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Gear Review

3 5

Light and Sturdy-ish

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I opted to spend the extra money on these because they are light, come with trekking baskets and snowshoe baskets, pack down to fit inside my MSR snowshoe bag, and MSR has never let me down. The pin system is really easy to use even with big mittens on. At first they felt flimsy because they are light, but there is almost no lateral travel at the joints, and I am confident the will stand the test of time.The snowshoe basket is shaped in such a way that it makes flipping the televator heel on their ascent snowshoes really easy, but the baskets should be a bit larger for deep light snow. My big complaint is the straps, the friction mechanism is a total nuisance and pops loose too often, but maybe I just haven't figured out the best way to set it up. This complaints makes me question whether it is worth the high sticker-price.
I am dropping these down from 4 stars to three because they have not held up as durably as most MSR products. Granted I am hard on gear and shouldn't have gotten ultralight poles.