Alpkit trekking poles?

Discussion in 'Everything Else' started by snow, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. snow

    snow Summit Camper

    Anyone have experience with Alpkit trekking poles? Noticed the "XL" poles which go up to 150cm(!), would save my bringing the pole extender for my Cricket.

    Specs look good as well, including the lower section not being carbon.
  2. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I've used the full carbon ones a lot. Two down sides,
    I've had two lower sections fail, once due to normal falling down welsh hill, less of a prob on the 150cm ones as they're alloy as you say. The other failed due to twist lock mechanism failing. Pole bottoms used to be available but i cant see them atm.
    Second problem is you get used to a 136g narrow pole and when I went out with my new komperdell carbon/alloy poles they felt so cumbersome I carried them after the first few miles.
    The 150 are cheaper than the carbonlites, and use flick locks so should be more reliable. Can't see if they are 16-14-12 or 18-16-14mm.
    I used to just stuff both my carbon lites in the apex of my shelter if the weather picked up.
  3. ZenTrekker

    ZenTrekker Ultralighter

    I had some of the original Alpkit carbon poles. They lasted for years until "she who must" borrowed them and got one jammed in a boulder field and went over. When they fail they fail spectacularly. Having said that Alpkit found an old lower section knocking about their factory and sent it to me FOC, brilliant service.

    The older versions used to suffer from issues with the twist-locks,I could never get them tight. I've since bought the new version of the Alpkit carbon poles and they lock really tight, no issues whatsoever. I agree with @Enzo once you've used lightweight carbon poles, everything else seems cumbersome.

    Also with alloy poles, the sections can corrode causing problems, full carbon poles can't corrode!
  4. benp1

    benp1 Backpacker

    I also have the original Alpkit carbonlite ones. They work fine still, though I tend to use a single Easton z folding carbon one as it packs smaller and has a flick lock
  5. Dave Vaughan

    Dave Vaughan Moderator Staff Member

    I had a set of the original Carbon Lite Poles, they worked well as walking poles in the dry but found the bottom section always slipped if it was raining.

    I also used them with my Trailstar and they nearly always slipped.
  6. ZenTrekker

    ZenTrekker Ultralighter

    The new versions are a lot better, never had any trouble with slipping
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  7. Nevis

    Nevis Ultralighter

    Have had 2 sets of the carbon lites replaced after bottom section snaps, the gf has also had a set replaced. Only plus point is tha alpkit replaced them straightaway with no fuss.
    Dave Vaughan likes this.
  8. rubble

    rubble Hiker

    Alpkit currently have 20% off their trekking poles .... worth a look if "needing" to purchase ...
  9. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I found the best way to tighten them to get the 2 joints snug, then fully tighten holding above the top joint and bellow the bottom. No slippage.
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