Jason Livingston wrote a review of MSR Talus TR-3 Trekking Pole on May 10, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I recently returned from a 7-day, 65 mile backpack trip in to the Maze District in Canyonlands National Park and felt I had to write a review on these amazing poles! As anyone who has ventured into the canyon country will attest to the fact that there is very little flat ground anywhere to be found. Seldom are you hiking on an 'easy' trail. More often than not you are either climbing out of a steep canyon or descending into another one for mile after mile. It is rugged and can wreak havoc on the knees.
There are several things I loved about these poles. One of the things I was initially concerned about was their weight. What I noticed was not the weight of the poles, but the SWING weight was very similar to much lighter weight carbon poles I typically carried.
The other thing I noticed was how sturdy they were. I was never concerned about collapsing or bending them. They seemed much more capable of taking abuse than the lighter weight poles I've used in the past.
The best feature though is how adjustable they are, and this is where they really shined in the unforgiving terrain of the Maze! I was able to adjust IN STRIDE as I approached a ledge or steep step and, on the other hand, was able to lengthen the poles IN STRIDE has I headed to a steep downhill section. Often this meant the difference in me having the most control of my balance and easing my weary body up and down the trail. They worked flawlessly!
They do have a bit of a rattle, but I was surprised that this didn't bother me at all. With a friction based pole, there is no movement, but due to the 'pin' engagement of these poles, it is very difficult to create the same movement-free characteristic found in friction based poles. Having said that, the tiny bit of rattle was almost non-existent. MSR did an incredible job minimizing this in these poles.
The straps also proved easy to use and very comfortable.
If you need the most secure, dependable and easy-to-adjust pole available, you've found it!