Trekking poles?Contributors to this thread:
greg simon 15-Aug-20
Wild Bill 16-Aug-20
sharp stick slinger 18-Aug-20
altitude sick 18-Aug-20
altitude sick 18-Aug-20
Chief 419 20-Aug-20
Who uses them and are they worth the money and weight? I don’t own any but could see the usefulness when packing out an animal. Thoughts?
Yes and absolutely if hunting in step and/or uneven terrain. I never used them before my sheep hunt actually sheep scouting. I swear by them now.
They are a must for me during packouts
From: greg simon
Pretty nice on creek crossings also. I always have at least one when I’m in the mountains, usually a pair.
A major yes for me. I always have at least one with me, 2 for sure when I'm packing meat or in the steep stuff. Big relief on my knees, and real handy for just keeping my balance, stepping over logs, etc.
I don’t use mine while hunting, but I absolutely, positively could not pack out my elk without them!!
May save you a rolled ankle or worse during a packout.
Anytime carrying a load. I don't hunt with them.
Yep, I'll use mine in the new spot blaster posted in the Zirkel's
I never used to use them, now I use at least one all the time
Always when packing out, never when hunting.
I used to think it was only granola-hippies who used them. Now I know better! When packing camp or meat they are a life saver.
once i used them i never go without them in my pack. i use them to climb and pack out meat and they are awesome for traversing beetle kill.
On two goats hunts they were more Important than my Bow
Worth there weight in gold. Even one pole is far better then none for keeping your balance over steep or rough ground.
Not when actually hunting but use them hiking in, packing meat, etc. very helpful.
I use two now for almost all scouting or hiking and during hunting you turn your self into a four legged animal and use lotus less energy balancing and you can use the strength in your upper body for hiking and maneuvering they are a must the more you get use to them the better they are....
They are great! Don't use them on day hunts, but always use them packing in and out. And they are wonderful when packing out meat. Take them on a few hikes before the hunt as it might take you a few miles to get accustomed to them.
$25 at Costco; well worth it.
I got a killer carbon fiber set on amazon for 44 bucks make sure you get the clamp down and not the twist downs
Great stuff! Thanks guys
Trekking poles are great for softies, wimps and old people with bad knees who bitch about how tough the mountains are. Yep, people like me
Yes, use them. Saves low back and knees. They are worth both the money and weight - even if you have to travel with them.
From: Wild Bill
They are exceptional at removing spider webs that you don't see ahead of you until the maker is dancing across your arm towards your face, and your eyelashes are fouled. An occasional sweep of the tip shoulder high in a circular fashion is usually all that is needed.
i use them for packing camp in and out and also when packing meat
When used properly, they can even help slightly on flat ground. On steep ground with a load, a huge help. And I have only used one. I figure my bow will be in the other hand so I didn't want to get used to two.
Check out info on how to establish the length for you and angle for best propulsion.
Agree with the other guys.
They are especially nice when packing meat.
I use to think of them in the steep and heavy load realm....now use them all them all the time now....they help reduce energy output due to using balance and using your upper body
Finally one thing we can all agree on!
Maybe they shouldn't be allowed in wilderness areas...
Yes, they take a tremendous amount of strain off your lower body and reduce overall fatigue, regardless of the terrain. Used to think they were lame, then tried them and now I am willing to scream how “lame” I am from the mountain tops. I use the Leki cork lites and have had them for a few seasons. Have heard good things about the Black Diamond brand too.
Now we know why God put four legs on the critters that live where we go
From: sharp stick slinger
I suppose I supported the Chinese when I got my$30 set off Amazon a few years ago. They're worth every ounce. Not sure what the nicer pairs offer as mine seem very adequate. Maybe I would upgrade to cork grips or something besides the foam. With a little practice you'll see their value for traversing just about anything. Even being younger and physically fit, they take that extra bit of torque out of certain joints and let you redistribute that strain especially going down hill or loaded. Plus you can use them to glass with your binos if not carrying a tripod, pitch a little tarp shelter, cross a creek safely, or like crutches if you really Biff it.
From: altitude sick
Great for heavy loads. And I rely on them as my siltarp poles.
The metal tips will drive you crazy after a while in rocks and gravel.
From: altitude sick
From: Chief 419
I use them when side hilling and gaining elevation. They're also great when your legs are burned out and need to descend. They're worth every ounce and penny spent.
what are some of the better models? I'd like a pair sub 1lb.
the carbon fibers on Amazon with clamp down 44 bucks
I just ordered the ones Adventurwriter is referring to based on his recommendation. They showed up yesterday. I admit I like my black diamond pole slightly better, but for about 1/3 the price those look great and should be a really nice addition for my son this fall. So far I'm very pleased with them, but the real test is in a few weeks!
Leki vario carbon
Scoot I never have seen the black diamond ....I love these and I work them HARD!!! what might you like more curious???....the clamp down are rock solid....easy to adjust... and can be adjusted with that little clear plastic thing
2 things I noticed-- the BDs feel lighter to me (going on memory and didn't do a side by side comparison) and the BDs pack down smaller/ shorter. But I didn't mean it as a shot and I hope you didn't take it that way. For 1/3 the cost these look absolutely awesome. I sure hope my son gets to work them hard hauling meat.
which black diamonds do you have?
I would like them to fold down to 15" so that I can get them in my pack, rather than on the outside.
No scoot didn't take that at all just curious....
Tampons for guys.
Sivart- I honestly don't know. They are cork handled and that's about all I know