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OWNER REVIEW - MOUNTAINSMITH TREKKING POLES

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  • Nathan Kettner
    Mountainsmith Pinnacle Trekking Pole Owner Review February 6, 2008 Personal biographical information: Nathan Kettner Age: 30 Gender: Male Height – 6’ 1”
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      Mountainsmith Pinnacle Trekking Pole
      Owner Review
      February 6, 2008


      Personal biographical information:

      Nathan Kettner
      Age: 30
      Gender: Male
      Height – 6’ 1” (185 cm)
      Weight – 175 lbs (79 kg)
      kettnernw “at” yahoo “dot” com
      Colorado Springs, CO, USA


      Backpacking Background:

      Medium weight backpacker.
      Moderate pace, mountainous terrain.
      Tent camper (lightweight when backpacking, wall tent
      when hunting).
      Mostly a weekend backpacker with day trips, single
      nights out, plus a few week-long backpack trips.
      All of my outings have been in the beautiful and
      rugged Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Wyoming.


      Product information:

      Mountainsmith Pinnacle Trekking Poles
      Year purchased: 2007
      http://www.mountainsmith.com/index.asp
      Listed measurements: 26 to 54 inches (66 to 137 cm)
      Actual measurements: 26 1/2 to 53 5/8" (67 to 136
      cm)
      Listed weight: 1 lb 8 oz (11.2 kg)
      Actual Weight: 10.75 oz (0.305 kg)
      $19.95 US per each pole

      Pictures 1 & 2: Poles compressed and extended (one
      with wrist strap, basket and end cover, one without).

      These poles are blue and are sold individually, which
      is important when comparing prices to other poles
      which may be sold only in pairs. The poles come with
      adjustable wrist straps, removable baskets, and end
      covers. The end covers are intended to be used in
      town or on smooth flat surfaces such as pavement where
      I don’t need the carbide point to stick into the
      ground for traction. The baskets are rather small
      compared to the baskets on standard downhill ski
      poles, but may be useful for snow-covered terrain when
      I don’t want the pole to sink deeply into soft snow.
      A small cardboard instruction manual comes with the
      pole that has some detail but is not needed for a
      rather simple product.



      Field information:

      Overnight hike in Lost Creek Wilderness in CO and
      6-day backpack trip in Teton Wilderness in WY, plus
      several day trips in CO.
      Mostly rocky terrain, single-track trails with
      occasional off-trail treks.
      Weather conditions: warm summer weather, with some
      rain and occasional snowpack at higher elevations.
      Nearly submerged during several river
      crossings/fords.


      These poles performed well under all circumstances
      that I used them.



      Length - Adjusting the length is easy and uses a
      standard twisting motion to loosen or tighten them.
      The poles actually consist of three telescoping
      sections, so to get the full length of the poles I
      have to twist at two different points. Having two
      adjustments makes getting the poles (when I’m using
      two of them) adjusted to the same length a little more
      difficult, but the advantages are that they can be
      compressed more for storage, which comes in handy when
      packing everything into a car for transport or into a
      closet for storage. The upper section definitively
      clicks into place so I can tell when it is tight
      enough, which is a great feature that I appreciate.
      The lower section, however, just has to be tightened
      until I feel it is sufficient. I never had any
      problems with the sections coming loose while I was
      using the poles. Lastly, the middle section has
      length measurements, with ¼” increments (see pic
      below) which allowed me to see how long the pole was
      once I was comfortable and I could then set the poles
      to that length for the next trip.


      Recoil - The pole has a spring inside the upper
      section that acts as a cushion when downward pressure
      is applied. The result is less jolting to my arms and
      shoulders, which is especially nice after I’ve been
      carrying a 30 lb pack all day. It seems like a fairly
      minor feature, but I don’t think I will ever buy
      another hiking pole that doesn’t have some spring to
      it.

      Grip – the handles are contoured and fairly soft. The
      soft handles were a major selling point for me because
      I like to change my grip fairly often to avoid chafing
      on certain points of my hand. Some other poles that
      I’ve used have very hard handles which limit me to a
      fixed position/grip for my hand and I inevitably end
      up with blisters on my hands.

      Miscellaneous – I e-mailed Mountainsmith (via their
      contacts link on their homepage) and asked about
      replacement carbide tips. They responded within one
      day and informed me that Leki replacement tips will
      fit their poles.



