Helinox Causeway Groove Lock
These poles are a joy to use because they are so lightweight…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $121 for a pair
These poles are a joy to use because they are so lightweight and the groove lock makes them fully adjustable while not giving way even when doing serious off-trail hiking. They are best for any type of hiking or moderate backpacking.
- Extremely lightweight
- Groove lock keeps pole from slipping
- Adjustable to fit short or tall people
- Metal poles do not buckle or break
- Will fit in a medium duffel when collapsed
- The poles don't feel as rigid as some others
- The handle can break under extreme stress
I have been using these poles for the last two years on both trail hikes and off-trail hikes, as well as backpacks both on and off trail. What I like best about them is that they are incredibly lightweight, so I don't tire as easily on an all-day trek. The grip is so comfortable that I don't often use the straps. They are fully adjustable, so both me (short) and my partner (tall) are able to use them.
They are great for travel, as they collapse to a length that can easily fit in a medium size duffel. The groove locks work great, and I have never had them slip, even when the poles are wet or muddy. The tip works well on most surfaces; only on sheer rock have I noticed a slippage. The feel of the poles is slightly more flexible than some other rigid poles I've used in the past, but I consider that a plus. I am not aware of any accessories for this model, nor do they have shocks.
I love these poles because they are so sturdy, lightweight, and comfortable. Last December, the top part of the handle broke off under extreme stress during an off-trail backpack, which is why I can recommend them for any type of hiking, but only moderate backpacking. Even with the top part broken off, there still was enough of the handle left to grip the pole and finish out the backpack.
However, it is a testament to my high regard for these poles that I immediately went out and bought another pair (so now I have a spare in case this ever happens again).