repost owner review Expedition poles David Bradish
- Hello Roger,
Ray laughed so I guess I was not supposed to ask for someone. He is a
clown. But he is helping me with my pictures so I wont fire him yet.
I have the review in the test folder. It is named owner review
Expedition poles David Bradish.
BLACK DIAMOND EXPEDITION TREKKING POLES
BY DAVID BRADISH
February 18, 2007
NAME: David Bradish
LOCATION: Huntington Beach California USA
HEIGHT: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
WEIGHT: 170 lb (77.10 kg)
I started hiking in my teens in Arizona and New Mexico, primarily
focusing on winter hiking Since 1991 I have hiked a lot with my
brother-in-law Ray mostly in California's Sierra Nevada range, and
the southern mountains. In winter I bring as much gear as necessary
to be safe and comfortable. For 3 season I try to follow the
priciples of ultra light.
Manufacturer: Black Diamond
Year of Manufacture: 2004
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
MSRP: US$ 79.95
Listed Weight: Not given
Measured Weight: 22.2oz (629 g)
Length: 125 cm/49" comes in 140 cm/55" also
Shortest length: 57 cm/22.5"
Longest length: to the stop marks 127 cm/50"
Limited Warranty: For climbing and backcountry ski gear we warrant
for one year from purchase date and only to the original retail buyer
(Buyer) that our products (Products) are free from defects in
material and workmanship. For headlamps our warranty is for three
years. If Buyer discovers a covered defect, Buyer should deliver the
Product to us at the address on the back cover. We will replace such
Product free of charge. That is the extent of our liability under
this Warranty and, upon expiration of the applicable warranty period,
all such liability shall terminate.
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The Expedition Poles are a three piece trekking poles that telescope
into themselves to make them compact for ease of carrying. They are
made of aluminum with a sharp carbide tip at the end. The upper shaft
of aluminum is colored blue. The two lower sections are shiny
The sections are locked together with flick locks. They are plastic
or nylon locks that have a lever that uses a cam action to pinch
closed the lock when the lever is folded into the shaft. The locks
Each section of shaft has markings for adjustment . They go from 85
cm to 125 cm and are every 5 cm apart.
At the end of each pole is a carbide tip. It can be pulled out with
pliers to replace it. Just above it is is a 3/4 basket to keep the
pole from pushing through the snow.
At the top of the poles are the grips which are made of two kinds of
rubber. The black rubber is soft and gripable. The blue rubber is
harder and kind of slick. A webbing strap is attached to the top of
the grips. The strap adjusts through a plastic buckle.
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I took the Expeditions on three trips over two and a half years in
the Bristlecone Pine Forest in California's White Mountains. I also
used them many times in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains.
The best trip was to Shasta in 2004. The highest elevation was
13300'/4054m and they have been on all kinds of snow and ice. This
picture is coming back from White Mountain in 2005.
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I used to use some trekking poles from REI but did not like how they
would keep slipping their adjustment when I used them in snow. My
wife's brother Ray was having the same problem and found us the
Expedition poles. They work great. I have never had a pole slip again
since I got these. The locks are easy to use, even with thick gloves
on. It is very easy to reset the length, but I leave them at one
setting most of the time.
The tips are very sharp and stick in ice and iced over snow well. I
have never had to replace them.
I don't really use the straps much. Only if I am going down hill on
skis so I don't drop one. They are easy to adjust , but I leave them
at the widest setting.
The aluminum shafts are very strong. I use them as an anchor
sometimes to keep my sled from blowing away. One time I got up in the
morning and they were frozen into the snow so hard that I had to use
an ice axe to get them out of it. I have also used them this way to
tie lines to my tent.
The grips are comfortable to use. I almost always wear gloves but the
times I did not the grips were fine and I did not slip.
The baskets that came with them work well. They have teeth under them
that grabs in packed snow.
My regular poles are very light weight because they are made of
carbon fiber and the Expeditions feel very heavy compared to them.
Ray has some poles he is testing that are carbon fiber and have the
flick locks. I might have to get some too.
Do not slip
Easy to adjust
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