Pole About

I was recently handed down two poles that I'm fabulous sure are for trekking. The brand is Komperdell. They are each one-piece (not retractable) and are 130 cm long. The tip is metal and fairly pointed – tapers down do about a half centimeter. Also, the baskets are very soft that consist of only 3 skinny (1. 5 cm) flaps. Is this a trekking pole. After speaking to others on the web, I found the answer. Glad you didn't spend the money yourself. The difference between the two is as much as $100 I agree with Mountain man in that a stick is just as functional as the $100 dollar walking pole you buy for ridiculously higher prices then a standard ski pole you can get in a yard sale for fifty cents. Hiking sticks/poles do assist in helping you stabilize your walking, definitely if you have a heavy load and on steep terrain. Most of your high end hiking poles are also adjustable like a wood stick is. The little pads on ski poles and hiking poles are meant to keep your pole from sinking into snow or soft soils neither of which should you be hiking through like meadows and off trail. The carbide tips wear out like anything else and are expensive to replace and can puncture a foot if your not careful. Some models even have warning labels for that. As for the alternate option wood stick, you can keep the wood stick you get for free and save hundreds of dollars, add a nail at the tip for grabbing power and a piece of leather to your wood stick for a hand strap and save hundreds of dollars, carve your own moniker onto your stick and save hundreds of dollars, add a feather for decoration and wind weather sensor and still save hundreds of dollars. You can also attach trail medallions to a wood stick and be a show off with all the places you've been and still save 100s of dollars. So the short answer is don't waste the money, and it's good you didn't, go grab a stick.

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2 Replies to “Pole About”

  1. Wow, well apparently someone did not like my answer earlier, so let's try this again. . . It is difficult to tell the difference between a ski pole and trekking pole without seeing it in person. Ski poles aren't collapsible while most trekking poles are. Komperdell makes high quality trekking and ski poles, so the manufacturer doesn't narrow it down either, unfortunately. The fact is, however, that it doesnt matter too much if it is a trekking pole or ski pole. Several people start out with ski poles as they are mainly cheaper than trekking poles. The advantages of trekking poles above ski poles are typically that they are collapsible and not quite as stiff. However, whatever the poles may be, seeing as they were free and from a good company, they will be worth using at least to try out. Depending on your height, 130 cm may be too long, but that's something you'll have to find out by trial and error. Best of luck.Trekking poles are extremely beneficial and many people that disparage them have never used them or do not go backpacking with heavy enough packs or for long enough distances to appreciate the benefits. Trekking poles have advantages over sticks in many many ways. . . They are stiffer, straighter, stronger, have carbide tips for much better grip, you dont need to be in the woods to have one, they have wrist loops you can rest your palms, they are adjustable and have baskets for snow and mud.

  2. I'm going to have to agree with everything Cody said. I'd often point out any misinformation on any of the other answers though. The carbide tips are a HUGE advantage on trekking poles. The will give the poles traction on smooth, wet rock. A nail isn't likely to do this (unless it's carbide) and will probably end up breaking. Also, if you follow the principals of Leave No Trace you would likely not be taking anything from the wilderness home with you. If the carbide tips wear out on your trekking poles you can purchase new ones for under $20 for most brands. It takes a LONG time to wear these out so don't worry too much about that. To answer your original question I would say that you've ski poles since they are not adjustable. Don't worry too much about it. If they are the right size for you just use them as trekking poles. If you decide that you like them upgrade to any nice light collapsable poles. . . Or go find a couple of nice sticks somewhere.