Four-wheel hiking
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Four-wheel hiking
Forget the stares. Trek poles save knees, work upper bodies and are handy for impromptu fencing practice. — Scott DoggettNote: Price is per pair. All the poles extended to 55 inches. Unlike hiking staffs, trekking poles are designed to be used two at a time.
I found the “easy-lock system” clunky, the strap adjustments trickier than a Rubik’s cube and the cork grips of the Cor-Tec version too firm. At 20.8 ounces a pair, the poles were the heaviest of the group. Retracting to 32 inches, they were also the hardest to pack. I did like their vibration-curbing feature. $140. (800) 255-9982,<> (Eric Boyd / LAT)
The locking mechanism on this Black Diamond creation couldn’t be simpler. I found no fault in the grips, but strap adjustments were a bit cumbersome. Like the Superlite 3s, these poles lack shock absorbers, which slightly reduce strain on elbows, but the absence of that feature didn’t really bother me. $125. (801) 278-5552, (Eric Boyd / LAT)
The straps on this Tracks product adjusted easily, the locking mechanism was a snap, and the foam grips and wooden knob were a comfortable fit. Retracting to 26 1/2 inches, the Superlite 3 was also the easiest to pack. There’s a hidden camera mount under each knob and rubber feet (shown) for street use. $125. (801) 278-5552, (Eric Boyd / LAT)
The UL stands for ultralight, and, at %13.6 ounces per pair, these were the lightest poles by far. They contain mini- shock absorbers that twist lock — same as the Leki poles, but the twist locks on these REI products were easier to use. Strap adjustments were simple and the foam grips as good as they get. A terrific product. $145. (Eric Boyd / LAT)