Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
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.
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.
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!