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Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection

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Offline South Texas Gal

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Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« on: January 10, 2015, 05:31:14 PM »
Hello all,

I am looking suggestions on good set of trekking poles based on your experience. I was amazed at the variety of different types of poles out there and the range in cost. which I not a huge concern but to want to purchase a worth while product.  I would like something sturdy for doing up and especially down hill in the type of rough terrain such of that of Big Bend.
 
Also I have looked into getting some gaiters and most of the ones I have seen are for snow and wet conditions.  Any suggestions on that? Mainly to protect myself from thorny vegetation.

Thank you all :)
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Offline Al

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2015, 06:03:17 PM »
REI makes some good poles.  Other brands are good too.  A nice set tends to run around $100 or more. 

Gaiters: I've used Outdoor Research for many years with good results.  They are rugged and desert vegetation resistant.

http://www.outdoorresearch.com/en/womens/gaiters.html

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Offline Lance

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2015, 07:03:36 PM »
These are the ones I use, they're solid.  I like the flick-lock type over twist-lock hiking poles.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005FN9BPW/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2015, 07:08:39 PM »
BlackDiamond ultralight flicklocks

TurtleSkin snake gaiters

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Offline South Texas Gal

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2015, 07:32:41 PM »
awesome...thanks you guys!  Just point me in the right direction. :dance:
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Offline Flash

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2015, 07:40:40 PM »
I have been using a set of Black Diamond Distance Z-Pole Trekking Poles for about 2 years now, once at Philmont and four times at Big Bend. These are fixed length and I like them a lot. Instead of adjusting for up vs. level vs. downhill, I just choke them up differently on their long grips, depending upon the angle of the terrain.

I took a set of Outdoor Research gaiters on my High Chisos and low desert off-trail rambles last summer, but never put them on, because my long Columbia pants worked fine without them.

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Offline elhombre

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2015, 08:48:23 PM »
Campmor.com  has the best deals on close outs for poles.  You don't need gaiters if you plan on only walking on established trails.  I do a bunch of off-trail hiking and don't wear them then either.   
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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2015, 09:35:28 PM »
I used to wear desert gaiters by Otto. Then I figured out that my above the ankle leather boots and sturdy nylon pants would sufficiently protect me from the vegetation. If you are thinking about protection from snakes, gaiters might help. But many experienced Big Bend hikers do not use them.

Geezer

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Offline Al

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2015, 10:01:26 PM »
There are two schools of thought on Gaiters. 

I've used them for years when hiking off of established trails and wouldn't be without them, especially on warmer days when wearing shorts.  They reduce blood loss.

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Offline Geezer

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2015, 10:24:27 PM »
If wearing shorts off-trail, then you need full-height gaiters.

Geezer

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Offline Quatro

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2015, 11:41:32 PM »
I've been using some Leki twist lock poles and find the twist lock to sometimes be a little finicky.  The BD flip lock seem to be frequently recommended and is what I'd look at next. One thing to consider is the grip.  My hands sweat a lot so I've often wished I had the cork handles. 

I use them anytime backpacking or on up/down hill day hikes.  On flat easy trails, they stay behind.  I also try to take a light weight carabiner to attach them on my pack when not needed.  And a rubber band to keep them from clanging around when clipped on the pack.  That clanging gets old fast.
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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2015, 07:17:52 AM »
BD makes a version of the ultralight Z poles flicklocks that fold down very small. Can go inside pack

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2015, 08:24:07 AM »
I'm with Al on the gaiters.

Outdoor Research - durable and effective.
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Offline presidio

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2015, 02:05:23 PM »
Get a grip folks. Trekking poles are just sticks.

You can spend a small fortune on name brands, or you can get a set on the cheap and do just as well.

Yeah, some have fancy shock absorber actions and the cheap ones mostly don't but, again, these are just sticks you use for balance in rough terrain. If you're whanging these things into the ground hard enough to require shock absorption I'd submit there's something fundamentally wrong with your technique.

Go to Walmart or some similar place and pick up a set for a few dollars.

If they're not bent in the package, they'll do you just fine on the trail.

Even an old ski pole will work, though it won't be adjustable (or maybe it will...I don't ski because it's really cold where you have to be to do that).

Remember, people used oak poles before "trek" poles became the rage. In Big Bend more than a few have picked up sotol/yucca stalks for use. Even a cut down piece of 1/2" EMT (electrical tubing) can be fashioned into a pole.

Do you want to be trendy or just have something that functions?

Okay, now I'll sit back and wait for all the reasons you should spend $100+ for a pair. No doubt these will be compelling.

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Offline presidio

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2015, 02:08:44 PM »
I'm with Al on the gaiters.

Never used them. Never will.

But, I don't hike in the desert in shorts, or short sleeve shirts, or without a hat, regardless of season or temperature.
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