My daughter and I walked the 500 mile Camino de Santiago in November 2013 and were so glad we had our LT4 trekking poles! They are so lightweight, we hardly noticed we were carrying them, and they were indispensable for up hills, downhills, navigating scree, and just general ease of hiking. After a really windy day, I rigged up a sort of strap, using hair doodles, only because the poles were so light, I feared one might blow right our of my hand. After that, we didn't run into anymore strong winds of course, so didn't need the "straps." The only downside was that one pole seemed a bit persnickety, in below freezing temperatures the mechanism wouldn't stay extended. Once the temperature reached 40 degrees or so, it would work fine. The pole did the same thing yesterday when we hiked Pilot Mountain in NC, in the snow. At the rangers station, I held it under the hand dryer in the restroom and, after blasting it with warm air, it worked fine. It was a bit inconvenient, but it was only one of the poles, so I don't know what's up with that. Otherwise, we absolutely love these poles. They are durable and, did I mention, really light. On the Camino, people were amazed at how light they were. They are priced well, it is nice that you can buy a pair or just one. I really, really appreciate the light weight...no more hand cramps! Buy the LT4's, you will be glad you did! (Posted on 1/17/14)
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