Trekking poles 2020

Discussion in 'Gear Chat' started by Davy, Jul 12, 2020.

  1. Davy

    Davy Thru Hiker

    After recommendations for decent lightweight poles to replace my trusty budget Decathlon aluminium twist locks which have finally died due to the thread on the screwlocks corroding irretrievably...

    Not interested in Ali Express copies.

    They hold up my shelter, and will see some abuse so lightest is not necessarily bestest..

    Look forward to the forum wisdom.


  2. Jmws

    Jmws Ultralighter

    I use and have been really happy with either the Leki Sherpa XL’s or black diamond flicklocks. The sherpa’s are “relatively” cheap compared to some and have held both my trailstar and duomid up without issue.
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  3. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Bergzeit branded Komperdell poles can be good value for what you get. If you want aluminium, they have Bergzeit Titanal PL 2.1 at £50 and if you want carbon (with aluminium for the more vulnerable lower section), they have Bergzeit Carbon C3 Powerlock3 at £75.
    I haven't looked at poles recently, though, so you might be able to do better.
    I recently got some Leki Khumbus because I wanted something longer (145cm). I haven't used them yet but they feel very sturdy.
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  4. Jamess

    Jamess Section Hiker

    Black Diamond Trail Flic-locks - pretty cheap, but you can't get spares for them so a bent lower section will mean buying another pole.

    As Justin says, fine for tent pole duties.
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  5. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    Sherpa XL - Happy with mine too. I prefer a long handle. Great price from Climbers shop too
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  6. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    I prefer BD Trails.
    On my second pair in 10 years.
    Leki before that
    Tried Leki Sherpa XLs in between the 2 sets of BDs, but preferred the BD Trails, so got another pair and sold the Sherpas on.
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  7. You can get spares for Black Diamond poles, might not always be a colour match depending on vintage but one of the selling points to me compared to some cheaper alternatives.
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  8. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Quite like my komperdell c3
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  9. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Leki Sherpa for me. Flicklocks not as good as my BD trails but they work. The Leki handle is far better and the shaft has a larger dia. and is sturdier.
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  10. Peterbob67

    Peterbob67 Summit Camper

    Second the komperdell c3!

    Before that I used FIZAN Compact Trekking Poles, which I loved and never failed, although could sometimes seize up if not clean and not used... not totally sure why I switched, possibly the c3's are more bomber?
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  11. Robert P

    Robert P Ultralighter

    If you like the handles, Dual Lock Pacerpoles are worth a look. Very sturdy and can be good for pitching a shelter (depends on the shelter: best in handles-down configuration; the handles won't fit well in the apex of some shelters / cause abrasion)
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  12. oreocereus

    oreocereus Thru Hiker

    What aluminum do the BD trails use? There wasn’t much info in their specs online when I was looking to see if there was a robust-enough-but-lighter replacement for my XLs (which I’ve been using for years and have been happy with the sturdiness of, but they weight nearly twice as much as my shelter which..)
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  13. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

    Leki Sherpas are the best I’ve used.
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  14. Nigelp

    Nigelp Ultralighter

    Nice. Great price and ordered a pair. I am currently using pacer poles but like all twist grip poles they get more difficult to lock.
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  15. Jamess

    Jamess Section Hiker


    In October 2018 I managed to bend the bottom section of one of my BD Trail poles - the most common problem you can have with a pole. After waiting six months for a replacement to 'come back into stock' I gave up and bought another pole. YMMV.
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  16. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    Another vote for Leki Sherpa XL (Antishock) - had them a couple of years now, best I've ever had.

    I've snapped carbons, jammed twistlocks, but I don't seem to be able to break these whatever I do.

    If super-sturdy and reliable is what you're after, you won't go wrong with these.
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  17. Davy

    Davy Thru Hiker

    Thanks folks.

    The lure of Carbon Fibre bling was too much, Bergzeit Komperdell C3s incoming.

    Will endeavour not to store them wet - for months at a time....
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  18. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Just convert them to Flicklocks, instructions are on the forum somewhere.......Needlesports has the bits.
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  19. Gordon

    Gordon Trail Blazer

    Mine have been the same - very old: never failed me.

    I did get a pair of Locus Gear CP3's which are lighter (and very good), but, as they are available in the UK I'd go for the BD Alpine Carbon Cork.
  20. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Section Hiker

    Fizan Compact - on my second pair, managed to bend my first ones sliding down a scree slope.
  21. Nigelp

    Nigelp Ultralighter

    Thanks. I did consider it but also wanted a change to some conventional poles for winter.
  22. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    I only use the Pacerpoles in winter with their overmitts, the rest of the time it's BD Trail Pro's.
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  23. Nigelp

    Nigelp Ultralighter

    I like the pacer poles but on my more local walks and I only use them for part of the walk and wanted to stow them away more quickly. During winter I prefer the flick locks for similar reasons. I may look at converting the pacer poles I have at some stage. I can then help @stourvalewalker do his at long last!
  24. Robert P

    Robert P Ultralighter

    And they now have the very simple and secure Dual Lock versions (the old twist lock versions drove me crazy at times) - flick locks for top section and pin locks for lower. I was unsure of the pin locks and durability initially but they have had extremely heavy use for 3 years now with no problems, though I do tend to leave the lower section extended (pin engaged) most of the time. To be honest would still have preferred to have flick locks throughout!
  25. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I have some fairly basic Black Diamond Trail Sport 3s heavy weights that are my go to poles. I have some Fizan Compacts that are very nice but feel almost too light. I'm usually using my poles and not carrying them so I prefer something fairly robust and when you get them swinging there's not much difference IMO. I'm north side of 95kgs and have a Trailstar. Heavy poles give me confidence.

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