Gear to buy: adjustable trekking poles

Criteria in rough order of importance to me:

  • Short enough.  Should be able to shorten to 110 cm for pitching my tent.
  • Long enough.  Should be at least 125 cm (ideally 130 cm) so they are long enough for me to use while walking.
  • Compactable.  Should break down to at least 60 cm since I will often carry them on my pack.
  • Durable.  I have broken two carbon fiber poles.  I have only bent aluminum poles.
  • Lightweight.  Obviously.
  • Reliable lock.  Twist locks are less reliable.
  • Monopod.   I would love to be able to use the pole as a poor-man’s tripod.  http://briangreen.net/2011/07/trekking-pole-camera-mounts.html
  • Non-conductive.  Carbon fiber offers a very, very, very small advantage since it is marginally less conductive than aluminum.

Spreadsheet in Google Drive:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dmE-wM_Ji1radPctUKrxhwAe0cCTkTji4OgEbUvXJko/edit?usp=sharing

Manufacturer Name Weight of one pole (grams) Max length (cm) Min length (extended) Collapsed length Lock type Collapsing mechanism Material Has camera mount add-on Cost
Ruta Locura Yana 96 130 76 Twist Collapse Carbon Yes $75.00
Ruta Locura Yana Three-Piece 113 137 104 50 Twist Collapse Carbon Yes $87.50
Gossamer Gear LT4 116 140 90 84 Twist Collapse Carbon Yes $87.50
Helinox (Big Agnes) Passport Twist Lock 120 142 120 53 Twist Collapse Aluminum alloy $60.00
Locus Gear CP3 147 135 65 Lever Collapse Carbon $65.00
Fizan Compact 159 132 58 58 Twist Collapse Aluminum alloy
Komperdale Carbon Ultralite Vario 4 Compact 166 125 105 39 Lever Folding Carbon
Komperdale Carbon Ultralite Vario 4 172 145 120 45 Lever Folding Carbon
Helinox (Big Agnes) Passport Tension Lock Adjustable 184 130 ??? 38 Twist Folding Aluminum alloy
Helinox (Big Agnes) Ridgeline Twist Lock 184 135 61 Twist Collapse Aluminum alloy
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork MODIFIED * 187 130 63 63 Lever Collapse Carbon $79.50
Helinox (helinox.com.au) FL135 188 135 81 59 Twist Collapse Aluminum alloy
Exped Lite 125* 198 125 94 56 Groove Collapse Aluminum
Helinox (Big Agnes) Causeway Groove Lock 198 145 66 Groove Collapse Aluminum alloy
Leki Mico Vario Carbon Lady 202 125 105 38 Carbon
MSR SureLock UL-3 204 140 109 61 Push-button Aluminum
MSR Flight-2 213 105 Push-button Aluminum $59.50
Leki Mico Vario Carbon 221 130 110 38 Carbon
REI Carbon Power Lock 223 Lever Carbon $64.50
Black Diamond Distance FL Trekking 227 125 105 Lever Folding Aluminum
Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles Womens 227 125 59 59 Lever Collapse Aluminum
Helinox (Big Agnes) Ridgeline Lever Lock with Button 227 135 61 Lever Folding Aluminum alloy
Costco Yukon Charlie’s 232 Twist Carbon $22.50
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork 244 130 63 63 Lever Carbon $79.50
Pacer Pole 3-Section Carbon 255 Twist Carbon Yes $70.00
Leki Corklite 269 Lever Carbon $69.50
Pacer Pole 3-Section Alloy 326 Twist Alloy Yes $62.50

 

* My Exped Lite 125 weighted 217g  when I received it.  I reduced it to 180g by removing the basket, wrist strap, and lower foam grip.

* Shave 2 oz per Alpine Carbon Cork pole with this modification: http://www.rokslide.com/forums/showthread.php?16082-I-need-new-trekking-poles-suggestiions&p=201259&viewfull=1#post201259

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