Owner Review - REI Traverse Shocklight Trekking Poles
- REI Traverse Shocklight Trekking Poles
Name: Mike Pearl
Height: 5’9” (1.75 Meters)
Weight: 155 Pounds (70 Kilograms)
Email address: mikepearl36@...
Date: August 10, 2010
Backpacking Background: My backpacking experience began six years ago. While
most trips are for two or three days, I have taking week long trips a few
times. I am aware of pack weight but it is not my primary concern. I strive
for enjoyable outings with functional and reliable gear. My hiking usually
takes me into woodland mountainous terrain. I have spent the night in all but
snowy conditions. But will day hike throughout the year in all conditions.
Manufacturer: Komperdell for REI
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Web site: www.rei.com
Listed Weight: 18.8 ounces (553 grams)
Measured Weight: 20.29 ounces (575 grams)
MSRP: $79.50 (US Dollars)
Product Description: The product comes without any packaging. A thin plastic
cord secures the two wrist straps keeping the poles together. The hiking poles
are constructed of 7075-T6 aluminum. The poles are adjustable with three
telescoping sections. Poles have a minimum length of 29 inches (74 cm) and a
maximum length of 56 inches (142cm). There is an anti-shock absorption feature
with the ability to lock out the pole making it rigid. This is done by twisting
the poles at the junction of the top and middle sections. The hand grips are
ergonomically shaped. The grips are covered with foam and have adjustable wrist
straps. The ends have tungsten carbide tips with removable plastic covers for
storing the poles. Poles come with plastic removable baskets.
I used the REI Traverse Shocklinght poles on a 24 mile (38.64 KM) section of
the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. This section travels through part of the
upper Connecticut River valley. The trail takes one through a patchwork of
wooded and cleared hills, ridges and valleys. It crosses farmlands, logging and
gravel roads. As well as paved roads through town, over the White River and
under an Interstate Highway. The trail is mostly hard packed dirt
and protruding rocks. Due to the weather a few over the ankle mud patches cover
the trail. Elevation ranges from 400 feet (120 meters) to 1,800 feet (549
meters). The temperature ranged from lows of 50F (10C) to highs of 80F
(26.7C). It lightly rained all morning on the first day of our two day hike.
The poles were useful securing balance on the rain slick rocks. On the uphill
sections the poles were helpful maintaining a steady pace. The anti-shock
became apparent and appreciated on the steep downhill areas. We encountered a
couple rain soaked waist high fields of grass. This provided a new function for
the poles of knocking a good amount of water away before I passed through.
Overall I like the REI Traverse Shocklight Trekking Poles. The hand grips are
comfortable and the straps provide a feeling of secure attachment. They feel
balanced when moving forward. The anti-shock gives a cushion to quick, hard
descends. The ability to collapse the poles is nice for storage and packing
into the car. I also found this handy for lashing poles to my pack. During
this outing with conditions encountered the poles performed well. I look
forward to using them snowshoeing this winter.
A few negatives I experienced with the REI Traverse Shocklight Trekking Poles.
I am not a fan of the sound made when the shaft of the pole strikes a rock. But
with some practice this is greatly minimized. My only difficultly so far is
engaging and disengaging the lock out of the shock. I seem to sometimes unlock
the telescope adjustment of the upper section inadvertently. Lastly the
removable baskets are not so removable. I tried repeatedly to remove the
baskets to the point I feared damaging the poles. But I cannot get the baskets
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- Welcome to BGT Mike.
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