We were provided samples of the Cascade Mountain Tech Quick Lock Carbon Fiber Cork Grip Trekking Poles for Hell Hike And Raft 2015, an adventure that took us through the Seven Devil Mountains in Idaho. Most of the group used them for all three days’ backpacking, but I used them only on the third day. That third day we descended 6,000 feet, mostly on narrow and steep game trails – these poles worked great and gave me confidence going down, and also supported me when I was exhausted and needed support. The only (slight) negative are the quick locks are not easily adjustable. Minor quibble. This set comes with a complete set of pole accessories, making it an excellent purchase.
What I liked: lightweight, easily adjustable, comfortable cork grips; well-priced (MSRP $49.99).
What I didn’t like: since the quick locks are a flip lever, they can come undone if you hit them just right, causing the poles to shorten when weight is placed on them. This can be overcome by spinning the levers so they don’t face in towards the legs.
In general, these Quick Lock Carbon Fiber Cork Grip Trekking Poles do the job they were made to do. Portable, lightweight, and easily adjustable, these are a no-brainer to bring along on any hike. With their low price, one can outfit an entire family without breaking the bank.