Trekking pole things- what's good around £50 for a pair

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  • slowoldgit
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    Alpkit? I have a pair of their previous run of carbon fibre jobbies and like them.

    Six foot also, and I dislike the idea of sprung ones because I’d rather have the feel of solid contact.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    My brother’s just broken his cheapo ones so I thought I’d get him a slightly less rotten set… I know nowt about such things, I know his current set has no antishock and he does occasionally mutter about sore hands. He’s about 6 foot and mostly leg so tiny is probably no good.

    Any suggestions?

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    I don’t like the anti-shock either.

    Premier Icon Trekster
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    You also need to know what type and shape of grip he prefers 💡 no different than us bikers bar grip preference in that respect. Took MrsT ages to decide on a grip too suit her 🙄

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    He will not have the slightest idea re grips, tbh, he got the ones he has because they’re the cheapest he could find, and he’s not tried anything else. Current ones are nasty moulded plastic things like you’d fine on a £3 umbrella. But lets assume standard grips not t-handle types.

    Don’t think alpkit do one now.

    vorlich
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    Fizan from Ultralight Outdoor gear if you want light ones, mine are lighter than the carbon ones they replaced.
    http://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/trekking_poles.html

    Or Black Diamond Traverse if you want something more robust, with flicklok.
    http://www.theoutdoorshop.com/showPart.asp?part=PN5318

    Philby
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    Leki have a good range – http://www.leki.co.uk/

    slowoldgit
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    Sorry about that. I believe the CF takes out some of the jolts that ally would transmit. I like a cork handle and a wide strap which I adjust to take some of the weight on the edges of my hands. Padded-palm bike gloves help too on a long day.

    boblo
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    @vorlich Those Fizan’s are nice and light but they don’t stand much abuse. I have a pair that I used when I did my Munro round and every part of each one has been changed at least twice.

    The BD Z poles are worth looking at if you can find a pair within your budget.

    vorlich
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    I’ve had no probs with my Fizans, other than a bit of corrosion internally due to lack of TLC. Have been fine for a chubster like myself and used to pitch my TrailStar too. Although admittedly, I’m not out every weekend like some folk…

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    Great, thanks folks- decided to take a slight chance on the Fizans and assume that the set he broke were just bad, rather than him being hard on kit. I guess we will find out :mrgreen: Much appreciated

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