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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2012

Gear Guide 2012: Dynafit Broad Peak Trekking Poles

These adjustable poles use a glove-friendly locking mechanism that helps to create a responsive feel.

by: Kelly Bastone and Jonathon Dorn

Dynafit Broad Peak (Courtesy Photo)
Dynafit Broad Peak (Courtesy Photo)

*SWING WEIGHT The way a pole feels as you swing it forward and back; it’s affected by design as well as ounces

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Ski mountaineers who want adjustable poles (but not collapsible, because they rarely store them on their pack) raved about the Dynafit Broad Peak. This two-section carbon pole telescopes from 45 to 57 inches (shrinking to 35 inches for storage) and uses a unique, glove-friendly locking mechanism: A rigid arm on the upper segment clicks into notches along the lower segment, and a lever cinches the connection.

After months of use during snow climbs and ski-tours in Iceland’s Westfjords and Colorado’s Park Range, the lock never loosened inadvertently. The carbon composite displayed no fatal signs of wear or nicks, and the ergonomic foam grip is comfortable in a variety of hand positions. Plus: “The light swing weight* gives them a snappy, responsive feel.” $145; 13 oz.; dynafit.com

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Bob P.
Jul 10, 2012

Damn! and I just wasted $14 on my shock absorbing Wilcor Outdoors Hiking Pole featuring cork handle, carbide tip or rubber cap, removable snow basket, and padded neoprene wrist strap, which adjusts from 25" to 52" using a simple "glove friendly" twisting motion.

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