MSR SureLock TR-3

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

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

> Infomsrgear.com

A compact, all-season, three-section pole featuring the SureLock™ adjustment system and fast, one-handed trigger release for aggressive backcountry travelers demanding rapid adjustment capability on frequently changing terrain.

Key features include:

-SureLock™ Adjustment System: A patent-pending positive-locking mechanism that eliminates pole slippage.

-Fast, Easy Trigger Release: Glove-friendly, one-handed activation for fine-tuning of pole length in-the-field, or a complete collapse for easy packing.

-Efficient Strength: 7000-series aerospace-grade aluminum pole sections are formed with unique wall thickness to target durability where it’s needed most.

-Compact: Three-section design offers maximum compactness without sacrificing overall strength.

Collapsed Size: 57 cm