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Employing a lightweight and collapsible design, Komperdell Carbon Approach Vario 4 poles are built for backcountry and high-peak demands. A hybrid carbon and aluminum design provides reliability at a lower-than-average weight. Rather than utilizing a traditional telescoping design, the Carbon Approach Vario 4 actually folds down to minimize its packed size. Measuring just 17.7' in length when fully collapsed, these poles can be stowed safely inside most packs. When extended, the upper aluminum section and three lower carbon sections provide surprisingly rigid support and integrated, easy-to-use external locking mechanisms provide a usable adjustability range of 45.3'-57'. Foam grips serve as secure hand holds and integrated straps reduce strain on your wrists. Carbon Approach Vario 4 poles can be converted for winter use by replacing the standard trekking baskets (included) with one of the several styles of snow baskets (sold separately). The Tungsten/Carbide flex tips are designed to flex if the tip of the pole should get stuck, helping to protect the shafts from structural damage. Komperdell Carbon Approach Vario 4 trekking poles are sold in pairs. 1942404-10
Trekking Poles, or walking poles, are available in a wide range of styles, with a wide range of prices.
There are many features to consider other than the obvious size and style which can demand higher prices.
Most of the features are designed to improve comfort by using clever angles or by using special technology to absorb shocks or cushion the contact.
A very important consideration is the type of terrain over which you will be using the trekking poles. Different tips are used for different terrains. Some are designed to dig into soft terrain to prevent slipping, whilst others are designed for heavy wear on hard surfaces and roads. Using the wrong tip for the terrain can make the trekking poles almost completely useless, so make sure that the pole you choose is suitable for the terrain in which it will be needed.
A lot of poles have interchangeable tips so that you can change the tips for use on different terrains. This gives the greatest versatility.