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Comments about Komperdell Contour Titanal AS Trekking Poles - Pair - 2012 Closeout:
Purchased these poles for a trip with the Boy Scouts to Dolly Sods WV. Two days of hiking up and down very rocky terrain. These poles saved me more than 20 times (yes I am a geek and counted) from falling on my rear or worse down the mountain. I wasn't sure if I even needed poles but after taking this hike I can say it is a must.
My son just recently joined the Boy Scout troop and hiking is new to us. Having 30-50 pounds on your back can throw off your balance a little especially when crossing a stream or river. Most water crossings were quite easy however one was a bit tougher than the rest. We went in mid-October so keeping from getting soaking wet was a good idea. I have very good balance however I was cautious going across the river with a pack on. A couple of steps out on the rocks with these poles keeping me steady and I realized there was no problem. Any balance issues were handled nicely by these poles.
Grips are comfortable however I would recommend gloves. I had difficulty with the adjustable straps and about half way into my trip I pulled one strap out of the pole accidently. I have yet to try and get it back in and spent the remainder of the trip not using the straps. I did not notice a huge difference either way.
The only negative was I had some difficulty on the first day getting the poles to remain in my pre-adjusted position. Each pole at some point came lose and started to shrink. It was not terrible and once I got the hang of locking these into place the problem stopped.
The twist/lock feature is the same on these poles as most others. You twist left to loosen and adjust the length and twist right to lock. There are two twist joints and the upper joint controls the shock absorber. When you twist this shut on the last little bit it gets tight and then clicks. When you feel the little click that means the shock absorber is off so the pole is ridged. If you back off a ¼ turn then it engages again and the pole stays locked but has a spring to it. I would recommend these poles for anyone from a new hiker to intermediate. I can't speak for advanced or extreme hiking as I am still new to the sport.
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