August 02, 2018 5 min read
At S&S Archery we have been using trekking poles for probably the last 5 years or so on all of our backcountry trips. We, just like a lot of others, used to make fun of the “old” guys using trekking poles and thought they weren’t something we needed. But all it took for us and the many others who have tried them, is one heavy pack out in some rough / rugged country and you instantly understand their value as a critical item to have in your pack. We’ll guarantee they will become a must have on your gear list. Like a lot of products out on the market that we as hunters use they aren’t designed with a backcountry hunter in mind. They are designed for the average backpacker hiking into a lake a few miles from the trailhead with a 30lb pack. In our search for the best trekking pole for our needs we found there was a hole missing. It seems the choices were either ultralight carbon poles that weren’t tough enough for the demands we need, i.e, packing out 100+ lb loads out of rugged country, or they were cheaper heavy aluminum ones or even ones with cheaper locking mechanisms that wouldn’t hold up to the heavy weights. We have all gone through multiple pairs of trekking poles during the last 5 years which lead us to set out and create our own trekking pole.
The goal was to produce a set in the 14-15oz range made out of Carbon to be as light as possible but still be extremely strong and with tough locking mechanisms to handle the heavy loads. We also wanted a comfortable grip / handle and a wide comfy wrist strap for those long pack outs. In the end we couldn’t be more excited with the product we developed. The total weight came in at a scant 12.6 oz for the set! We tested, abused and used these trekking poles for 1 full year. They have been on two Exo Mountain Gear Death hikes, in the brooks range of Alaska, the Colorado backcountry, the Idaho backcountry and many places in between. We have seen zero issues in all that testing; not a broken strap, not a broken tip, nothing! We are extremely excited to get these out there in our customers hands and see the pics of them being put to use! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. -Steve SpeckBefore we brought this product to market we wanted to be 100% confident they were going to hold up for the long haul. We tested the exact poles we are selling for 1 full year to make sure they were going to perform. Here's just a few pics of us using the poles over the last year. You can buy them with confidence!
“So a huge plus that I noticed on both of my big hikes was just how comfortable the handles were. I had some REI ones that should have had nice Cork grips that didn’t heat up but they always did. The carbon is obviously very light I love that! And they are super tough honestly they should have broke when I ran in the last 7 Miles I leaned on them pretty hard a couple times. Travis who was running with me bent up his poles bad and I’m pretty sure he’ll be one of your first customers now.”
“In my opinion they're great poles and tough to beat. Super light weight while very strong and durable. I used them pretty extensively over the last year and had no issues whatsoever.”
“Coming from stout Leki poles with flick-locks, I was skeptical about these poles at first. These were waaaay lighter and had the twist-locks, which had failed me on other brands in the past. After putting them to the test and understanding more about the design of these specific twist locks, I now trust them. My Leki poles, while also solid, just feel too heavy now. I wouldn't think that the pole weight would make much of a difference, but you certainly feel the difference on longer hikes. I also like the low-profile wrist straps. I had to hold my Leki poles right or they would give me some abrasion and develop a hot spot in the hand, but that's a non-issue with the material used for these straps.”
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