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Grip and stability for grueling hikes.
The Komperdell Ridgehiker Cork Powerlock Trekking Poles offer extra stability and grip when you're walking up steep hillsides and slippery hiking surfaces. These three-part adjustable trekking poles expand to 140cm, accommodating a wide variety of users. And when you're finished using them, they shrink down to 66cm for easier storage and travel.
7075-T6 aluminum shafts provide a sturdy feel when you're hiking along precipitous cliffs and endless forest expanses. The Power Lock 3.0 mechanism uses high-density anodized aluminum for increased holding power. Tungsten/Carbide flex tips grab a variety of ground surfaces, ranging from loose soil to jagged rock outcroppings. Other key features include ergonomically shaped cork grips, padded wrist straps, and Vario trekking baskets.
- Three-part adjustable shaft: 66-140cm
- Power Lock 3.0 mechanism
- 7075-T6 aluminum shaft
- Tungsten/Carbide flex tip
- Expedition cork grip
- Padded wrist strap
- Vario Trekking basket
- Item #KOM001M
- Q & A
A pole among sticks.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These trekking poles are very pole-like. They're straight, stiff, they get longer, and they get shorter. What more can you ask of a pole?
How about a comfy extended cork grip instead of a old rubber grip? Having the grip extend down the pole more was a favorite feature of mine. I typically loop my hand through the strap (which is nicely, lightly, padded) and put most of the pressure on my wrist when hiking and let my hand lightly grip the pole further down, so it was nice to have the tapered cork grip. The powerlock feature is solid and secure. No surprises there and so easy to adjust on the fly for when the elevation ramps up, or down.
But they're aluminum, not carbon! ...I've broken 3 carbon poles (skiing/trekking) in my life, I'm an aluminum pole kind of guy. It might get bent, but the chance of it snapping is low, and that's what I want on multi-day hikes.
After buying a much cheaper set of poles a year ago, these were my upgrade and will most likely be my last set of poles for a long time, I'm guessing decades. I had narrowed my choices between the Highlander, Explorer, and Ridgehiker, and Karissa at BC (email@example.com) really helped me narrow my choice down to the Ridghiker and I'm a happy camper!