REI Traverse PowerLock Women's Trekking Poles - Pair Specs
External lever lock
1 lb. 1.5 oz.
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REI Traverse PowerLock Women's Trekking Poles - Pair
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REI Traverse PowerLock Women's Trekking Poles - Pairis rated4.0out of5by5.
Rated5out of5byMustang MollyfromGreat Poles!Love the cork grips
Date published: 2013-02-24
Rated4out of5bydmac1579fromGreat Treking PolesFor the price these have been great. Bought these for the wife who has used them on 2 hikes so far, she has not complained of blister or any discomfort but fit her hands well. This is her first pair and really likes the stability of using poles.
Date published: 2013-02-13
Rated4out of5byMommaWilberfromFabulous!This is the first pair I have ever owned. I love them! I was worried about blisters, didn't happen. I am a big girl and was wanting something that would help me feel more stable on the trail. They did that very thing. I felt more secure on uneven ground and on slopes. Happy to add them to my growing gear collection.
Date published: 2013-01-16
Rated4out of5byEde the oldiefromPoles are a necessityI use the poles mainly for hiking. Really helps me get up hills & maintain my balance.
My two sisters & I would've found it so much more difficult hiking up the trails in Bryce Canyon without them.
Not impressed with the locking system of the baskets. Out of the 6, we have 1 left.
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated3out of5bycheckingacctinfofromNice but could be improvedI purchased these poles to replace a unisex pair of REI Traverse Shocklight Trekking Poles that I've been using for the last few years. The main reason is that these new ones will pack just a bit smaller. The old ones are soooo long when fully collapsed they just barely fit in a large suitcase diagonally and at an angle, making it very difficult to fit everything around them.
These new poles fit better but still are pretty long. They would not fit in a typical carry on bag so I still must bring the big suitcase but at least these fit lengthwise - just. (TSA regulations seem to say you can't have these in carry on - so that might be moot - but smaller is always better for packing - whether on a plane or in/on a backpack.)
These are also a tad lighter than the old ones which is a bonus.
I just used these new ones to do Rim to Rim to Rim at the Grand Canyon, so I feel I have a pretty good idea of their performance now.
The locking system is neither here nor there to me. Yes, they lock securely but I never had an issue with the twist locks of the old ones either. Sure, the old ones sometimes collapsed if I put my entire weight on them - but you really shouldn't be doing that. The new ones lock securely and have clear markings on the poles so I could quickly pick my ideal length and be on my way.
The lack of a shock system was also neither here nor there. Maybe not having it was even slightly better? For the most part, I don't notice the shock system but sometimes with the shock system ones when I was using them to brace myself for a fairly big step down, I'd feel them suddenly give slightly. This is disconcerting - so I think I like poles without them better. Since I use poles mainly for hiking, I don't really have anything I need shock protection against. This feature might be helpful if the poles were being used on pavement.
The grips however were a problem.
The cork handles heated up and started to cause blisters. The cork is coated with something that makes them quite hard so they heat up quickly. The foam plastic ones of the shocklights are softer, they give as you grip them and don't really heat up at all. The design shape is identical to the plastic shocklight - with ridges that fit into the palm of your hand. It's where the ridges fit into the webbing between your fingers and thumb where my blisters started appear. At first I tried using the strap as a relief for this by keeping the strap between my hand and the handle. This was extrememly awkawrd and I kept having to fuss with the grips over and over again. I finally had to stop and pull out my moleskin and wrap the grips. This helped. I had to re-do one side with more moleskin as it started bunching after miles of use. Still, this was poor solution and the moleskin continued bunch and at the edges there was adhesive goo which was annoying to get on my hands and collects grime. When the poles got wet, then the molesking would be wet a long time until it dried out.
The overall diameter of the grips is smaller too. This took an hour or two of hiking to get used to. Like the locks, I think this is neither here nor there. I have medium to small hands for a woman. The unisex grip size of the shock lights was fine. This smaller sized grip size was fine. I don't think it contributed to my blisters. If I had a choice, I'd pick the larger size but probably only because it is what I'm most accustomed to.
Overall, I was fairly disappointed. It was not even very hot during my hike this year - I imagine a typical hot Grand Canyon hike, my blisters would have been much worse. Sure, I could use gloves but with the old foam plastic grips I never needed to and have done four grand canyon rim to rims with them with no blister issues during much hotter weather.
Bottom line - I think these would be pretty good if not for the cork handles. I'd also love it if they collapsed smaller - even one or two inches would make a huge difference.
Date published: 2012-09-29
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