LT3C Trekking Poles (fixed length)
- Product Review (submitted on January 24, 2012):
- I have had many sets of poles over the years, all getting progressively lighter. My set before these was a pair of carbon fiber REI UL's which I liked except for the fact that the twist lock mechanism would occasionally collapse on me, or not lock easily when I wanted it to. The LT3C's are much lighter and do not have a locking mechanism to collapse which I greatly prefer. Simple is better. I have had these for a year now and would not want any other pole. It is true that until you have used poles this light it is hard to describe how quickly they move which can really prevent injury when you slip and are in reflexive mode and about to take a tumble. I have bent the poles into a significant curve when putting stress on them in emergency "saves" and have never had a problem with longitudinal strength. I snapped one in half by accidentally stepping on it horizontally with my full weight and ordered a replacement. You do need to be careful with them and not thoughtlessly toss your gear on top of them in the car, as is true with any hollow carbon fiber tube. Just be sure to put them on top and exercise a reasonable amount of due caution. Love 'em and would buy them all over again.