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Rated 3 out of 5 by from consider whether you really need these These worked fine when I tried them, but I don't find much use for them. There are people who dislike the metal tips of trekking poles, or who need to use trekking poles on pavement or wood. For those people, these make sense. They fit easily onto the REI trekking poles I have and stay on securely. But if you use your trekking poles only when hiking on hilly or uneven or rocky or somehow challenging terrain, I can't see the point. The metal tips seem to me far better for traction and stability. A hiker I respect prefers the rubber tips for fording streams. She thinks that the rubber tips work well on wet rocks. So that's also something to consider. So far, however, I've not found the rubber tips preferable on wet rocks.
Date published: 2016-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Please buy the CORRECT item! If you try to use the "tip protectors" instead of the "rubber tips" you will be quickly disappointed! The tip protectors are NOT FOR WALKING--simply for transporting your poles safely so the sharp metal tips don't jab you or poke through your pack. They work great for that, but are NOT intended for use on the road or trail. However, the rubber tips themselves are a "must have" for general hiking/walking, and I'm surprised that they aren't included with the poles to start with. I found on the AT that the steel tips either skitter across smooth surfaces, get stuck between rocks, or sink too far into soft dirt. But the rubber tips them useful in most trail conditions and on asphalt--and make them much quieter, too. I never liked using trekking poles until I put these tips on them. They work great and last a long time. Don't buy the poles without them.
Date published: 2010-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rubber Walking Tips I've used these tips (REI and Komperdell brands, which appear to be same) on my Komperdell poles for more than 15 years. I've occasionally replaced them when the tip wore through the rubber, but only after many, many miles of use. I think some of the negative comments may be due to confusion over tip protectors vs rubber walking tips. I've never had any rubber tips crack, split, or wear prematurely. They work great.
Date published: 2012-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Tale of Two Tips Komperdell aluminum trekking poles, and REI-branded Komperdell poles, come with two different tip styles. Many of the basic poles simply have a small metal plug, with or without a carbide button, inserted in the end of the metal bottom pole section. These poles require a rubber tip that is a little over three-eighths of an inch in diameter (0.4 inches or about 10 mm). Many of the pricier poles have a four-inch plastic tip inserted over the metal tip. These are friction-fitted and can be found on the Internet if you look hard enough for about $20 a pair. They also extend the life of the poles--the unprotected metal tips wear terribly on coarse ground. Obviously, these plastic tips are larger than the metal tip they fit over and require a larger rubber tip, about a half-inch in diameter (0.47 inches or about 12 mm). These are the tips that REI carries. I've found the smaller tips at a trading post named for a mountain range west of Reno. The Komperdell tips are tapered for a very tight fit and I've yet to lose one, though I have worn some out.
Date published: 2013-03-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Work well but don't last I have a pair of Komperdell trekking poles that work well for me. I bought these as a lot of the trails around the Kansas City area are rocky. These tips work well until they wear out, as the carbide tips wore through the rubber on the bottom of these tips after about 60-70 miles of hiking. The Leki rubber tips, which cost more, do fit my Komperdell poles as I just bought a pair today at the REI in Overland Park (great staff in that store, very helpful). Plus, the Leki tips appear to have a metal cap molded into the rubber so the carbide tip on the pole doesn't wear through the bottom of the rubber tip. Time will tell if the Leki rubber tips last, but based upon my inspection during installation, I expect they will last a lot longer than the REI rubber tips. Also, as another reviewer said, make sure you get the correct product. The plastic tip protectors are NOT for hiking.
Date published: 2015-05-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stop! Wait! Read this first: REI claims that these tips will fit Komperdell trekking poles. Well, in all fairness to REI, these tips may, in fact, fit some Komperdell trekking poles, but they DO NOT FIT the Komperdell poles I just purchased. That, naturally, renders them useless, for the purpose for which they are intended--the purpose for which they were purchased. Sent back. If you are near enough to an REI store to try them out before you buy, I would recommend doing so.
Date published: 2011-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No nonsense rubber tips. These are a worthy little investment for your trekking poles. They slide on snug and secure and I haven't had them slip off after many miles. They got a bit torn up on some volcanic rock but better to tear up some cheap rubber than the sharp carbide tips scarring the landscape. They showed barely any wear at all over many limestone hills. No slipping or loss of traction either. If that's not reason enough, get them to save your sanity and that of your travel companions. The "clank, clank, clank, clank" of metal tips over rock or pavement gets old quick after the first couple miles.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Provides stability when negotiating steep descents Just completed a hike with the Gig Harbor, WA New Neighbors hiking group into the Mt Rainier Nat'l Forest to see the gorgeous Comet Falls cascading over precipitous cliffs 100's of feet down into the rushing waters below. There was significant elevation gain as we hiked several miles in to the falls. On the return trip it was necessary to use my trekking sticks for balance in our steep decent to return to the trail head. After borrowing trek walking poles from other hikers I purchased a pair of REI brand poles from REI in Tacoma, WA. They are light weight & very easy to manage. An REI female employee who leads hikes into the Pacific NW who works in the area of Search & Rescue assisted me in finding an excellent product!!!
Date published: 2017-09-07
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Questions & Answers

How do you prevent the carbide tips on my REI trekking poles from poking a hole through the bottom of the rubber walking tips? I've only been using the rubber walking tips for about 2 months and already a hole has worn through.

Asked by: Sauk62
The rubber tips are designed to wear over time. Conditions such as excess heat or heavy pole planting can cause the rubber to wear out faster.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-07

Will these tips fit the MSR Swift 2 poles?

Asked by: Arnettak
​REI tips are designed to work exclusively with Komperdell and REI Co-op poles and we unfortunately cannot guarantee fit with other brands.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-17

Will these tips fit Komperdell Trailmaster Powerlock poles?

Asked by: fgblueenohanger
Yes, these walking tips do fit your Komperdell poles.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-26

Will these fit the REI Flash Carbon Trekking Poles?

Asked by: Old Boy Scout
Yes, these walking tips are compatible with the REI Flash Carbon poles.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-28

Will these fit Atlas three part snowshoeing poles?

Asked by: Rudolph
These walking tips do fit on the Atlas 3-Piece LockJaw Snowshoe Poles.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-14

I was given an older “Magellan’s Trekking shock absorbing” pole. 1) Will these tips fit this pole? 2) Will they keep the flat metal tip from making another hole?

Asked by: herfriend
We're sorry, but that information is not available.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-04

Will these work on older Leki hiking poles? I see the Leki brand options to for walking and fitness walking but am looking for the best solution to make hiking poles work on hard surfaces and want to add the most stability possible for a senior using them

Asked by: smoliver
The 12mm Trekking Pole Rubber Walking Tips are not compatible with Leki brand trekking poles. We recommend using the Leki brand tips. https://www.rei.com/product/750120/leki-rubber-walking-tips-pair
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-02

Will these tips fit "REI Carbon Composite Power Lock Trekking Poles - Women's" https://www.rei.com/product/889233/rei-carbon-composite-power-lock-trekking-poles-womens-pair Thanks!

Asked by: mrhardy6647
Yes, the 12mm REI Trekking Pole Rubber Walking Tips are compatible with the Carbon Composite Power Lock Trekking Poles.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-26
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