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REI Hiker Shocklight Staffis rated4.5556out of5by9.
Rated4out of5bysoleful2001fromLight Weight, Sturdy and ComfortableBefore purchasing this staff, I had worn out a pair of Leki trekking poles, literally. I thought carefully about how I hiked, and how I would like to have one hand free while walking. So, I decided to go with this choice. I had looked at the comparable versions such as the Leki model, but decided this staff was a better value. I have had the opportunity to use this on a hiking trip since I purchased. I noticed right away how smoothly the adjustment and locking mechanisms worked. The grip is very comfortable, the knob is removeable for a camera mount. The wrist strap fits well. The wrist strap is also easily adjustable, and it has a comfortable material lining the inside. I particularly liked the way the strap natrually fit the angle of my hand in relation to the staff.
With this staff I feel that I have all the support I need while hiking. At the same time I am saving some weight, and freeing up a hand to do all the little tasks I find myself doing while walking, adjusting straps, checking gps, fishing out an energy bar, grabbing my camera, scratching my nose, etc., All these things are much easier to do since I don't need to drag a pole or stop when I would like to keep moving.
I do like the shock absorption feature, and it seems well proportioned to my activities. The one con I can see in this feature is that the lock-out mechanism is not for the shock absorber comes unlocked too easily. For me this is no big deal since I leave it alone anyway, but for those who need to leave it off for long stretches of time may have an issue.
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated4out of5byNancy BagnallfromNiceI love the weight of the product. The cork top is great. Cons I wish the cork was wrapped around the pole lower. I have to lower the pole after using it for my camera to have a good grip for walking. I don't unscrew the cork section to attach my camera but I do use the top to balance my camera, and it's a great help. I love the concept, and weight and will be using this product for my day photography trips. If you like a trekking pole and taking pictures, I highly recommend this product.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated5out of5byboglearfromGreat, study staffUse this for day mountain hikes. Very durable, and easy to adjust. It was also comfortable to grip.
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated4out of5bySuzeque4fromHiker Shocklight was a great choiceVery useful over rugged terrain. Realized an angled grip would have been helpful on the elevation changes.
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated5out of5byTWolf45fromGood stick!I love this hiking staff. I use it every time I hit the mountains here in Alaska. I even bought a second one for my son to use when he comes up to visit.
Date published: 2013-07-25
Rated5out of5byHealthyHiker1fromPoles healed my aching wristsI had a pair of REI rigid poles for 7 years, and they worked just fine until one of the locking mechanisms finally failed. Unable to repair it, REI refunded their full value at their Boulder, Colorado store, and I applied the credit toward the purchase of the Hiker Shocklight poles. In the previous year, I had retired and really ramped up my hiking (2-3 days a week), primarily along the California coast with lots of elevation in the trails there. I use the poles hard, as my intent is to relieve the pressure on my knees and hips (I'm 66 years old). I also like the added benefit of the upper body exercise, especially to my core, that the poles provide. Several months into this "ramped up" activity, my wrists began hurting, similar to carpel tunnel syndrome. I suspected that the hard use with the rigid poles was contributing to the wrist problem, so that is why I decided to try the Shocklight poles. Within a couple of months of using the new poles, the wrist pain went away and hasn't returned in almost a year. I had thought that perhaps the "give" in the poles provided by the shock absorbers might sacrifice stability, but that hasn't been the case. These poles are very stable in both uphill and downhill use. Needless to say, I am thrilled by the results. I plan on taking them along on a trip to Italy later this fall.
Date published: 2013-07-16
Rated5out of5byCSGfromHave the original versionI've had one of these for close to 15 years, maybe longer. I liked this version of a hiking staff so well I bought a couple more for my sons. Only use one, not a pair.
While I'm an avid hiker, I also do backcountry SAR. In our high desert environment it's nice to not only have a third leg going cross country but these staffs are useful in quick shelter making in an emergency. You always have a proper shelter pole with you.
Not as big a fan of the shock system but what I really like is the ball end handle. Easier for me to put solid weight on than the other style handle.
Date published: 2013-06-19
Rated5out of5bynightworks1fromstill going strong...Originally bought summer 2006, and figured after close to 7 years, it is time for a review...
The only wear and tear so far: some of the paint has rubbed from the same places on the pole where I extend the lengths. This is a staple of my hikes, both day and extended; I enjoy having added stability while keeping one hand free. After a long, hard day's hike and my joints/hips begin to hurt, I lean on it a little more and trust my weight to it completely. When I don't have it, I almost feel naked. Not sure if the actual staff weight from then to now has changed given new metal technologies, but I do like knowing its weight/durability makes it seem strong enough to keep me from unexpectedly stumbling. Not once have I had a blister from extended use.
Fantastic product and well worth the purchase!
Date published: 2013-04-12
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