The subject of hiking poles comes up a lot. Specifically, what kind to get? Most people realize the value poles provide when coming down the Half Dome hike. They save your knees coming down. I do not do the hike –or any hike longer than an hour with hills – without them.
The best, name-brand poles can cost up to $150. Occasionally, I hear that the Big Box stores sell a line for $15-18. Costco for $25. Hmmm. That’s way cheaper than name poles. Hey, I can’t tell you what to spend your money on. Honest – poles do help.
If the econo-poles work for you then you made a good purchase. I find that “you get what you pay for.” At $18 do you think they will last? Dunno. They ar often Asian-made with low grade steel that will rust out or fail when you need them most. Putting your body weight on them to break a fall is not a time to save a few bucks. Serious injury can occur. Many times I have slipped on loose gravel, and would have hit the deck if I didn’t have my poles to catch me.
Leki is the market leader with Black Diamond, and a couple others also available. So what justifies the higher price? Here are some of the differences.
* Guaranteed for life
* Strong aluminum, carbon or titanium shafts
* Spring loaded to dampen impact.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “In the velvet darkness, of the blackest night, burning bright. There’s a guiding star; no matter what or who you are.” – Rocky Horror Picture Show
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com