Hiking poles make a great companion for any day-hike or multi-day adventure. Hiking poles help reduce knee fatigue, improve stability and can help you control your speed in ascents and descents. The Anti-Shock technology adds increased comfort on descents while the telescoping technology allows for customized length based on user. When you are carrying a backpack, covering long distances or traversing, four legs are truly better than two!
Padded wrist strap for increased comfort
Textured cork handle provides increased grip and comfort
Cork and foam handle provides multiple grip options
Internal Anti-Shock Spring Technology
Adjustable telescoping technology makes for easy storage and custom length selection
Non-slip Carbide tip for secure pole plants on various surfaces
Protective caps, trekking baskets, and rubber tips for concrete surfaces included
I have to admit, when I first started backpacking (19 years old) I thought only the older folk had to use trekking poles. Now that I am much wiser (lol, and in worse shape) I understand the need for these. They are key for heavy loads and make the trip easier as we have a lot of upper body strength that is otherwise not utilized. For steep terrain and a heavy pack, these are a must. I was skeptical about the "shocks", but they really do take some of the pressure off your arms and adds a nice cushioned grip when descending.
I took a chance in getting these as they are half the price of the different brand that I was going to get. Having used them for a few months now I can say that I am totally satisfied with them and happy to have saved almost $40 by not buying the alternative. I was a little aprehensive about the twist-locks, but they have worked out just great with no problems at all. The marked lengths are nice. The cork grips are warm to the touch and do not get slippery from perspiration. I think they will wear well. Nice gold color, too. The spike tip is working out great now that the weather has turned cold and snowy. It had been a while since I had bought a Kelty product and it's nice to see that they are still the same old great company with excellent products at an honest price.
I have only used them once but extending them and retracting them was done with easy. On the trail the performs as expected and very pleased with the Poles. I have tryed many styles and brands for the price the worked out Great!
=====================above was written back in May and the poles were new... I now have taken them with me all summer and I increased my rating from 4 to 5.. they have worn extreamly well with all the abuse I gave them, not one problem with the extenting parts (that goes first on the rest of my poles) - to YES I would highly recommend these poles!!!!!
The Ridgeline 2.0 Trekking Pole Set work good for poles for the Noah's tarps when used as a sleeping tarp. They are easily adjustable for height. Very light weight. I haven't had an opportunity to use them on a hike yet but they will help my worn out knees.
Finally bought a pair of trekking poles since my knees are in bad shape after a 50 miler in Shawnee State Forest. (aka the meat grinder) Hubby also ended up buying a pair as well. We took them down to Red River Gorge for a weeklong hiking trip. Overall they performed quite well. The ease of use gets 5 stars, their "stickiness" on wet, slippery rock and even dry rock for that matter also gets 5+ stars. They seriously saved me a couple of nasty falls because of how well the tip stuck to whatever surface it came into contact with. First day out we lost 2 of the 4 baskets but I think that was because we didn't have them on tight enough. (Once we tightened them down, they were fine) We were able to find one of the baskets on our way back, but still down one basket. As to their durability I give them abot 4 stars. Bent one pole horribly and it is unusable now. Hit it against a rock, and it bent right up.
Even tho I have no experience with trekking poles, I think for the price you definately get an overall great pole. Just don't bang them too hard against something and they are fine.
My Leki poles were stolen and I decided to try these Kelty poles since I love the quality of my other Kelty camping gear. I just completed a 6 day hike with them and am extremely happy. The copper color is pretty and makes them easy to locate, they are easy to adjust, durable, and the grips and wrist straps are just perfect for me. One of the other great pluses is that I would have spent $100.00 more to replace the Lekis.
I always said I'd never use hiking poles, but as I'm getting a bit older, I've found they give just the extra stability needed for sure-footedness. I picked up a set of these last summer and have used them several times. They adjust easily, construction seems to be of a high quality, and they do the job! What more can you ask?
I really like 'em.
The shafts on these poles are very well fitted and finished, the twist locks hold well and the grips and straps are first rate. Actually the top ends of these poles are superior to many higher-priced offerings from Kelty's competitors. These are very good poles.
In fact there is not a better price-value pair of poles in the market today. I know this because I've been using poles for more than a decade; this is not my first rodeo. I know value when I see it.
And so I am very pleased to recommend these Kelty poles to you all, no reservation whatsoever.
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