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Pole Tip Protectors - A Serious matter - There are tips and tips

Plataman

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I have used Leki poles for 30+ years and their tips for almost as long. Last camino , I decided to buy poles in Leon, rather than pack them. Never again! I was dsappointed all around with the poles and tips. It was a quite surprise when I heard a clicking noise as I was walking into Ponferrada. The rubber tip of one of those poles had worn through in about 100km! Normally, I get about 1000kms from my Leki tips walking roads, And if I walk trails…who knows, because I have never had a pair wear out completely. I will never go on another camino without my own poles and tips.
I have also used Leki poles on my four Caminos, and have found the Leki branded tip protectors are the most durable. I put a new set on at the start of the Camino and take a spare set...usually I do not need to change protectors. The downside with Leki protectors is they seem difficult to find..at least here in Western Canada. However, they seem to be the best from an endurance perspective.
 
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dougfitz

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Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011, 2019. CP (tbc)
I have also used Leki poles on my four Caminos, and have found the Leki branded tip protectors are the most durable.
I have used Black Diamond, Komperdell, Leki and a variety of other branded and un branded tips on a similarly wide variety of poles. BD recently changed the design of their tip, but it's predecessor had a similar life to the Leki tips I have used at under half the price. That made BD a no-brainer for me.
The longest lasting tips I ever found came from Sweden, branded BungyPump of Sweden. They had an extra thick sole, and were clearly designed to withstand the local roads.
 
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