IR - Big Agnes - Causeway Poles - Mike Pearl
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BIG AGNES CAUSEWAY HELINOX POLES
TEST SERIES BY MIKE PEARL
July 01, 2011
NAME: Mike Pearl
LOCATION: Woodstock, Vermont, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
WEIGHT: 155 lb (70.30 kg)
My backpacking experience began six years ago, after years of car camping. Most
trips are for two or three days, some lasting a week. I hike with a group of two
to four, with plans for a multi-day solo hike this summer. I pack a tent or tarp
depending on availability of trail shelters. My average mileage is 15 mi (24
km). While aware of weight, it is not my primary concern. I strive for enjoyable
outings with functional, reliable gear. I usually travel in woodland mountain
terrain. I am a three-season camper, but enjoy hiking all year.
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
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Year of Manufacture: 2011
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MSRP: US$ 134.95
Listed Weight: 17 oz (482 g)
Measured Weight: 19 oz (531 g) per pair with boots and baskets
Measured Weight Rubber Boots: 0.6 oz (18 g)
Measured Weight Baskets: 0.5 oz (15 g)
Listed Max Length: 57 in (145 cm)
Measured Max Length: 57 in (145 cm)
Listed Collapsed Length: 25 in (64 cm)
Measured Collasped Length: 26 in (66 cm)
Available With and Without Shock Apsorbtion
Tested with Shock Apsorbtion
Made in South Korea
The Causeway Poles arrived attached to a cardboard hanger. The hang tag
provides a fair amount of information. Here's most of it.
The poles are made by DAC, the tent pole company, for Helinox and are
distributed in the Americas by Big Agnes. DAC and Helinox state their mission
is to make outdoor gear that is the lightest weight with more strength and
better quality and performance.
An example of this is the DAC exclusive TH72M aluminum alloy of which the poles
While pushing for more advanced materials, environmental responsibility is also
being achieved. DAC uses the trademarked closed cycle process Green Anodizing
which is nitric and phosphoric acid free.
The Causeway is listed as ideal for extreme conditions and are available with or
without a shock absorber. The poles being tested are the GL145SA model, GL for
groove lock, 145 for the length of the poles in centimeters and SA for shock
absorption. The Groove Lock is a trademarked feature used to lock the length of
the poles. The mechanism has no external buttons or levers. There are internal
grooves on the shafts that engage mechanically to lock the poles. The handles
are ergonomically shaped using hypoallergenic and breathable EVA.
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Sizing and care are also covered on the packaging with the following
Advice on sizing the poles gives the 90 degree rule of thumb.
The only maintance recommedations is for after wet conditions. You should
separate individual segments and allow to dry thoroughly.
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The poles are held together with a small plastic clip. A great idea for when
the poles are in storage. However, the clip doesn't have enough hold and the
poles are easily dislodged. I will be jettisoning the clip.
The Causeway has three sections that slide into the one above it to adjust
length. Printed on the upper shaft is the Helinox logo and company web
address. As well as the model number and mention of the Groove Lock System.
The grip has a long 8.5 in (14 cm) downward extension. Three or four turns and
the middle section easily extends. Maximum and minimum lengths, weight and
country of origin are printed on this section. As well and length increments in
5 cm intervals at each groove in the pole. At the end of the middle section at
stop point is printed. I slowly continued to extended the pole disconnecting
the two section to reveal the shock and locking mechanism. The locking
mechanism is a plastic piece that flairs out at the bottom when screwed down
(locking the pole) to expand into groove on shaft it is housed. When collapsing
the pole, the opposite occurs. There is a small metal pin at the top of the
screw portion of the mechanism. This prevents the flaring piece from being
removed. The shock is located below the locking mechanism and moves into the
middle section when engaged. The lower shaft works in the same fashion minus
The tips are covered with a rubber boot and is removable. The basket are 2.25
in (5.7 cm) in diameter and are also removable.
READING THE INSTRUCTIONS
The instructions are quick and easy.
1. Unlock the sections to adjust. Lock on selected groove. The poles adjust in
5 cm increments.
2. Maintain the middle section longer than the lower for increased stiffness.
TRYING IT OUT
Unlocking, extending and locking the poles is easy enough. A slight click of
the groove is felt. When fully extended the poles easily flexed. Adjusting
down to my size of use, 120 cm. I notice the lower section is labeled zero and
then with -5cm intervals. The middle section denotes the usable length. At
this setting 120 cm and 0 cm the pole still has a good deal of flex. I then
made the suggested adjustment of keeping the lower section shorter. Now at 135
cm and -15 cm the flex is greatly reduced but still noticeable.
With the poles properly adjusted I walked upon and down my gravel driveway.
The wrist strap is comfortable and easy to adjust with a pull to make it either
longer or shorter. The grip and extension are both of good shape and texture.
But the diameter feels too small to me. There is also a noticeable rattling
sound and slight vibration when the poles strike the ground. Holding the pole
in the air and shaking it also creates the rattling sound. The shock absorber
is cushiony and easily engaged.
During the coarse of a eight day backpacking trip in Yellowstone National Park I
will focus on several points. My biggest concern is the flex and rattle in the
poles. Will this lead to a bigger problem or just bug me? Also of concern are
the grips comfort and ability to handle moisture on all day treks. How well the
locking mechanism holds the set length.? Overall strength and durability will
all be considered.
The Helinox Causeway trekking poles are sleek and attractive. I like the
lightweight and stream line design of the Groove Lock. I am concern about the
flex and rattle in the poles, however. I give DCA kudos for being a producer of
outdoor gear that is concerned about the environment.
This concludes my Initial Report. Please check back in two month to see how the
Helinox Causeway poles and I get along during Field Testing.
I would like to thank Big Agnes and BackpackGearTest.org for making this Test
This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
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