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Gear Question

Do the Compact poles save any space in,...

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Do the Compact poles save any space in, or on, your pack, when they are retracted and stored, over the standard poles?

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Misused commas aside, yes. They collapse to a shorter length.

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A collapsed pole (27") is about the length of an overnighter/weekend backpack, where as your extended non-collapsible pole is going stick out the top of your pack by 15" or more. The collapsible polls are the way to go.