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Backpacker Magazine – August 2012

Gear Review: MSR SureLock TR-3

A trekking pole that's easy to adjust on the fly.

by: Kelly Bastone

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VERDICT
I rarely bother to change my pole length while hiking, because I find even the simplest locking mechanisms too fiddly—but the SureLock eases on-the-fly adjustments. A unique trigger system lets you adjust this three-section aluminum pole with one hand: Holding and squeezing the handle like a syringe releases the lock and allows you to push (or pull) on the middle segment to adjust the length in five-centimeter increments. The collapsible bottom segment locks into one fixed length with a push-button mechanism. Dings: The relatively heavy swing weight gave it a sluggish feel when I was skiing downhill and the plastic grip gets slippery with sweat or rain.

BEST FOR
Hiking on terrain with frequent elevation changes

TESTER DATA
> Kelly Bastone (other tester: Kristin Hostetter)
> Duration Jan. to March
> Locales/conditions CO; 20℉ to 70℉; dry, muddy, and snowy trails
> “Just 23 inches when stowed, the TR-3 fits tidily onto a pack.”

THE SPECS
> Weight 19 oz./pair
> Price $150
> Info msrgear.com

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