Grivel Himalaya Trail Pole 480g/pair!

Product Description

The Grivel Himalaya Trail Pole utilises avalanche probe technology to create one of the most lightweight yet surprisingly durable trekking poles available.

A simple push on the button unlocks the system and the lower section slides into the upper tube. A simple pull to lengthen it, a click on the button and the system blocks. The exact point is indicated by a coloured line showing where upper section meets up and by the hand symbol showing where the spring releases blocking the system. Grip in super light and soft EVA covering the whole upper part so it can be held wherever preferred – thanks to the 30cm variable grip, these poles can be used by all bar the shortest individuals. Basket and spike in one piece, very compact with the long lasting and resistant tip in carbite, sinterised material. The basket itself operates on a kind of ball-and-socket mechanism thus altering its angle automatically to contour to the terrain. Very clever! Seen here in my Snowdon video: http://youtu.be/_KuExD_4h64

Specification

  • Length: 125cm
  • Weight: 480g (per pair)
  • Supplied as a pair
  • Pole section diameter: 14mm

Features

  • Patented design
  • Quick-adjust wrist loops
  • Fast to open and fold up
  • Dependable: no spare parts to lose

A key feature of the poles is the fold down size, at 40cm for the 115cm poles, meaning that they easily fit into a rucksack for climbing or traveling. The steel ferrels seem substantial and the plastic coated connecting wire looks thick enough to be durable in the long term. The yellow velcro backed strap attached to the bottom of the wrist loops acts as a neat roll strap to keep the three sections together when collapsed. No problem assembling the pole but releasing the button to fold the poles does take some practice. The technique for opening and closing the poles  seems to be, twist the sections slightly while pressing the button. There is a point at which the rotation of the sections drags the button down into the hole, meaning you don’t have to completely depress the button to release it. A good tip (for any poles) is to regularly spray the joints with WD40. This prevents the tube corroding from the inside and eventually ceasing up. The carbide tips, which are built into the basket unit, are nice and grippy on rock and don’t skid like regular steel tips. Not having any length adjustment is a compromise of weight saving but at least you don’t have to continually worry about whether your poles are adjusted to optimum length or not. Just snap them together and that’s it. I used a 115cm pair which, for me, was pretty much spot on. Having an extended hand grip is useful if you were finding the poles a little too long on a steep climb. You could easily grip the pole lower down, but then your hand would be outside the wrist loop. I prefer to hike without my hands inside the wrist loop so I can adjust the height of the pole in my hand on the go. I also find wrist loops an obstruction.

Buy them here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Grivel-Himalaya-Trail-Poles/dp/B003R9G83Y

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