Your thoughts on hiking poles

10:41 p.m. on August 29, 2019 (EDT)
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i just bought a new pair on 2019 BD Pro shock hiking poles. 

I always thought that on telescopic poles that you expand the upper section to the maximum ( the strongest section ) then set your length with the lower half ( the thinner section ) 

Or could I be wrong

 Because these new BD poles are rigged to be setup the opposite way . Maximize the bottom and adjust the length with the upper. 

Thoughts

5:57 a.m. on August 30, 2019 (EDT)
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My BD alpine cork poles adjust equally on each section. They have cm marks and both get adjusted the same amount. 

7:28 a.m. on August 30, 2019 (EDT)
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I assume the maker marked them as they designed them to be used. My Easton's were marked for dual adjustment. My Komperdell's are marked to extend the lower section to a set point and adjustment is done with the top section only.

7:20 p.m. on August 30, 2019 (EDT)
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The way these new ones work is that you have to pull out the lower section all the way then they lock Into place.  There is no flip locking mechanism. Then adjust the upper to length. 

2:16 a.m. on August 31, 2019 (EDT)
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From a structural POV it seems logical to lengthen the top section first.  But perhaps the designers placed priority on performance, in which case lengthening the lower to its maximum would move the balance point higher on the pole, reducing the swing weight, making for a more responsive pole flick, when advancing the tip to its next placement. 

Ed

6:12 a.m. on August 31, 2019 (EDT)
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Based on that description Paul I'd assume the shock aborber is built into the connection between bottom and middle sections. It may have made sense to make that a specific set point rather than adjustable.

2:20 p.m. on September 12, 2019 (EDT)
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I use my BD poles by setting them both to the same or similar settings.  I actually set the lower one to a setting 5cm shorter than the top setting but basically they are about the same.  I'm pretty sure that's what BD recommends.  I went through a couple pairs of them in the first year I had them, once due to a fall, the other when the pole got stuck in a steep downhill while my body kept going, but since I've set them in this way I've had no problem.

7:57 p.m. on September 13, 2019 (EDT)
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If you look at there new pro shock pole. You realize that is no longer what BD recommends. 

7:21 p.m. on October 8, 2019 (EDT)
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As a hillwalker IMO poles should "lock not shock". Non-locking poles will fail, especially if you're like me & mine and doing a lot of mountainous descents. Really stresses them. Again the stability and reliability of non-shock is something I go for, as do others I know.

Things might be different for flatter terrain or long-distance hikes.

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