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These lightweight telescoping poles are highly adaptable…

Disclosure: The author of this review received a sample of the product from the brand or its representative in exchange for a review.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I kept the product after testing.)

Summary

These lightweight telescoping poles are highly adaptable and adjustable. They performed well and were very easy to transport in carry-on or checked luggage. The power lock mechanism afforded very convenient and secure length adjustment. Great for international or local hiking.

Pros

  • Lightweight aluminum
  • Rapid accurate adjustability
  • All terrain and snow capable
  • Easily transportable

Cons

  • Aluminum may not be strong enough for some
  • Wrist strap adjustment took some study to figure out

These STABIL Stride four-season hiking poles were provided for trial and trial I did—Mammoth Mountain for summer hiking and forested terrain, Castle Peak at Donner Summit for rocks and steep terrain, and Mont Blanc for glacier and varied terrain. They performed well in each of these situations.  


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The easily adjustable telescoping aluminum poles feature a 'secure locking' mechanism that seems more effective than the twist type I had previously used. Very quick and very precise adjustments. The wrist straps are easily adjustable (after I figured it out).

The contoured cork handles are intended to shape to your grip over time, but I have not noticed that in the four expeditions I have been on. They are comfortable as is, however. The poles do not have shocks but, again, they offered excellent stability and support for me. 

The basket and rubber tips are easily replaceable. 


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The above picture was captured from the Stabil website for the benefit of the reader.


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These poles are fairly rigid but no different from other aluminum poles I have used for years.


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These poles are $47.95 a pair (before taxes and shipping) directly from the company.

 

Disclosure: The reviewer received a sample of this product from the brand or its representatives in exchange for a review.

Steve Mullen INCENTIVIZED REVIEWER

John, How long are they when they are totally collapsed?


3 years ago
John Compisi INCENTIVIZED REVIEWER

Steve, Collapsed they are 65cm or 25.6". They packed very easily because you can disassemble them and the max length drops to less than 20".


3 years ago
Bob Freeman

Nice review. I also prefer the locking mechanism, such as their "secure power lock" the you describe, rather than a twist lock. Is the locking mechanism "finger adjustable", i.e. if it gets loose where it will not lock tight enough, can you adjust it tighter in the field with your fingers (no tool required)? I have a set of Leki poles that are field adjustable, and that's an important feature.


3 years ago
John Compisi INCENTIVIZED REVIEWER

Bob, These are not field adjustable. You need a tool to tighten the secure power lock.


3 years ago
Linda Compisi INCENTIVIZED REVIEWER

John, I have these poles as well and I really like them. They are very sturdy.


3 years ago

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