Rated 4 out of 5áby litoguti The expanders are a bit flimsy
These are great poles! There is a design issue, I believe, with the expanders. Fortunately, Dana at the Product Support Department was very helpful; he knew exactly what I needed and is shipping a couple of replacements for me. That is good service and LLBean is living up to its reputation.
February 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby ProductReview Excellent but I'm not an AVID hiker
These poles are great for the regular hiker....can't rate for a really tough hike but for what I've used them for they are outstanding. Love the handles (right word?).....they fit into the hand perfectly. For what we do I couldn't have made a better choice.
January 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby wfm1 Great poles
I have used them three times so far, for about 20 miles and all in the mountains over rocks. I could not be anymore satisfied with them. Light with comfortable cork handles and good straps. Try them and you won't be disappointed.
October 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby FiftyYearBeaner Easier walking
After recent spine surgery, I relearned how to walk, albeit somewhat clumsy and not with speed. A neighbor mountaineer suggested walking sticks (he has used his 20 years), and pointed out that LLBean poles are of the same Austrian heritage as his own. Order arrived quickly and poles were easy to adjust to the proper length and proper handle strap snugness. The old gentleman was correct -- easier and faster to walk with improved balance (and thus far better exercise) even carrying a small backpack (mail, few books). Legs now stronger, daily walks are longer, and my dog is happy to have me back in action. These poles are excellent value, easy to setup, strong, secure and light weight -- and will likely last 20 years as well. Recommended.
August 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Buckneezer Treking Poles
This is our second pair and as I get older the more dependent on these to use while hiking. Give great stability both on uneven terrain and level. Strong sturdy construction and good material. Light weight and easily transported.
June 25, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby kitycat Great for hiking
I used the hiking poles for the first time on an eight-mile hike yesterday. They made the hike much more enjoyable and comfortable, especially when ascending and descending. However, I noticed at the end of the hike, one of the poles was missing it's rubber tip, and the metal was exposed. I'll have to find a replacement tip for it.
May 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby ravencall Just what I needed
I wanted hiking sticks, not for heavy hiking but for my long walks near home. These were the inexpensive sticks but I really can't see why I would want anything else. When I walk with my dog I use one - it helps with balance on bumpy, narrow trails and a frisky strong dog on leash. When I'm without my dog I use two and feel as if the sticks take on half of the work that my body does, especially when going up or down inclines. I forgot them when taking a long walk last week with a friend and was I sorry!
March 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby Shae great for hiking not so for snow shoeing
These work well for hiking/walking. However, the snow baskets fall off in the snow. I've had to retrace my steps to find the baskets buried in the snow. 0(
I ended up snowshoeing without the baskets. Very tiring.
February 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby TGIPW Outstanding!
I've had these poles for almost a year now and have used them for some very hard hiking -- routinely 15-18 miles a week in very rugged terrain. They are outstanding! I very highly recommend them. They have held up very well. I have had absolutely no problems with them. They make a gigantic difference in the hiking -- even more than I thought they would. I initially was thinking of getting the ones with the springs inside, but am very glad that I did not. These ones without the springs are lighter and simpler and work perfectly. If you use proper technique, you don't need shock absorbers. Two recommendations to go with your poles would be: (1) Get some bicycling gloves with padding the right places (preferably gloves without velcro closures that will get in the way). You really do need to use gloves with any poles. And then (2) be sure you learn how to use proper technique with the poles. To use them without proper technique will do you little or no good. Technique is crucial. I found that the DVD by Jayeh Paley called Poles for Hiking, Trekking, and Walking was exceptionally helpful in showing me how to use the poles. So, get these great poles from L.L. Bean and then arm yourself with the DVD and some gloves. The poles are great -- and make an incredible difference when rightly used.
December 16, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5áby mkrekeler Lacks Shock Absorbers
Thes poles are the first trekking poles I've ever bought/used. I purchased them because I really wasn't sure I'd like using poles. Well, I love using poles but I've learned some things in the short time I've had these.
First, you want poles with shock absorbers which these do not. They are okay if you use on the trails but when you attach rubber tips (which have to be bought separately) and use on concrete..whew...it's pretty hard on your arms and hands.
Secondly, they have to be twisted to tighten. There has been two occasions when they have loosened. So my next poles will have clasps.
The poles came with no instructions at all. I attached the baskets and lost both of them on my first hike. I realized now that they have to twist to go on. (Had to buy a second set from LL Bean).
I've thought about returning or exchanging the poles, but I think I'll hold on to them and read up more on other trekking poles and brands before making my next purchase decision.
But they did what I wanted and made me fall in love with trekking the trails with poles
November 2, 2013