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    I have a 2 sets of the Z poles. If you get this type make sure to take them apart each time when you are done with them. I have a set that I used all summer for training and would just throw them in the truck each time without breaking them down. Over the course of the summer between sweat and grime they now require 2 vice-grips and a hammer to get them apart. I now have a training set and a hunting set. Hauling around 2 vice-grips and a hammer in the backcountry to fold up my trekking poles kind of goes against the lightweight pack thing

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    I've got Lekis with the cam lock. The adjustability is great especially going up and down hills. If you have a long downhill run, lengthen the poles some. If you are going up hill, shorten the poles.

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    The $30 carbon Cascades from Costco is a great set to see if you like them or not.

    They are decently made and lighweight with cork handles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoshour View Post
    Black Diamond with the cork handles
    I use these as well.

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    Thanks guys! Will it just say in the description about the spring or just be able to feel the difference when using them? Any benefits to carbon vs aluminum? Doesn't look like carbon saves much weight really.
    Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.
    Genesis 27:3 (NKJV)

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    carbon will be lighter.
    Carbon will break if overloaded. Aluminum will bend. I have bent mine, and bent it back and off I went.

    I bought these for the kid, and they are pretty nice. I would never have poles without adjustment. As said above, you need to be able to adjust different for uphill vs downhill. Forget about the trails. Being able to adjust short and long on a side hill is a lifesaver.
    https://www.leki.com/us/trekking/pol...cor-tec/?c=708
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    Sometimes if I need a pole for assistance I just grab a sturdy dead stick.
    Seems to work just fine and you can't beat the price !

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    I have the Volkstaf now called Folstaf Walking Super Sturdy Staff from http://www.rockymountainamblers.com/ordervolkstaf.php

    I love mine and haven't had much issues. Mine came with a compass on top instead of the camera mount option.

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    Thanks for the info everyone. I'll keep browsing around and see what I end up with. Anyone use them to rest a gun on or anything like that?
    Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.
    Genesis 27:3 (NKJV)

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    I picked up a pair of Mountainsmith Pinnacle trekking poles from Sierra Trading Post for $25. They lasted me 2 seasons, roughly four weeks of total hunting and 12 animals harvested. One pole wore out. The other bent beyond repair after I fell on it. I think I got my money's worth. Trekking poles are an absolute must in my opinion.

 

 
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