I'm looking to get a new pair of trekking poles for my next trek as I find them an invaluable tool on longer hikes with higher pack load. It seems others and science agree to some degree at least, so I might even spend a bit of money and get me some expensive ones...

In the realm of telescopic trekking poles I have so fare seen two main systems to 'lock' the separate telescopic segments against one-another:

  • Clamp system
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  • Screw system
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of the two systems?

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    in my experience the main benefit of the screw system is that it breaks all the time
    – tomfumb
    Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 16:43
  • Clamps all the way. Everyone I know with the screw type have broken one. Look for the adjustable clamps, then you know they'll be good forever.
    – ShemSeger
    Commented Feb 28, 2017 at 3:53
  • Ah, I searched for a while but somehow missed the duplicate. Sorry about that.
    – fgysin
    Commented Feb 28, 2017 at 6:57


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