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14mm Walking Pole Extender

Our Price:  £12.99(Inc. 20% VAT)Earn 12 Loyalty Points

Product Code:  YA101


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Please note: We cannot guarantee this pole will work with all flick-lock style walking poles. It will fit some by Leki and Black Diamond and therefore we recommend you watch the video to assertain if it is worth trying with your model. Please also see the 'Missing Link' extender for 12mm poles sections which may be a better option.

At last the strongest, most stable, reliable solution to convert your walking poles into a support for the Teepee style shelter, Shangri-La 3, Shangri-La 4, Megalight, Megamid, Hex Peak, tarp and any shelter requiring a solid tall adjustable pole.

This came to me in a 'light-bulb' moment when I was struggling to use a strap linking system to tie two walking poles together to create a single strong supporting pole. Although it worked I wouldn't want to rely on it in a storm and looking at the inherent strength of the top two sections of a traditional walking pole, it occurred to me that a short lower extension which linked them with another two identical sections would be ideal.

Once I did my research as to the diameter of most walking poles I could get my hands on, I realized that most of them use a 14mm diameter pole as the lowest section (before it tapers) and thus the 300mm x 14mm extension unit was born.

(This extender suits poles which are made from 18mm, 16mm and 14mm sections. Slim lightweight poles made from 16mm, 14mm and 12mm sections require our other extension tube)

Currently this extension unit is known to fit Alpkit, Craig Hoppers, Leki (Classic Only), Pacer, Mountain King (Carbon Compact and Expedition) and Trekmates walking poles. This list will be added to, as the knowledge base expands.

Made from normal pole alloy it weighs 46g and is Magenta in colour so you can find it easily in your bag.

Simply unscrew the lower section of each walking pole and slide the extension unit into place, twist and lock it into place and sorted.

Please ensure there is a good 'overlap' of each section over the joining section to provide maximum stability and strength. To remove simply reverse the process and replace the lower section back into place.

A word of warning: Do take care removing/replacing the lower pole section and slotting in the extension unit, to ensure the plastic expanders slide into place without damaging the fins. No responsibility will be taken for any damaged expanders which have been forced or damaged in any way.

How to measure your pole diameter:
Remove lower pole section. Tear a strip of scrap paper a few centimetres long and wrap it around the solid top of the section, nearest to the plastic expander. Crease the paper with your finger nails where your thumb and forefinger touch. Then measure the distance between the two marks.
If the measurement is approx 44mm the pole is 14mm in diameter.
If the measurement is approx 38mm then the pole is 12mm diameter and you will require the 16mm tube instead.

Will fit all walking poles with a 14mm lower section, currently;

Craig Hopper
Leki Classic (NOT the ligthweight series - you need the 16mm version)
Leki Khumbu Makalu
Pacer Alloy only (For the Carbon Pacers - you need the 16mm version)
Mountain King

Measuring your pole diameter
Twist and remove the lower section of your walking pole. You need to measure at the top of the pole, just below the 'twist lock' system.

If you don't have the manufacturers information or a digital caliper, you can try this simple method. Mathematically with a radius of 7mm the (internal) circumference should be  2 x pi x R = 43.96mm. However, if you use a slip of paper and wrap it around the pole, then lay it against a ruler, we are getting a measurement of 48-50mm. That's close enough!



  • Total length including expanders 380mm x 14mm
  • Extension allows a maximum limit of 250mm
  • Alloy
  • Colour: Magenta
  • Weight: 46g
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Brilliantly Effective
Monday, 3 July 2017  | 

Clever. Very Clever. Converted my old Leki Makalus into a strong-as-you-like pole for the Luxe Hexpeak, proving itself over two blustery nights in the Mournes.

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017  | 

Light and easy to use. Fits old Alpkit Carbonlite poles. Not tested in extreme weather but well made so I"d have confidence in it.

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14 mm extention
Friday, 10 March 2017  | 

Can not fault a single thing the product is well made and works great. the service was excellent the staff most helpful could not ask for more after i ordered the wrong size to start with Thank you all DUNC

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Super Solution!
Thursday, 12 January 2017  | 

I have Komperdell (C3 Carbon) poles.

At first it was a bit hard to make the inner expand, not enough friction, but by working with it towards the opening, I finally got the hang of it.

Probably because my carbon poles are "a lot" bigger than 14mm on the inside I guess.

It feels strong, and I guess you wouldn't save a lot of weight if made in carbon, since the diameter is so narrow, so overall I believe it's a 5 star solution 👍

My scale stops at 47 gr.
Ps. Rose, would there be any real save by making it from a carbon pole instead?

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walking pole tent extender
Monday, 7 November 2016  | 

wow this is light.i connected it to my fizan ultralight poles and initially thought it must be the wrong size but after fiddling around with it tightened ,im really pleased it will be great with the sil hex peak v4a and the one man inner .top marks

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So Far, So Good
Sunday, 16 October 2016  | 

They do what they are supposed to do. They feel lightweight in use but also sturdy. I've only done a few hundred km's with them but I don't have any worries about their durability. I've had 5 nights out in the central highlands using them with the 14mm extender as a support for the Mini Peak II shelter and they work really well with that. Very satisfied with the product.

Also, customer service from Backpacking Light is excellent as usual.

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14mm pole extender
Wednesday, 25 May 2016  | 

should have purchased one earlier, very well made, works perfect, excellent buy, great service and delivery as is ever from backing light.
thank you..

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Equipment > Shelters > Shelter Accessories 14mm Walking Pole Extender
Monday, 2 May 2016  | 

I was very surprised how well this worked with my two walking poles. The extender was very easy to put together and so far it seems very strong..

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Does exactly what it should
Wednesday, 15 July 2015  | 

See subject.
The only criticism I have is that it's not available in Germany.
Thanks for the sweets. My daughter enjoyed it.

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As simple as breathing!
Wednesday, 22 April 2015  | 

Much like my review of the 16mm pole extension tube, there is nothing negative to say.

The 14mm pole extender is an inherently simple device to use... and if you know how to remove the lower tubes from your hiking pole, then you will instinctively already know how to connect the extension tube. It really is as easy as breathing, and you're breathing all the time (or, at least, I would hope you are).

The weight is terrifyingly non-existent! I pick it up and it weighs so little that my first worry was that I'd break it in half by simply exhaling on it.
Fortunately, it's tough as nails... so that momentary concern on my part was entirely unwarranted.

The pole provides two respective "STOP" indicators to denote the absolute maximum amount of protrusion you should allow of the extender itself between the two connected hiking poles. Personally, I see no reason to have even that much of the extension tube protruding (at least, not with my full-length hiking poles). The less protrusion, the greater the structural integrity of your joined pole.
Likewise, the more evenly you insert the extension pole into each respective hike pole, the greater the structural integrity.

It's simple, it's robust!

Only thing to be careful of (and it states this clearly on the description page, as well as in the small instruction sheet provided with the extender) is that you don't snag one of the plastic "lips" of the locking fixtures against the connecting tubes on your respective hiking poles.

Personally, I always place my thumb and forefinger around the contact point between the the two as I'm inserting it... thus eliminating any possibility of a snag in the first place.

So... don't go at it like a bull in a China shop, because (as with all things) you run the risk of making a silly mistake. A bit of common sense and you won't have any problems what-so-ever.


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