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i did the lakeland 50 last year and by the end I was so jealous of those with poles that after the event I bought some............i bought the mountain king trail Blaze from Likeys and used them on a few races...............really pleased with them................will be taking them again with me to the lakeland 50 this year..................
can't comment on the other two................
the handles are comfortable and good on the hills........
My only problem is to keep them taut when I set them up........not sure if i missed something..........sorted out by tying a knot part where up the string and hooking it over...........takes a while to get it in the right place...........someone else might know a knack to it...........
they fold up and fit nicely into the rucksac.very light as well.....
The Mountain Kings do already have a knot you have to pull further than you think you should before it appears but it is not a problem I have been using the same pair for nearly two years. Here is a review I first wrote a few years ago before we had any concept of being a retail outlet
Trail Blaze Poles
I have only really used poles for uphill, never even thought about running with them, I will have to give it a go. Does it really make that much of a difference ??
hhmm, well not to speed no, I find that they will cut down on wear and tear and therefore keep your legs feeling fresher, longer. On flater, technical ground your joints. tendons, etc. have to work to keep you upright and moving forward, using poles reduces these stresses hence why I believe they will help on longer events.
That said I would be hard pressed to think of a flatter event where I would consider poles, probably getting in to 100 mile plus region then I may be swayed.
We have been slow in the UK to catch on but they are widely used elsewhere, looking forward to hearing how you get on.
and wearing shoes doesn't provide some protection that makes it easier..........
and headtorches are an advantage .............
and running with a friend...........and compression socks
and millions of things..............
so I think it depends on the race organisers to decide..............some racers let non competitors run with you for so many miles............doesn't seem fair to me but its the organisers choice
*Jimmy* wrote (see)
Lol I sense some bad feelings towards the poles
Keen to join the "cheating" brigade (?!) after doing the "Mountain Man" in Switzerland a couple of weeks ago and with UTMB a big goal in the future I feel these aids are definitely worth while considering (as well as far more training in the mountains)!
Since this post started any more advice on any poles out there?
In my limited experience they are great for maintaining form (upright posture) when climbing, and good for balance on technical decent, and take pressure of the quads and knees.
But you work harder for using them and it's easy to red line while ascending, as the better form makes the ascent feel easier. More difficult to remember to fuel and drink with your hands full too..
At Lakeland 100, I was conscious that the people with poles were having a much easier time of it than I was. This was especially true on the big descents, in the latter half of the race. At the end of the day however, I am a creature of habit, and will probably stick with what I know.
Thats the spirit Ben... say no to poles!
I love my "cheat sticks" for the really hilly races. I have a strong upper body so find them very helpful - on the Lakeland 100 I was very happy to have packed them! Great for powering up the hills, but also for coming down, especially on the wet slippery rock. Definitely saved my quads. I like the leki telescopic ones so can adjust length as and when (shorter on the up, longer on the down).
AndrewSmith wrote (see)
Here's a good link for those interested in using cheating sticks!
Hahahaha! Fair cop Smithy...
I guess if an aid station is busy you can just spear a peice of malt loaf with one from distance and carry on?!
... and good for tripping people up who try and over take me...
Surely that never happens whilst you are using your poles though?!