They Say -Â The Anatom Explorer Trekking Poles are made from 6000 Series Aircraft Aluminium making them both lightweight and extremely strong.
- Carbide tip
- Double Flick Lock for improved clamping force
- Aircraft grade aluminium
- Maximum length 135cm
- Packed down length 65cm
- Anatomical handle with soft grip and adjustable strap
- Weight: 260 grams per pole, 275 grams including replaceable basket and tip protector
We Say – These Explorer Trekking Poles are about the same weight as my old top of the range MSR poles, but they’re about 3 inches shorter when packed down, so they fit that little bit easier into the interior of the rucksack. Which isn’t of much relevance right at this moment all the while I’m trekking on home turf but when I set off for Canada in the New Year it’ll help when it comes to packing. As it would do if you were planning on backpacking anywhere overseas that’s going to involve flights or bus journies. You can of course strap your poles to the outside of modern rucksacks, but the plane check in staff won’t let you check the bag like that (not in my experience anyhow) and it’s not much good for protecting your poles when you’re slinging your bag under the bus.
They seem very sturdy and there a handy marker on the stem of the middle section of the pole which tells you how far you’ve pulled the section out. Useful if you like to have the same length set-up each time you walk. There’s also a large ‘STOP’ sign printed at the top of it so you don’t pull the section all the way out. Even if you do though it’s no big deal, the poles fit back together easily as there’s no spring mechanism inside (so bear this in mind if you like your pole’s to ‘bounce’ Â and absorb impact a little as you use them) and each pole’s hidden end is rounded, so fits into the next one without a struggle.
The clasps that secure the sections of the pole whilst extended or packed – you can see them in the image, they’re the red bits – seem tough, and this is where the pole has to be really well made as it’s these bits that usually fail with extensive use. The only way I can find out for sure about this is to use the poles for several months. Which I shall do, and if there’s anything negative to report, I’ll do so here. If there’s no new info here, then consider than good news.
The handle is soft with a moulding that gives your index and middle fingers something to butt up against and also stops your hand slipping down the handle – nice to have if you’re engaged in a sweaty hike during which your trekking poles will invariable become slightly slippery. At the same time as being soft to the touch the handle is also a hefty lump attached to the end of a stick – potentially very useful to defend yourself if needed.
If you’ve not used trekking poles before and don’t see the need, I’d say that they’re a great help for anybody. It’s not like some things that you can do ok without, and when you have them they dimish your natural ability to function well (like some pairs of glasses, for instance). Poles take the jolting out of walking downhill, and allow you to use the power in your arms as well as legs when you’re going uphill. Just make sure you wear good gloves in your’re using poles in colder weather as the fact that your hands are constantly up around your midrift means they don’t get as much circulation as they would do if they’re down by your side, so your hands can get colder (mine do) on extended walks.
They are a little pricey (about Â£39.99 each) considering how cheap some trekking poles go for these days, but then again with trekking gear the old adage rings true more often than not – you get what you pay for. If you want a pole where the clasps fail after a month of use, then take the risk and go cheap. Otherwise, do think about paying a bit more for something that’ll last you a few years.
So, I shall continue to use these Anatom Explorer Trekking Poles over the next few months, here and in Canada, and will update this if anything seems worthwhile highlighting.Â For the meantime though, they seem very sturdy, lightwight and user friendly and are well worth checking out in my opinion.
I couldn’t find a source website for these, so if you want to view them online, google ‘Anatom Explorer Trekking Pole’, you’ll find plenty of online stores selling them, orÂ start here -Â http://www.amazon.co.uk/Anatom-Explorer-Trekking-Pole/dp/B00D6HRJIA