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Pacer poles

2020 Camino Guides

lizo

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances second half from Burgos (2017)
Frances first half from St Jean (to be completed 2019)
I'm looking at pacer poles for the camino frances. Anyone have an idea on which ones are best?
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Navarra!
I'm looking at pacer poles for the camino frances. Anyone have an idea on which ones are best?
Do 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.
 

lizo

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances second half from Burgos (2017)
Frances first half from St Jean (to be completed 2019)
Do 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.
Yes. I mean pacer poles specifically. Interesting that you say basic ones are fine. Thanks for that
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Any that don’t make that horrible click click sound as you walk along!
I think non-clicking poles have not been invented yet!😁...The solution has always been a good set of rubber tips!
 
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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!
 

PK Smit

Member
Camino(s) past & future
(015)Irun to Santiago
(017)Lisboa to S
2018Caminha to Santiago
(2018) Camino English Ferrol Santiago
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!
Don't be so sure about aluminium not breaking, my wife broke hers on the San Salvador this year.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Navarra!
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.
The middle section of a telescopic Pacer Pole measures 15.94mm outside diameter (it doesn't taper). I have a no-name cheapo pole whose OD is . . . 15.60mm! If you're unlucky enough to bend the lower sections of a PP a makeshift repair might be possible with something from a Chinese Bazaar. Remember that the expanding plug will take up a lot of slack so the fit doesn't have to be exact - you can even pad things out by loose wrapping the plug with some tape or thin card. Another reason for Keeping It Simple.
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia (May 2016)
C. Frances (Sept 2017)
Camino Portugues (June 2019)
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)
 
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Chris Gi

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Did April through June 2018 from Pamplona to Santiago. 2020 May or end of September.
I'm looking at pacer poles for the camino frances. Anyone have an idea on which ones are best?
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.
 
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)
like BUT they are dangerous without the rubber tips. As posted I wouldn't consider going anywhere without them either. :)

Buen Camino

The Malingerer.
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011, 2019. CP (2020)
Key is finding good rubber tips.
Indeed. I have used Black Diamond tips now for several years, or a Swiz curved (walking) foot). Leki lose out here in Australia on price, but had pretty good wear life when last I used the brand.
 

Mark Barnes

Old Engineer
Camino(s) past & future
Frances - September - November (2017)
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. I loved them and am still using the same pair in 2019. Please do use the rubber tips that come with them as they do help and you will not have the annoying click click noise.9CA07310-5C44-471E-A7DE-3A25A2BD2176.jpeg
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
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 purchase bulbous, rather huge, sturdy rubber tips from Amazon. There are several styles to choose from. One pair lasts for two+ full length Caminos.
 
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trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I love my Pacer Poles. I have the dual lock carbon fiber poles.
The rubber tips that come with them last a long time - for me, at least two Caminos. I did need to buy some new tips this year, and even with shipping from England the Pacer Pole tips - which I know will last were about the same price as good quality tips that I could buy locally. They sell them as sets of two pairs, but they sent me a bonus pair! So, I'm set for the next 5 Caminos or so.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Us:Camino Frances, 2015 Me:Catalan/Aragonese, 2019
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.
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.
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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
People love pacer poles, but I've not had any problems using "run of the mill" standard poles...no hand or wrist problems at all.
 

Beeman

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo,2017,Argonne and salvador,sept.2019
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.
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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!
 

Geodoc

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2018 (across Pyrenees, then Sarria to SdC), CF 2019 (SJPdP to Finisterra & Muxia), CI 2019
I'm about 750 km into the CF with my aluminum Pacer Poles (along with a couple of hundred kilometers of training). I love them.

If you get them, be sure to order them with two sets of rubber tips. My first set lasted about 500 km, and I'm now on set two. The rubber tips work fine in all the terrain that I've encountered so far.
 

Mike Savage

So many friends to meet . . . so little time
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés,Inglés
Muxia/Finisterre
Português Coastal
Português Central
Sanabrés
I have the standard twist lock carbon fiber Pacer Poles and love them. I always use the rubber tips on all terrain and have thousands of miles on the poles with no issues. If I lost or damaged them I would buy the same ones immediately without question.

Good luck with your decision.

Mike
 

mick...

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugese from Oporto (2016), Frances from SJPP
I'm looking at pacer poles for the camino frances. Anyone have an idea on which ones are best?
Leki. They're expensive but light and strong, made of carbon fibre. And quiet. I've had mine four years. I love them
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Leki. They're expensive but light and strong, made of carbon fibre. And quiet. I've had mine four years. I love them
Leki poles aren't Pacer Poles. I think that the OP wanted to know which Pacer Poles people like.

 

Moorwalker

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Saint's Way, Cornwall
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)
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.
 

Moorwalker

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Saint's Way, Cornwall
Pacer poles are like many other things, if possible try before you buy. Some people find them great, others get on better with straight grips. I'm in the latter group, Pacer type poles kill my wrists. Mr likes them.

For packing, most poles are easy to dismantle completely and are then considerably shorter than the telescoped length, so you can often get them into your pack that way.
 

mick...

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugese from Oporto (2016), Frances from SJPP
Leki poles aren't Pacer Poles. I think that the OP wanted to know which Pacer Poles people like.

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 practical
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances/SJPP '15,'16,'18,'19,('20)
Way of St. Francis, Italy 2017
Portuguese/Finisterre 2018, 2019
I’ve walked 7 Camino’s with Pacer Poles and wouldn’t go without them. They were the envy of my Camino family. I have walked with various ones and the best are the carbon fiber 3 piece WITH DUAL LOCK....
For those taller than 6’2” these are not recommended check their site for the recommended ones.
 

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