Gossamer Gear LT5 Three Piece Carbon Trekking Poles
Light and comfortable! This is an initial review with…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $195 including shipping
Light and comfortable!
- None yet!
This is an initial review with only one day, so if durability becomes problematic, I will update the review.
I typically hate poles. They have been an annoyance more than a help. Unfortunately, my knees disagree with that statement. I tried BD's Distance Carbon FLZ and disliked the grip, the fixed basket, and the tent pole folding mechanism. The BD Alpine Carbon Cork felt nice, but goes against my fear of heavy poles getting in the way of a nice hike.
The Gossamer LT5's are easy to set up—just extend the bottom to the mark that says "stop" and twist. Then extend the next segment to the marked length of your choice. 130cm is max and at 5'11" I use about 125. The wrist strap is very comfortable and functional. The carbon poles have just the right amount of stiffness and flex for me at 185 lbs. They have good vibration dampening and are quiet compared to other poles I have tried.
The grips are really comfortable and perform great in the wet. I also like the easy twist lock and telescoping pole as having a poison oak phobia (for good reason) I don't want the business end anywhere near the grips.
Summary: Expensive, yes. Performance, among the best. Durability and low maintenance? Time will tell... Did I mention light?!