      Recommendations



      For the type and frequency of hiking and backpacking
      that I do, these poles have performed very well even
      though they are some of the cheapest available. I
      would recommend them to anyone. My personal
      preference is to remove the wrist straps because I’ve
      never used them – it’s not like downhill skiing where
      I might be afraid of losing a pole if it’s not
      strapped to my body. Also, the point covers are
      mostly useless because if I’m walking on smooth
      pavement I’m not likely to need/want the poles. There
      are lighter and stronger poles available, but I think
      Mountainsmith has produced a simple design that serves
      the purpose very well for a reasonable price.





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      <p><span class=SpellE><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span lang=EN-US
      style='font-size:24.0pt'>Mountainsmith</span></b></span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
      normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:24.0pt'> Pinnacle Trekking Pole<br>
      </span></b><span lang=EN-US>         
       Owner Review<br>
                 February 6, 2008</span></p>

      <p><span lang=EN-US style='color:black'><br>
      </span><b><span lang=EN-US>Personal biographical information:</span></b></p>

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      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
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      Kettner</span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US>Age: 30</span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US>Gender:
      Male </span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US>Height –
      6’ 1” (185 cm)</span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US>Weight –
      175 lbs (79 kg) </span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US><a
      href="mailto:kettnernw@..."><span class=SpellE>kettnernw</span> “at”
      yahoo “dot” com</a></span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City
      w:st="on"><span lang=EN-US>Colorado Springs</span></st1:City><span
      lang=EN-US>, <st1:State w:st="on">CO</st1:State>, <st1:country-region
      w:st="on">USA</st1:country-region></span></st1:place><span lang=EN-US
      style='font-family:Helvetica'><o:p></o:p></span></li>
      </ul>

      <p class=MsoNormal><b><span lang=EN-US><o:p> </o:p></span></b></p>

      <p class=MsoNormal><b><span lang=EN-US>Backpacking Background:</span></b></p>

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      mso-list:l3 level1 lfo2;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US>Medium
      weight backpacker.</span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l3 level1 lfo2;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US>Moderate
      pace, mountainous terrain.</span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l3 level1 lfo2;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US>Tent
      camper (lightweight when backpacking, wall tent when hunting).</span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l3 level1 lfo2;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US>Mostly a
      weekend backpacker with day trips, single nights out, plus a few week-long
      backpack trips.</span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l3 level1 lfo2;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US>All of my
      outings have been in the beautiful and rugged Rocky Mountains of Colorado
      and <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Wyoming</st1:place></st1:State>.
      </span></li>
      </ul>

      <p class=MsoNormal><b><span lang=EN-US><o:p> </o:p></span></b></p>

      <p class=MsoNormal><b><span lang=EN-US>Product information:</span></b></p>

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      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l2 level1 lfo3;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US>  <span
      class=SpellE>Mountainsmith</span> Pinnacle Trekking Poles</span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l2 level1 lfo3;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US>  Year
      purchased: 2007 </span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l2 level1 lfo3;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US>  <a
      href="http://www.mountainsmith.com/index.asp">http://www.mountainsmith.com/index.asp</a></span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l2 level1 lfo3;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US>  Listed
      measurements: 26 to 54 inches (66 to 137 cm)</span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l2 level1 lfo3;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US>  Actual
      measurements: 26 1/2 to 53 5/8" (67 to 136 cm)</span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l2 level1 lfo3;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US> 
      Listed weight: 1 lb 8 oz (11.2 kg)</span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l2 level1 lfo3;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US
      style='color:red'>  </span><span lang=EN-US>Actual Weight: 10.75 oz (0.305
      kg)</span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
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      US per each pole</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-family:Helvetica'><o:p></o:p></span></li>
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      <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span
      lang=EN-US>Pictures 1 & 2: Poles compressed and extended (one with wrist
      strap, basket and end cover, one without).</span><span lang=EN-US
      style='font-family:Helvetica'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

      <p><span lang=EN-US>These poles are blue and are sold individually, which is
      important when comparing prices to other poles which may be sold only in
      pairs.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>The poles come with adjustable
      wrist straps, removable baskets, and end covers.<span
      style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>The end covers are intended to be used in
      town or on smooth flat surfaces such as pavement where I don’t need the carbide
      point to stick into the ground for traction.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> 
      </span>The baskets are rather small compared to the baskets on standard downhill
      ski poles, but may be useful for snow-covered terrain when I don’t want the
      pole to sink deeply into soft snow.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>A
      small cardboard instruction manual comes with the pole that has some detail but
      is not needed for a rather simple product.</span></p>

