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Trail Blaze Poles (Pair)

Trail Blaze Poles (Pair)
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Product Code:  YB101
Brand:  Mountain King


At last a British Made Pair of Lightweight Poles, which are strong, compact, able to perform on the hill and folds down small enough to slot into your rucksack. And they come in different colours too - just perfect!

Available in a variety of fixed lengths of 110cm to 130cm they arrive in a neat mesh pouch for storage. Weighing in at only 131g to 143g per pole they are lighter than any carbon based pole currently available. Just pull the cord running down the shaft and they lock into place!

The wrist loop is fixed, so no fiddling as you walk. The hand grip is of the 'firm foam' airflow variety, not the normal hard material. Made from 11mm 7075 Aluminium Alloy, the standard carbide tip will give you miles of wear along with the exchangeable trekking basket.

How do they perform?

We've had ours a few years now using them to run with on the hills for a OMM Mountain Marathon and for casual walks whenever we can. Great for climbing fast and supporting our balance when descending at speed. When you accidentally apply pressure (staggering!) the 11mm aluminium certainly flexes more than the normal carbon poles we've used. An excessive 'full weight fall' will bend the poles of course.

In the last couple of years these poles have become the item of choice for Marathon Des Sables competitors and other Adventure Racers.

As light as they are, they do catch the breeze in a strong cross wind, so you have to be careful not to trip over a pole by accident!

Conclusion?

We love them! They have now become our pole of choice, especially as they will compact down small enough to pack either in the rucksack, or clipped onto the shoulder harness by shockcord, ready for use.

In the off chance a pole should be damaged by a heavy fall preventing it's use. All spare parts are available from Mountain King a great little British company based up in Newcastle, where their factory overlooks Hadrian's Wall. Therefore spare parts are easy to obtain if you ever need them.
Which size do I need?

Hold you forearms parallel to the ground and measure the distance from the top of your fist to the floor. If you are between sizes, go for the nearest pole measurement. Your hand movement is more effective holding a pole and pushing down, rather than pulling up!

Details:
110cm Pole. Weight Each: 131g. Folded Length: 33cm
115cm Pole. Weight Each: 133g. Folded Length: 34cm
120cm Pole. Weight Each: 135g. Folded Length: 36cm
125cm Pole. Weight Each: 138g. Folded Length: 37cm
130cm Pole. Weight Each: 143g. Folded Length: 39cm
Supplied in mesh travel bag

Colours: Black, Blue

Reviews:
Recommended - (TGO March 2102)
Recommended - (TGO Best of the Tests - October 2012)
Average Rating (3 Reviews):  
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The best U can get
Wednesday, 20 August 2014  | 

Im using the poles for running in mountains. They are easy to use and fits my needs perfect. When im not using them i just click them on the back of an Ultimate Direction vest. I live in sweden and wanna say thanks for great service and fast shipping.

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Great value
Sunday, 29 June 2014  | 

Used for a 2 week trek on the GR20. Chosen mainly because they pack small enough to fit inside a rucksack for travel. They were surprisingly sturdy and did the job well. The length is not adjustable but that did not really bother me much.

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Trail Blaze Poles
Monday, 14 October 2013  | 

These poles are simply amazing. Incredibly strong considering how light weight they are and fold up to easily tuck away in our pack. I have used them to training for the North Pole dragging tyres and for trekking in the desert. I am about to use them for climbing the 'Mountains of the Moon'. Backpacking light is also a great supplier who know their stuff and really go the extra mile to help. I have just recommended these poles to a friend doing the MDS this year.

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