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Trekking through a boulder field? Check. Steep, slippery descent? Check. Long, rough trail? Check and check. The Kelty Range 2.0 Trekking Poles don't discriminate when it comes to terrain, which makes them a great companion for any trek, hike, or backpacking trip you have on the agenda. The tough aluminum shafts, cork grips, EVA grip extensions, and padded wrist straps provide a lightweight and comfortable platform for support, balance, and a little extra push on the way up, while the rubber and carbide tips provide traction on rocky, muddy, and wet surfaces. The Range also sports an easy-to-use Twist Lock length adjustment, so hikers of all sizes can find just the right length, and they also feature an integrated anti-shock mechanisms that help take the stress off of your knees, elbows, and wrists on the way down.
- Trekking poles for rugged, variable terrain
- Aluminum alloy is durable and lightweight
- Cork grip with a padded wrist strap for stability
- EVA extension for changing your grip
- Carbide and rubber tips for varied surfaces
- Two adjustment points customize the length
- Item #KEL009R
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
No issues yet, they seem durable, time will tell but so far so good
Don't cheap out on your trekking poles..
I got these as a "spare pair" of trekking poles for my gear closet. You always have that one friend that forgets something! Well, first trip out with these things and they bent pretty severely. Thin walled aluminum is not a good material for something like this. I've had another pair of Leki poles for 5 years now, and as beat up and abused as they are they continue to perform. They've saved my butt on at least a dozen occasions where logic would say they should have snapped cleanly in half. BUT they saved me from tumbling down the hill in a blaze of glory every time.
Not so with these things. My buddy stumbled and caught himself with the poles on snow (theoretically a low-shock impact) and one of the poles immediately buckled, bending about 90 degrees. I bent it back into shape for the rest of the homeward journey but they obviously wouldn't fully collapse to put them away afterward. In the trash they went.
Moral of the story: Don't cheap out on trekking poles. One day you may need them to save your butt. I wouldn't count on these things to save ya on anything more than a flat straight trail!