Grade: B-

I had two pairs of these poles. In Virginia, a mouse ate the wrist straps in the middle of the night (keep your poles inside your tent!) So after bringing the strapless poles to an REI, they happily swapped them out for a brand new pair! I was lucky to have gotten a perfectly new pair for nothing. They were in need of some help. After about 1,000 miles, they started to break down considerably. Even so, they were rugged enough to make it though. They weren’t perfect, and they weren’t the best, but they were good enough.


I beat these things up, and they made it through. They started to break down considerably, but they toughed it out.


Compared to some trekking poles, these things are relatively inexpensive. Plus, they are from REI, so any issues can be fixed relatively easily.