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Trekking Poles - Carbon Fiber vs. Aluminum

CHOOSING BETWEEN CARBON AND ALUMINIUM WALKING POLES As with most decisions about lightweight equipment there are tradeoffs, and your best choice will depend on your budget, your height and weight, ...
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Should I use one or two trekking poles?

They weight of the extra pole is counteracted by the energy saved using it. Poles do more than offer stability, they also save you legs precious energy on the climb, and on the descent. At 16,000ft ...
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Should I use one or two trekking poles?

If you get a pair, you can choose whether to actually use one or both for a particular day. I recommend that you buy a pair well before your expedition, and use them enough to you learn your ...
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Why don't trail runners use walking poles?

There are plenty of trail runners who do use poles. They do give you an advantage so some races ban them. If they are banned in a race, training with poles could well be a disadvantage, at least if ...
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Is it bad to rely on trekking poles?

It's highly unlikely that using poles will make anything worse. You still have to place your feet as carefully and in the same sort of position (training for technique/precision). Your legs still do ...
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Whippet as trekking pole?

I don't see why you couldn't. One key difference between ski poles and trekking poles is trekking poles often have a little shock absorber in them and ski poles never do. If you don't care about the ...
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Trekking Poles - Carbon Fiber vs. Aluminum

When comparing shafts made in the same thickness with the same level of finish and quality of production, carbon will be lighter and stronger compared to aluminium. That said, it is rarely the case ...
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What are the advantages of different locks for collapsible trekking poles?

@Liam's answer above is great but I wanted to add one additional con of the clap lock system. You need a screw driver to adjust the tightness of clap based poles so you probably can't do it in the ...
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Whippet as trekking pole?

The Whippet is marketed as: ... the ultimate ski mountaineering tool ... that can help keep minor slips from turning into slides for life. For ski mountaineering, it is not feasible to carry an ...
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Is it bad to rely on trekking poles?

If I'm understanding your question, you're asking if using trekking poles will result in poorer conditioning compared to walking without poles. There is good research evidence that using poles will ...
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How can I re-fit a hiking pole that came apart?

I'm assuming you have a screw/twist locking pole, which has been dismantled, and when you put it back together no amount of twisting makes it lock. If you can't get it back together at all, see Liam'...
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What sort of glue (if any) to use to fix replacement tips onto carbon fibre trekking poles?

Outcome: In the end I followed the instructions and simply tapped the new pole tip on with a sharp strike of the pole onto hard flagstone pavement. With hindsight, I wonder if it would have been best ...
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What sort of glue (if any) to use to fix replacement tips onto carbon fibre trekking poles?

I have Komperdell all-carbon trekking/skiing poles on which one of the points got loose. Since I preferred Black Diamond baskets, I punched the second tip off the other pole and replaced both. I used ...
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What sort of glue (if any) to use to fix replacement tips onto carbon fibre trekking poles?

There's a website that give advice on gluing different materials. For gluing plastic to metal, it states, LePage's Metal Epoxy J-B Weld Faststeel Epoxy Putty if you have gaps to fill Clamping ...
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At a low price point, should I buy one more upmarket trekking pole, or two lower quality ones?

My personal opinion back when I was a lot younger would have been to get the upmarket one. The whole "you get what you pay for" ball of wax, but that was when most products were made for ...
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At a low price point, should I buy one more upmarket trekking pole, or two lower quality ones?

I have both an expensive set and economy set of poles. Strangely enough, the higher priced set has had the most issues (guards popping off, etc) although they are lighter in weight. If choosing one ...
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Cross-country style baskets for Black Diamond collapsible poles

The Leki Contour-Basket small (75 mm) fit the poles and have worked quite well for me so far:
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Trekking poles making odd noise

Wrap scotch magic tape around the the pole that slides inside.One or two wraps is enough. Only wrap on the very end and just this side of "Stop".
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