|All the great things that have been said about Pacer Poles|
Graham Thompson Technical Editor TRAIL magazine:
I can place Pacerpoles more easily at the right spot on tough ground, particularly when going downhill. With normal poles this is difficult due to handle shape. I notice particularly when descending that the pole/body relationship is les wobbly than when using a normal pole, there is a better link between body and ground a better extension of my body.
Chris Townsend - The Backpacker's Hnadbook
...This design is taken to radical extremes in British-made-Pacerpoles, which have molded thermoplastic-rubber grips, acutely angled, that are shaped for each hand. These enable you to transmit far more power through the poles, since the angle is calculated for optimum range of arm leverage. The grips are very comfortable, and the poles are a leap forward in design. They are the ones I use most now; they really do give me more power and take more weight off my legs than standard poles, especially on long climbs. They have only a short piece of cord as a security loop rather than a proper strap, which isnt needed you hold the poles loosely in your hands rather than letting the loops take the weight. The poles come in three sections with an internal locking mechanism. There is a soft neoprene sleeve on the upper section, and Pacerpoles is developing a camera mount that will fit on the grip. A pair of Pacerpoles weighs 23 ounces. For more information, see pacerpole.com.
|Many have anti shock...|
Many poles have an antishock device, a spring built into the handle or the shaft that gives slightly when weight is applied. Antishock mechanisms add weight, increase pack length, and raise the price, all to no advantage in my experience. Ive tried hiking with an antishock pole in one hand and a regular pole in the other, and Ive noticed no difference. Antishock is supposed to absorb the shock of pole placements so your arm doesnt feel them, but my arms dont ache or feel any more tired whether I use them or not. On many poles, antishock can be turned off. Id rather not have it at all....
Dave Kay T.D., F.R.G.S., International Mountain Leader
" I used the poles during a 14 day walking trip to Slovenia in July/August 2005. Initially I thought that I would probably just use them for a couple of days and then revert to my old 'ski style' poles for the longer, harder walks. However, I found the advantages of using the Pacer Poles was such that I continued to use them throughout the trip.
I found them a terrific advantage on steep gradients both up and down. As well as the obvious benefits in terms of reduced strain on the wrists due to the unique moulded handle, the way that the poles fitted into the heel of the hand provided much increased stability and thrust without tiring the arms and shoulders. On steep downhill sections the ability to 'lean' on the poles, massively reduced pressure on the knees and increased both the speed and comfort of the descent as well as contributing to safety by reducing the possibility of a slip or trip.
I will be recommending them to my clients."
July 2006 - Continuous Winter Munros Gear, Steve Perry
"I often wondered on the winter challenge how on earth I managed the Summer Munro round without Pacerpoles. It isn't the statistics of weight taken off your knees per mile that impresses me about them. It's the speed you can move and the distance you can cover with them. Adorned with snow baskets, the poles worked just as well in the winter and were great for some four-season boot skiing (without skis). They also worked well climbing on gentle slopes with the crampons."
TREKKING POLE GEAR REVIEW (Best Buy), - TGO Magazine April 2006
"I've used Pacerpoles more than any other in recent years. They're the most effective, they increase efficiency by enabling your arms to help propel you along and they take some of the weight and stress off your legs.
It's down to the handles. Uniquely, they're shaped for left and right hands and angled so the wrist does not have to be cocked, giving maximum leverage with least effort. The handles don't need to be gripped tightly and there are no straps, just thin cord loops to slip over your wrists so you don't drop the poles if you let go; I only use them if dropping a pole might mean losing it.
The pole shafts are conventional with standard twist internal adjusters and neoprene sleeves on the upper shafts for comfort when holding them below the handle. Pacerpoles are weighty as the handles are thick and solid that doesn't effect swing or make the poles tiring to use. Indeed, I find them less tiring than standard designs."
.Angled handles are slightly more comfortable to use than uprights though the only poles on which the handle makes a real difference are Pacerpoles
WEIGHT ......... (Click here for weight v effort feature)
.I've given the Best Buy rating to the heaviest poles for good reasons; they perform best and, in use, I can't tell the difference in weights. I've been out with a light pole in one hand and a heavy one in the other and not felt any difference. Weight doesn't matter as long as the poles are used; only if they're going to spend time on your pack does weight become important."
.Pacerpoles are by far the most efficient and worth the high price if you use poles regularly and want to get the most out of them