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Masters Kompressor 145

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Masters Kompressor 145 rigid trekking pole

I've been backpacking twice a year for about 15+ years in the Smokey Mt. Range and once in the Tetons, so I put all my equipment to the test.

I liked the KP-145 for its weight, balance and sturdiness in supporting me when I needed to lean on them (I’m a rather big guy 6’2” 210 lbs). The poles spring design also helped me climb long uphill switchbacks.

Overall the design seems good except for one thing (in my case anyway); I sweat profusely. After a long 6 to 10 mile hike my sweat constantly runs down my arms, off my hands and consequently down the trekking pole.

The KP-145’s were working great until about the 3rd year when I discovered that the salt (sodium) from my sweat had built up inside the telescoping tubes and totally corroded the aluminum expansion threads and literally fused the red plastic locking ring to the aluminum threads. The result was that I could no longer adjust the poles length. Unfortunately I had them totally collapsed when I discovered it seized and couldn’t use it that way (too short).

I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me where (if) I can find replacements parts for the poles. I really liked them and would hate to throw them out. Thanks.

John Newman – Oxford, Ohio

Price Paid: $80

I have had this since about 1990 and I am now 73 and use them weekly—I love these poles I bought some new ones and gave them to my husband who has not used any poles yet. They are fine, but not as heavy as the original ones.


  • Good compression
  • Sturdy


  • I cannot find replacement baskets for them since I sank mine into mud and pulled it out and the basket was missing.

They have been at my side for all walks/treks for almost 30 years. I depend on them.

I want to find a new basket and tip for one pole...


I replaced them with a new one and immediately was either going to return them, but my husband liked them.

Source: bought it new

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