These moderately priced telescoping trekking poles work are lightweight, easy to adjust but have a few areas that could be improved. Still they are durable and a good value. If still debating whether you are a pole person or not, check out: Converting to the Cult of Trekking Poles
- Cost: About 48 euro
- Weight: 216 grams/7.6 oz.
- Material: aluminum
- Length: 62 (closed)- 135 cm/24.4″(closed) 53.1″
- Conditions evaluated in: winter snowshoe, summer treks and trail runs
Each pole comes with two adjustment levers. The patented grip system is easy to use and rarely does not keep the poles at the designated height. There were markings printed on the poles at 10 cm intervals, however after just a few months of use they have faded and so one must line up one pole to the other to adjust the two length sections if you want them the same.
The poles have an soft cushioned handle, better grip for sweaty or wet hands than plastic. The grip area is also extended for those who may want to grab their poles further down. I haven’t had need for this but I can imagine some would like the extra long grip area.
This pole comes with plastic tip covers for use when there is no snow. The plastic tips reduce the sound made of the metal points on dry rock and are less likely for the pole to slip away when used on rock, however for grass the plastic tips have the opposite effect and their ability to stay in place makes them hard to remove on the fly so for the someone fickle with pole tip preferences they are not as easy to adjust for varying situations. The same is true for the baskets, which will stay in place even if tugged on by rocks and ice. The baskets also have a relatively small diameter so when in deep, softer snow they don’t do much to keep the pole from sinking deep.
One of the pole straps came undone and it is not possible to remove the cap of the pole to rethread the pole strap. Probably one day I will have to sit down with a safety pin and try to thread the strap back through the hidden plastic bar. Gipron should make it easier to rethread the straps, especially if at some point they need to be replaced.