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Do you mean Pacer Poles specifically or are you asking about hiking poles in general?
Yes. I mean pacer poles specifically. Interesting that you say basic ones are fine. Thanks for thatDo you mean Pacer Poles specifically or are you asking about hiking poles in general?
I have the basic Pacer Poles with screw locks and simply love them - didn't see the need for the cam-lock style ones. Have never regretted the investment.
Don't be so sure about aluminium not breaking, my wife broke hers on the San Salvador this year.I have both types. I prefer the carbon fiber, but remember that if you break fiber, you are down to one pole for one hand. The aluminum ones won't break, so you may have a bent pole that won't retract, but you still will have two poles. The weight difference is not a factor!
The USP of Pacer Poles is the unique handle (and I can't believe these haven't been cloned yet). Interestingly the lower two sections from other, cheaper, brands may fit the PacerPole top section.I have both types. I prefer the carbon fiber, but remember that if you break fiber, you are down to one pole for one hand. The aluminum ones won't break, so you may have a bent pole that won't retract, but you still will have two poles. The weight difference is not a factor!
Key is finding good rubber tips. REI poles come with rubber tips that will wear out quickly on the Camino. Replacement tips are marginally better; but, not much.I don't think non-clicking poles have not been invented yet!...The solution has always been a good set of rubber tips!
Take a look at Amazon's Koviti Trekking Poles. They collapse down to 13.3 inches and weigh just 9 ounces - great to fit in your back pack for travel or when you don't need them. They adjust for all heights and come with the usual assortment of "feet". Love them and the price of $32.
like BUT they are dangerous without the rubber tips. As posted I wouldn't consider going anywhere without them either.I have the basic pacer poles and cant imagine walking wirhout them. They take a lot of stress off the joints. I always weay lightweight glove (the kind gor sun protection) so my hands dont feel sweaty. And i cant carry them on the plane, because they wont fit inside the pack. not sure why they are considered dangerous)
I purchase bulbous, rather huge, sturdy rubber tips from Amazon. There are several styles to choose from. One pair lasts for two+ full length Caminos.Key is finding good rubber tips. REI poles come with rubber tips that will wear out quickly on the Camino. Replacement tips are marginally better; but, not much.
Mark, the Pacer Pole is a different beast with a strange grip. I don't think you can get them in the US. Here's a picture of the grip.I bought the “non shock absorbing” Pace maker poles on Amazon for $19.00 and used them on the Camino Frances from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela in 2017.
They are not available in the States. You have to buy them from England,and they are just WONDERFUL! I have tried many types of poles,but these are far and away the best!
Leki poles aren't Pacer Poles. I think that the OP wanted to know which Pacer Poles people like.Leki. They're expensive but light and strong, made of carbon fibre. And quiet. I've had mine four years. I love them
Poles of any kind are a great weapon, ask anyone who has ever done anything with a quarterstaff. And the hardened tips on most poles will do an awful lot of damage. Many airlines won't permit walking sticks of any kind. However if you can dismantle your poles and they will fit entirely into your pack, most airlines will permit them on board.I have the basic pacer poles and can't imagine walking wirhout them. They take a lot of stress off the joints. I always wear lightweight gloves (the kind for sun protection) so my hands dont feel sweaty. I can't carry them on the plane, because they won't fit inside the pack. (Not sure why they are considered dangerous)
OIC, they're a brand. I thought it was a generic term, sorry. Take a look at Leki though, they're very good poles and the glove-handle connectors are very practicalLeki poles aren't Pacer Poles. I think that the OP wanted to know which Pacer Poles people like.
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