Re: Application: Mountainsmith Trekking Poles - Kurt Papke
The poles have had some design and materials updates since 2009 - 7075 aluminum now vs. 6061 aluminum then, etc.
Thanks for the app,
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Kurt Papke <kwpapke@...> wrote:
> Question: is this test a repeat of the one we did in 2009?:
> Assuming not, my app follows.
> 1. Disclaimer: I have read the BackpackGearTest.org bylaws v. 0609 in
> their entirety and my signed compliance statement is on file.
> 2. Bio: Resident of Tucson, AZ. 6' 4", 230 lbs, age 59, gender=male,
> e-mail: kwpapke(at)gmail(dot)com. I do a variety of canyon, mountain
> and desert hiking, mostly in southern Arizona.
> 3. Link to Previous Test Reports:
> Includes one prior trekking pole test:
> 4. Link to Test Status Page: http://teststatus.backpackgeartest.org/T1789.htm
> 5. Tests in Progress: none
> 6. Outstanding Applications: none
> 7. Any BGT Roles: call manager, monitor(1)
> 8. Test plan: I have never used carbon fiber poles before because I am
> very hard on my poles and have had reservations concerning carbon
> fiber durability. I always use poles when hiking except when
> scrambling, and between my substantial weight, tough canyon
> conditions, and hiking pace I manage to destroy a pair of poles
> annually. This typically occurs when I do a "scree slide" and my feet
> go out from underneath me when descending a steep, gravelly canyon
> trail. My poles end up breaking my fall - I'd rather sacrifice them
> than me.
> I am intrigued by several other features of these Mountainsmith poles:
> the neoprene strap sounds pretty comfy, and I've never used cork
> handles before. I am bit dubious of the twist-lock adjustments with
> their 160lb limits, but willing to give them a try. The shock
> absorber lockout is something I'd use on my mountain bike, but I'm
> curious to see if/how I would use it on a trekking pole.
> We are entering into the winter hiking season here in Southern AZ, so
> these poles will get most of their miles in low-altitude mountains
> such as the Superstitions and Tucsons. I also have a January trip
> planned to the Mojave desert in California.
> All that said, please accept my application for testing the
> Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro trekking poles.