Lightweight Poles with Trailstar

Discussion in 'Gear Chat' started by PhilHo, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    My current adjustable trekking poles are Black Diamond Trail Sport 3 Trekking Poles. I would have no hesitation using these with my new Trailstar. They are cheap and robust but heavy at over 300g each according to the BD web site.

    I'm 6'2" and 15.5 stone so I need something fairly robust and I'm planning to use the Trailstar in Scotland next May so there is the potential for high winds.

    Having said all of that I would like to get some poles that are considerably lighter and like to look of Fizan compact poles. They're half the weight and can be had for £50 or £60 but are they going to be strong enough for me?

    TIA
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  2. Lempo

    Lempo Ultralighter

    I don't know about the Fizan's.

    I've used these for 2 years, and I'm a big lad, putting these through their paces as I've climbed up hills.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XM0YGW8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    These weigh 485g together.

    I didn't find the exact same one in Amazon UK, but there are a different options from the same brand, carbon options for under £70.
  3. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    I used the Fizan Compact 4's for years with the TS summer & winter. Lost both carbide tips after a couple of years (ULOG carries spares) & had them freeze overnight which was a bitch to sort out.
    After using the BD Tail Pro's I wouldn't go back to non flick lock poles.
  4. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I've used Fizans for 6 or so years; always found them solid, including on very harsh ground.
  5. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I here what you are saying. I've had the twist lock ones before and agree that they are not as good as flick lock. The BD ones I have are absolutely fine and I don't think I'd change for 50g a pole.

    @Lempo I think that they must have been mentioned on here before because I have visited a link to them on amazon.co.uk. I'll take another look. I want to get this purchase right if I'm going to do it because they are absolutely essential for my shelter. Carbon are attractive in one way but I've heard stories of them shattering (may have been Alpkit ones) and if anyone is going to shatter one it's me.
  6. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    @edh Is there a specific model that you have found to be good?
  7. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

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  8. Lang pack

    Lang pack Summit Camper

    I switched to fizans compacts after breaking several carbon poles while stumbling/ jamming tips between rocks. Never had a problem with the fizans, although I wish they were a little longer.
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  9. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I think I'll try those, thanks :)
  10. hillwalker66

    hillwalker66 Trail Blazer

    Used various poles when I had my trailstar. Pacer poles... converted to flick locks, then I tried a pair of Leki micro vario carbon which were great... lightweight, packed down very small. Unfortunately 1 snapped when I slipped on loose, steep scree. Decided that ultralight poles weren’t the way to go when you depend on them for you shelter. Bought a pair of Leki Sherpas.. lighter than the pacers and very strong. Used with all my lightweight shelters until I sold them. Still got the pacers and Leki Sherpas ( which I know prefer)
    Daron
  11. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Thanks everyone for the very helpful comments. I've ordered the Fizan Compact 158g ones. I'll let you know how I get on.
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