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Walking Poles – Rip off Britain

I have often overlooked walking poles as an unessecary evil of hiking. However after reading Andrew Sukra’s blog I am beginning to take a look at them. However what I cant seem to figure out is the crazy prize range on these sticks.

Go outdoors have Hi Gear Walker Antishock Poles for £3.99, so why are some poles closer to the £100 mark. Even Alpkit are charging £60 for a pair. Seriously 100 notes, is it really worth it ?

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7 responses

  1. No, Yes, You get what you pay for! Black Diamond poles are really strong and have a great lock system way better than Leki. My Camp poles are perfect super lightweight, bit flexi but great for running etc. But my carbon fibre poles cost well over £100, perfect balance, hand fittings, the lot, so you do get what you pay for. Tesco sold poles years ago, guess which poles bent and had broken adjusters one trip! Yeah the £10 pair set.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:14 am

  2. You’re not intending mincing about the hills with camp poles are you?

    March 16, 2010 at 6:02 am

  3. ukmase

    I am considering them, I would like to start doing some really long trekking days over 25miles. I reckon I could move seriously fast with a pair of sticks.

    Aluminium or carbon fibre….. ??

    March 16, 2010 at 8:44 am

  4. You move way faster with poles if you use them correctly, I learnt this Nordic walking, too often you’ll see people with poles and they are waving them around like idiots! I would only have Black Diamond if I was having telescopic poles, mine are way better than Ali’s Leki (my old ones), the Leki one piece carbon fibre Nordic Poles I have are superb, but a pain in the ass as I can’t pack them easily! Doubt you’ll get Camp Xenon over here, and they are a very specialist bit of gear designed for mountain running.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:28 am

  5. peter crawford

    They definitely take the strain off your knees on steep descents and they give extra stability too.

    The price range baffles me aswell. I had some Craghoppers for only £15 the pair and they were fine until I broke one and the other refused to retract or extend, presumably in sympathy with the other. I had the f***er in a vice and it still wouldn’t play ball.

    It is surprising how often one partner follows on the heels of the other.

    Mike, Mase and I would have got off Yr Elen recently far more easily with sticks. I had to take it by buttock and even Masey was a bit nervous. I could tell by the way he kept phoning various people and discussing how to distribute his possessions.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:42 pm

  6. ukmase

    I think i wil give a cheap set a test drive.

    thomas – spelling test
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    March 17, 2010 at 8:15 am

  7. peter crawford

    Try Thomas on –
    Disestablishmentarianism.

    Give the sticks a try, man.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm

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