without ever taking your hands off the grips. Flick the Snaplock lever up with your forefinger and the pole unlocks; push down on the grip to shorten the pole, or lift up and a spring assist lengthens it. When the pole is at the right height, just pull the trigger to lock it in. The Snaplock pole will be available with both cork and synthetic grips.


I like Leki's approach with the bulb on top, I often grip my poles by the top on descents. I'll have to go by Half Moon and try them out when they arrive.

I have an 'Exped Hiker', which has a flat, wood top that screws off to reveal a camera thread. It was half the price of a Leki, from a photography-specific website and has so far been more durable than the basic Leki pole. It would be nice to see a Black Diamond quick-lock pole with a 'palm' top and a foam stem.
I took the removable strap off the Exped so I can use it with both hands (I am of the one pole school of trekking).

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