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I think you're crazy. Hiking poles certainly are not a fad. A fad is a briefly passing fashion. Trekking and trekking/hiking poles have been around for 60 years. That's not brief. Remember "tight" rolled jean cuffs in the 80's? That was a fad... thankfully.azbackpackr wrote:I still think it's something of a fad
My thoughts exactly. Plus I can hear someone hiking with poles a mile away... Doesn't that detract from your wilderness experience and scare the crap out of the wildlife? The constant noise of the poles would annoy the snot out of me. :yuck:azbackpackr wrote: All that being said, if you are quick on your feet and very sure-footed, I am sure you may find poles will somewhat limit your feeling of freedom of movement. I know, because that is what I feel, and have heard this expressed by other people as well. Freedom of movement, and that feeling of being so quick and surefooted is the best feeling in the world if you are a hiker, and using two poles will rob you of some of that feeling. However, if you are in this category you probably already know that. Save the poles for when you get old.
I just said that I disagree with your opinion that they are a fad. Nobody said you had to use two or any at all for that matter. If people are too stupid to figure out if they like one, two or no poles at all... well... that's their problem. I'm a big fan of hiking poles; there have been many instances when I felt that they really saved my butt from certain disaster. There has also been many times when hiking poles were nothing but a hindrance. Often, both scenarios played out on the same hike. But, as pointed in previous threads, that's why most of them are collapsible. Lash them to your pack and move on.azbackpackr wrote:no one but Vaporman seems OPEN-MINDED enough to admit, that poles are an individual choice and are not for everyone, nor for every situation
You've got to be kidding! Who's walking around with a death-grip on their hiking poles? If the "most people" part of your statement is true, then there is really something wrong with people. I don't know why, but this thread is starting to exasperate me. How could something so simple be so complicated?azbackpackr wrote: the way most people use poles is very fatiguing to the hands
They're out there. UL poles from two different companies don't have straps. I think that's nuts, since I pretty much leave my hands relaxed and let the straps do the work, but some people like them OK.Hoffmaster wrote:You've got to be kidding! Who's walking around with a death-grip on their hiking poles?