Review Aluminum Trekking Poles -TrailBuddy Poles (2 pck)

Product: TrailBuddy Trekking Poles – Strong, Lightweight 7075 Aluminum (2 pck)

Price: $36.99

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

Length:

21 inches – disassembled

24.5 inches – collapsed

54 inches – fully extended

Weight Per Pole:

9.7 ounces without basket or tip

10.2 ounces with basket or tip

My rating: 9 out of 10


Strong, Sturdy, Secure

Trailbuddy Aluminum Trekking Poles have completely impressed me. So many poles are weak, and break under pressure. Simply put, these ones do not. They can have lots of weight on them, be used frequently and take you along unstable and rocky terrain. These poles withstand the measures they are subjected too. Trailbuddy aluminum poles are just all around tough poles.

You know when you go for a walk and feel a weak pole kind of quiver under your body weight? Well not with these ones you don’t. That’s something I like about them. I have gone out before with a weaker material and I just didn’t trust them. I didn’t trust them to withhold my weight or to not break under pressure.

The poles do not waver. They are sturdy and they do not give me a reason not to trust them. But alas, I always pictured a super sturdy and strong pole to be heavy. But ladies and gents, that is not the case. These are strong AND light.

Lightweight

Now this may very well be one of my favorite features of them. Hiking poles are great for many reasons, one of them being that they allow you to hike longer and be less fatigued. This is just accelerated when you have lighter poles. Some poles you can “feel” when you walk. You are picking them up and pulling them forward. Not a good thing. It would actually tire one out. Which is a total catch 22.

Hiking poles are designed to make hiking safer, steadier and more efficient. These poles are so lightweight that they do just that. You barely feel them. I highly recommend these poles for this reason alone. But the fact that they made them lightweight aluminum and so steady – well I am just sold.

Trekking Poles

Lever-locking

I kid you not, I just got back from a hike. But alas, I didn’t have these poles with me, and I missed them. The poles I used were twist lock. So here I am, making my way down a steep, slippery and muddy hill and my pole gives out because it wasn’t twisted tight enough.

Folks, I was a flailing mess. The trail buddy poles here have lever locks. You can adjust them with gloves on or off, in any weather and then they STAY IN PLACE.

To anyone that has been in the shoes I was this morning, awkwardly trying to catch my balance when my pole randomly gave out, you know just how immensely important this feature is. Do not over look it friends. It can save you from a lot of embarrassing (Thankfully my wife wasn’t video taping my flailing, yelping self). But more importantly, it can save you from a nasty and completely preventable fall.

Today was an eye-opener for me. I can’t afford to not have my lever-locking poles with me. Especially when I hit up the mountains this summer.

All about comfort

The handles on these babies are quite lovely. They actually mold to the shape of your hand. Now this can seem like an unnecessary luxury. You could argue that it is. But it is a luxury I seriously enjoy having. Especially on long hikes. Last summer we did a ten-hour hike. And having comfortable handles makes a big difference when the hours start adding up.

They handles are also moisture wicking. Which is a fancy way of saying that they draw moisture away from the body so that it can evaporate more easily.

Straps on hiking poles often can chaff or irritate the hand. And while I don’t think I will ever find a strap that I full on enjoy, I must say that these ones are not terrible. The straps have padding in them. Not a bulky amount, but enough to not chaff the skin.


Have any of you guys tried these poles? Or do you have any poles you prefer over them? If so, please leave a comment and let me know!

 

4 thoughts on “Review Aluminum Trekking Poles -TrailBuddy Poles (2 pck)

  1. Caleb, Great review and very informative. I want to try some! But… I am stuck in the past with a wood staff that I’ve been using for so many years the I miss it when walking in the grocers store. One question, do the poles come two for the 36 or is that each?
    Sanders

    1. Thanks for the interest. In the next article I plan to write will be about cheap walking poles such as wooden walking sticks or just sticks you can pick up in the bush for nothing and which benefits that can be developed using each kind. How long have you had your wooden walking stick? I have a wooden hiking stick that a friend of mine has made for me.

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