Thursday, 20 January 2011

fizan compact trekking poles – first look

P1010846Poles apart?

Bought as a present for Penny because she doesn’t own a pair, after she found out that they are really useful when walking in snowy, icy conditions.

It’s claimed that these are the lightest poles in the world according to ultralightoutdoorgear.com from where they were purchased which is blatantly not true. What Fizan claim is that they are the lightest telescopic poles at 158g each. However that weight, which is printed on the poles, isn’t correct either as they tip my postal scales at 20g heavier. Not that this matters to Penny as she isn’t a gram counter, unlike me :)

With those grumbles out of the way I’ll get to the detail. They come in a range of colours of which Penny chose gold, and are supplied with baskets and rubber tip protectors. They are 58cm in their packed size, extending to a max of 131cm. The handles are shaped and have adjustable wrist neoprene loops. And what makes these lighter than other telescopic poles is the patented Flexy Lock System; it requires no external parts.

P1010844Missing something?

The advantage of telescopic poles is that their height can be adjusted making them suitable for shared use, whoever is using them can fix them to their size. Another advantage is that they nest, unlike the Trail Blaze poles I own, making for a smaller, tidier package. And if you’re a tarp user like myself they give more flexibility to the pitching your shelter.

P1010845 Fly off the handle?

Although they’ve been out on a couple of day walks they languished in the side pocket of Penny’s rucksack. And this may come as some surprise, I’ve not even had a tinker around with a tarp with them yet. That’s for another day and another post.

4 comments:

Joe M said...

How sturdy are these? Im a big guy (225) and need a solid walking stick.

baz carter said...

I cant comment on how sturdy they are but they look like other telescopic poles.

There's a link to the Fizan website in the post have a look and see if there's anything there that might answer your question.

David Knockton said...

I have a pair of poles I use but they mainly sit in the back of my rucksack. I mainly use them for balance when I'm on a steep hill but using poles also quickens your pace. I'm not quite up to Nordic Walking standards but I'm getting there!

Check out my walking blog: http://walksandwalking.com/

Thanks for writing a good article, I found it really interesting.

baz carter said...

Sounds like my use of poles. Since they mainly stay attached to my rucksack I prefer using the lightest I can get away with hence my disappointment with the weigh discrepancy. I also have a a number of shelters that are pitched with tent poles so although I use the poles to walk occasionally they have a secondary use.