Rated 4 out of 5 by cowlegs good poles
Just used these poles on a long weekend on a variety of terrain in NH White Mtns including level-moderate incline forest, stream crossing, heavily rooted trail, and steep slopes up and down, rocky, and they did well overall. I had rubber tips which I recommend the separate purchase. HOWEVER RECOMMEND TO LL BEAN they use a stickier grade of rubber on their tips (this is my business: they need to use a tire-tread grade for best traction) because these slipped on some smooth rock surfaces. Also used above treeline in jumbled rocks/rockslide area with limited success, again due to the tips slipping. Spring anti-shock action is good. Length is adjustable and easy to adjust but as one reviewer pointed out the length slipped once but shame on me for not tightening all the way. Grips are comfortable. Poles are sturdy. Straps easy to adjust. Overall give these a 4 because I don't know how well they will wear.
August 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BOinBoston Hiked Zion
Just tried out my new hiking sticks with rubber tips in the Southwest and loved them. The shock absorbers worked great and are wonderful for someone like me who has some arthritis. They did NOT fit in my smallest suitcase, but fit fine in a medium size suitcase. Best to keep this in mind when packing and flying.
May 1, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Bangorme Poles with a bunch of issues.
The poles seem sturdy, and well built. I needed the anti-shock due to some elbow issues I have. I took one star off because one pole's anti-shock tension wasn't the same as the other. They were very different. Also the instructions that come with the poles are pretty worthless. Now, if you are familiar with the use of poles, then maybe that doesn't matter to you.
But the next two stars I took off were for two pretty significant engineering issues. The first is that the poles wouldn't stay extended. Every so often I'd check the poles and one or the other would be shorter and collapsed some. I really cranked on them to tighten them (and I'm not a big guy, about 175 lbs) but this problem would still appear eventually. The second problem is that the poles twist to turn the anti-shock capability off and on. Many times I'd check them and find the anti-shock turned off. I believe that this occurs when the pole is stuck in the ground and you don't pull it out perfectly straight. Any twisting will turn the anti-shock off.
Maybe I'd buy them, at the right price, if I could check them in the store first and didn't need the anti-shock capability. Other then that, I'd pass.
September 10, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by TheFNG hiking with poles
The hikelite poles seem to be of good enough quality. The reason I purchased these poles is I had seen several people hiking the AT (Appalachian Trail) with this model. I on the otherhand was hiking with an ultra light fixed length pole. After breaking one of my poles I replaced with them with this pole. I have not been back to give these poles a taste of Maine to see if they can stand up to a well marked, well tracked, full body contact hike over boulders, roots, mud, and mountains. The 100 miles or so I've added to these poles on groomed trails everything is good.
July 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by GreatDaneLover1 Light and Strong!
These poles feel light but are very strong and stable. They look high-tech and are beautifully machined in Austria. They are also very easy to adjust by a slight twist. And the adjustment does not slip.
July 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Thales Well constructed and rugged; anti-shock outstandin
Just used these on a rugged 17 mile backpacking trek in the Franconia Range. They extended easily, held their position and stood up to very rugged terrain. The anti-shock is a must have.
June 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by WesternMountainShopper Elevates heart rate, strengthens arms
My easy runs and brisk hikes on the cross-country ski trails and mountain trails of western Maine have been improved with these poles. I noticed the effect immediately when I took my Bernese Mountain Dog out on a backyard hike for an hour. I appreciated the elevated cardio and my arms got worked. Only twice in the past two weeks of hiking and running have the expandable poles come loose... I caught the poles in the mud and twisted. It took a second to tighten the expandable poles and continue. An added value on the downs is extra stability. I suspect I'll be using these poles on most every hike and run I take from now on.
May 22, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by JRPhilly Funny fit
I have yet to use the new trekkers. I had hoped they woiuld fit into a regular suitcase, but missed by an inch. Customer service told me how to take them apart which was tricky but at least they fit in the suitcase. Seemed that storage and transport should have been considered in the design....
They seem like they otherwise will do the job.
April 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by plainwoman Makes hiking a pleasure
People in my water aerobics class had recommended these poles. They have exceeded my expectations after two short hikes. I can walk further and without knee and hip pain. The anti-shock feature really helps. The handle fits my hand well (although not my husband's larger ones). The cork handles are very comfortable. They are easy to extend and lock. Great product at a great price.
April 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MAR2012 Hikelite Hiking Poles, Anti-Shock
Loved them! Within moments of my first hike with them they proved very useful helping me cross a brook! I strongly recommend them!
January 5, 2013