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    Hi,
    I have started doing a little hiking.
    To keep doing it, I need some of those new fangled poles.
    A guy I know swears by the Black Diamond Trekking Poles.
    Backpacker really likes the Super Makalus.

    I am thinking the antishock poles may not be the thing for me.
    These will be short hikes, I want them to make life easier on my knees.
    I suspect the control will be better without the antishock, and the vigorous
    hiking I imagine the Makalus are designed for is not something I will be doing at all. I'll be walking softly, and slowly.

    But now that I am ready to order, I'm just not sure. Does anyone here have experience with them? Thanks.

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    I'm kinda cheap sometimes - do you have a ski pole because if that fits you for skiing it's probably pretty close for hiking too. You just can't telescope it back to a smaller size.
    Steve

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    I use these for hiking and snowshoeing. Cheaper than most poles I've seen lately.
    clicky

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    Quote Originally Posted by late
    Hi,
    I have started doing a little hiking.
    To keep doing it, I need some of those new fangled poles.
    A guy I know swears by the Black Diamond Trekking Poles.
    Backpacker really likes the Super Makalus.

    I am thinking the antishock poles may not be the thing for me.
    These will be short hikes, I want them to make life easier on my knees.
    I suspect the control will be better without the antishock, and the vigorous
    hiking I imagine the Makalus are designed for is not something I will be doing at all. I'll be walking softly, and slowly.

    But now that I am ready to order, I'm just not sure. Does anyone here have experience with them? Thanks.
    I say follow your friend's advice about the Black Diamond poles. I have a pair I've been using for years and they are great. Unlike most other poles which have twist locks, it has a "flick lock". The flick lock is a little clamp that opens and you can adjust the clamp rate with a screwdriver. I've found twist locks to slip sometimes.

    I don't think the anti-shock is necessary. I've gone on 8 hour hikes and my hands don't get numb from not having them. It's a preference thing but like anything else the simpler the better and it's lighter.

    Here is an old Backpacker article about the poles. I don't have a problem with the ergonomics since I have one that has a slight angle which is great. http://www.backpacker.com/gear/artic...23,310,00.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetanothersport
    I say follow your friend's advice about the Black Diamond poles. I have a pair I've been using for years and they are great. Unlike most other poles which have twist locks, it has a "flick lock". The flick lock is a little clamp that opens and you can adjust the clamp rate with a screwdriver. I've found twist locks to slip sometimes.

    I don't think the anti-shock is necessary. I've gone on 8 hour hikes and my hands don't get numb from not having them. It's a preference thing but like anything else the simpler the better and it's lighter.

    Here is an old Backpacker article about the poles. I don't have a problem with the ergonomics since I have one that has a slight angle which is great. http://www.backpacker.com/gear/artic...23,310,00.html
    I have the black diamond ascent poles w/ anti-shock. The flick lock is cool - makes adjusting a lot faster and foolproof- especially when you're not thinking straight from being above LT at altitude for too long.

    I wish I got the non-antishock version, though. The shock mechanism is activated by twisting the handle, and it's constantly toggling itself off and on during regular use. Very annoying. I really don't think it functions that well anyways - there's no damping, so there's too much rebound, which sometimes makes for unwanted motion during dicey descents. Plus, non-antishock would be lighter.

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