      <p><span lang=EN-US><o:p> </o:p></span></p>

      <p><b><span lang=EN-US>Field information:</span></b></p>

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      Overnight hike in Lost Creek Wilderness in CO and 6-day backpack trip in
      Teton Wilderness in WY, plus several day trips in CO. </span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l1 level1 lfo4;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US> 
       Mostly rocky terrain, single-track trails with occasional off-trail
      treks. </span></li>
      <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
      mso-list:l1 level1 lfo4;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'><span lang=EN-US> 
       Weather conditions: warm summer weather, with some rain and
      occasional <span class=SpellE>snowpack</span> at higher elevations. </span></li>
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       Nearly submerged during several river crossings/fords.</span><span
      lang=EN-US style='font-family:Helvetica'><o:p></o:p></span></li>
      </ul>

      <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span
      lang=EN-US style='mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'><o:p> </o:p></span></p>

      <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span
      lang=EN-US style='mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'>These poles performed well under
      all circumstances that I used them.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span><o:p></o:p></span></p>

      <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span
      lang=EN-US style='mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'><o:p> </o:p></span></p>

      <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span
      lang=EN-US style='mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'>Length - Adjusting the length is
      easy and uses a standard twisting motion to loosen or tighten them.<span
      style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>The poles actually consist of three
      telescoping sections, so to get the full length of the poles I have to twist at
      two different points.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>Having two
      adjustments makes getting the poles (when I’m using two of them) adjusted to
      the same length a little more difficult, but the advantages are that they can
      be compressed more for storage, which comes in handy when packing everything
      into a car for transport or into a closet for storage.<span
      style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>The upper section definitively clicks into
      place so I can tell when it is tight enough, which is a great feature that I
      appreciate.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>The lower section, however,
      just has to be tightened until I feel it is sufficient.<span
      style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>I never had any problems with the sections
      coming loose while I was using the poles. <span
      style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Lastly, the middle section has length
      measurements, with ¼” increments (see <span class=SpellE>pic</span> below)
      which allowed me to see how long the pole was once I was comfortable and I
      could then set the poles to that length for the next trip.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

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      <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span
      lang=EN-US style='mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'>Recoil - The pole has a spring
      inside the upper section that acts as a cushion when downward pressure is
      applied.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>The result is less jolting to my
      arms and <span class=GramE>shoulders, which is</span> especially nice after I’ve
      been carrying a 30 lb pack all day.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>It
      seems like a fairly minor feature, but I don’t think I will ever buy another
      hiking pole that doesn’t have some spring to it.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

      <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span
      lang=EN-US style='mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'>Grip – the handles are contoured
      and fairly soft. <span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>The soft handles were a
      major selling point for me because I like to change my grip fairly often to
      avoid chafing on certain points of my hand.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> 
      </span>Some other poles that I’ve used have very hard handles which limit me to
      a fixed position/grip for my hand and I inevitably end up with blisters on my
      hands.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

      <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span
      lang=EN-US style='mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'>Miscellaneous – I e-mailed <span
      class=SpellE>Mountainsmith</span> (via their contacts link on their homepage)
      and asked about replacement carbide tips.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> 
      </span>They responded within one day and informed me that <span class=SpellE>Leki</span>
      replacement tips will fit their poles.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

      <p class=MsoNormal><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span lang=EN-US><o:p> </o:p></span></b></p>

      <p class=MsoNormal><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span lang=EN-US>Recommendations</span></b></p>

      <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-US><o:p> </o:p></span></p>

      <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-US>For the type and frequency of hiking and
      backpacking that I do, these poles have performed very well even though they
      are some of the cheapest available. <span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>I
      would recommend them to anyone.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>My
      personal preference is to remove the wrist straps because I’ve never used them
      – it’s not like downhill skiing where I might be afraid of losing a pole if
      it’s not strapped to my body.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>Also, the
      point covers are mostly useless because if I’m walking on smooth pavement I’m
      not likely to need/want the poles.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>There
      are lighter and stronger poles available, but I think <span class=SpellE>Mountainsmith</span>
      has produced a simple design that serves the purpose very well for a reasonable
      price.</span></p>

      <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-US><o:p> </o:p></span></p>

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