I have always been against the use of hiking poles, but some recent events (a twisted knee, a couple of spills)have convinced me that I should get a pair. I think that, used correctly, the poles will relieve some strain on my knees, and possibly give me more secure footing on sketchy terrain. (On the other hand, I feel like a bit of a traitor!) I know that the Hiking Poles/No Hiking Poles debate ranks right up there with Hang Food/Sleep with Food, or Tent/Shelter as a topic of controversy, and I was hesitant to switch sides.
Anyway, I am thinking of getting a pair of one-piece carbon fiber poles, like the STIX Pro Carbon Fiber poles, or the (adjustable) GG Lightrek4s (I saw ChillyWilly’s recent post about these). I would like something really light. The drawback is that I guess they are less durable than more traditional poles. Does anyone have long term experience (good or bad) with poles like this, or would you recommend something else? All advice welcome!
I am going to be doing a 2-3 day section hike in the next month or two, and will probably buy or borrow some poles to use.
Thanks for your ideas, and I hope to see you on the AT! (I hope to be the one with the shiny new poles)