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    I bought these a couple of months and are happy with them so far but have only used them locally where the ups and downs are not as harsh.

    http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/,...nti-Shock.html

    I needed to replace my Lekis's that had bent really badly when I tried to use them to prevent myself from taking a header into a swamp. I could blame the poles and say Leki poles are crap but we all know that's not true. Anything will break if you abuse it enough.
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    I have a paid of walmart poles and they have been going strong for a while. Can't beat them for $12

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    I have been most pleased w/my Gossamer Gear Poles. General treking... fast packing.

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    the blue walmrt poles for me work fine and have held up quite well for over a year now

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    After 2 years my blue wallyworld poles broke. Bought a new set for $20, only now they are red.
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    I picked up a set but I decided against using them mainly because the grip didn't fit my big hands right and I found them noisy. Mostly just personal preference stuff. My puppy does love to chew on the handles though.

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    Walmart has new poles in some stores, these have the outside locking mechanisms...was $23. Anyone else have or seen them yet?

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    the walmart poles are actually reasonably light, the grips are just HEAVY. If you replace the grips with a lighter grips, you can have a set of poles that weighs 13 oz, not 22 oz. Tremendous difference. and unbeatable deal for the $

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    My hiking partner uses Wally poles and has had the same pair for 6 yrs now. He has the red ones. Works fine for him on any terrain, easy or treacherous-treachorous? Kevin

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    Wally World poles may last but other products may not....

    Many times Walmart is able to sell "brands for less" because companies use cheaper components in their stuff sold at Walmart. I discovered that years ago after buying a Hunter fan that just didn't last as long and needed parts. When the Hunter fan rep asked for the model and serial number they came back immediately and said. "Did you buy that at WalMart? " then clued me in on the dirty little secret.

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    I saw Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Hiking Poles at my local Costco for about $27

    http://www.cascademountaintech.com/Articles.asp?ID=253
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    Quote Originally Posted by louisb View Post
    I picked up a set but I decided against using them mainly because the grip didn't fit my big hands right and I found them noisy. Mostly just personal preference stuff. My puppy does love to chew on the handles though.

    --louis
    When the cam isn't set right and its a three section pole the bottom rattles - you extend it, lock it, and rattles disappear.

    Spokes- I too saw that firsthand when Walmart destroyed the "Rubbermaid" brand - it is no longer made in the USA.

    There is nothing wrong with Walmart trek poles... but someday you will want something better made - lighter - and better tipped.
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    This week I am going back to a thrift store in Amarillo where I saw carbon ski poles for $2.50 I will pick them up and report back here if you are interested. Fun, fun.
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    I've used the Outdoor Walmart poles for the last 450 miles with no problems.

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    I did find they work great for holding up one side of my hammock tarp.

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    I'm looking into these. No sticks on the ground where I am going.

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    I had a pair from WalMart and the locking mechanism broke, but my friend's husband said it was an easy fix. Took a $20 pair from Target on our section hike and shared with a friend (she didn't want the weight, but soon learned the value). They were great for our 85 miles and still holding up. I like the springy shock absorber action better than the ski poles I used for the Grand Canyon. However, when I picked up a pair of the higher end poles at Big 5, they are much lighter.
    Unlike most people on this site, I'm on a budget. My junior tent from WalMart has held up well and is lighter than many UL options and was only $20. And I'm all excited about an aluminum mug I found there for $2.
    I would prefer to purchase items made in the USA (are there any?) from a company that treats their employees well.
    I appreciate reading the input, especially of those who have used both. Take my friend's advice and use some type of poles!

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    Walmart poles; what could go wrong?

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    I had a set of Leki's that I left on the trail (BOO BOO) in Maine.
    I bought a set of the twist lock type at nearest WalMart. Two years later, they're holding up just fine.
    I will admit that the grips and straps are not as good (comfortable) as the Lekis. Especially the strap adjustment.
    But, fot the cost, I have no complaints. Fully functional.
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