Komperdell Walking Pole with Cork Grip Cane - Anti-Shock

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Komperdell Walking Pole with Cork Grip Cane - Anti-Shock
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A stylish alternative to a cane, this collapsible walking pole keeps you steady and balanced... after knee surgery or any time you or an elderly family member need an extra leg to walk on. Rubber tips recommended for sidewalks and other hard surfaces.

Traction and Grip:

  • Cork cane grip

Manufactured:

  • Made in Austria.

Features:

  • Carbide tip
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Collapsed:22"
Extended:39-½"
Material:Aluminum
Weight:9.4 oz.

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Komperdell Walking Pole with Cork Grip Cane - Anti-Shock Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Took me from "gimp" to "game!"

I first suggested one of these to my mother, who has arthritic knees and said the traditional canes "made her feel old." She loved hers and bought me one after I had foot surgery about 6 months ago. Somehow, as someone else pointed out, there is a HUGE psychological difference between using one of these (designed for active hikers, etc, so it fits right in with the "look" of an active lifestyle!) and the typical "shepherd's hook" type cane that seems to SCREAM "handicap!" Makes it so much easier to maintain proper posture when walking, which enhances healing while making it easier and more efficient to get around. What's not to like about that? We both love the adjustable length, contoured grip and the wrist loop helps stabilize you if you need a little help getting up from chairs, etc. I have found it tends to go into "anti-shock" mode pretty easily, and have had it "collapse" slightly a couple times when I bore too much weight on it after it had turned and loosened. STill, I think it's a great piece of equipment, and I'm still using mine! Also great for travel, since it collapses up small!
hyperhorse at Sierra Trading Post on 05/05/2008

better than straight walking sticks

i originally bought one a year or so ago....i thought it came in pairs like walking sticks.It comes as single..not a pair. But i still liked how i could walk with it like a cane or like a walking stick.
Only down fall was it was easy to pull beyond the limit when adjusting. I was walking in some reeds and it got caught and pulled it in half...so was broken.
I just now ordered 4 more...two for me and two for husband. We both have arthritis in our feet/ankle area so we really need help walking. Both of us have so far found we really enjoy the use of the cane feature as well as using it as walking stick.
i just warn him not to pull it beyond...and not to use in thick reed mud!!
But i use it everyday while walking dogs around a lake. It is also just much nicer than regular cane around town too.
dog hiker at Sierra Trading Post on 08/08/2009

Wish they were not discontinuing this.

I have used this style for close to 9yrs. I have delveloped a drop foot so when I walk I can fall at anytime. I find this helps me from falling but the handle is also the most comfortable for me. I have ordered two of these because for some reason the company has decided to discontinue this style and the handle which is made of cork. I find this handle to be the best for using on a daily basis. It is a easy handle to use a lot and am upset they will no longer carry this style. I wish they would at least carry replacement parts since you can take this apart and replacing the damaged parts would be an option. I can not find anything that I would say is a con on this product.
Dar at Sierra Trading Post on 09/09/2011

PUT TO THE TEST ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

I backpacked 25 miles on the Appalachian trail in NY over the weekend the trecking poles worked fine. I had added the rubber tip to the poles to save the tips from being flatten out on the rocks. My hands are large so it took a little to get use to the grips, my middle finger would get hung up on that nub on the grip. I think next time I might try wearing a lite weight pair of leather gloves. I had bought these poles because I am getting up there in age (54) and I have a bad back and knees. I had did some research and the trecking poles are supose to take some of the impact and provide balance. Which it did 100%. My friends tried them and they liked the trecking poles.
OL DAWG at Sierra Trading Post on 10/10/2010

Best poles for hiking uphill or downhill

I find the "cane handle" grips to be much more comfortable than standard hiking pole grips. They are also the lightest poles I've ever used.

With the poles extended, they're very useful on steep downhills. Much easier to lean forward and put weight on them than with regular poles. On uphill sections, I shorten the poles. On very steep uphill sections they are useful while doing a rest step. And anytime the trail is rocky, the poles come in handy.

The only trail condition where regular poles might be better is on a flat trail where you would use the poles as you would when cross country skiing. I rarely hike trails that are flat, so I don't need or want regular hiking poles. (I have never seen anyone using regular poles correctly!)
Greg at Sierra Trading Post on 04/04/2011

Great all-purpose walking stick

I bought the walking stick with the cane style grip because I have back and foot problems, and sometimes, well, I need a cane! I use this while hiking and find that it's great on hills. It's also helpful when negotiating icy sidewalks while walking my dogs. With the rubber tip, I've used it around the house as a cane when I have pain issues. I don't know that it would stand up to constant use as a cane, but for occasional use, it's great. The only thing I don't like is that I have trouble tightening it enough so that it doesn't collapse a bit if I put some weight on it. Overall, I like it enough to have given two as gifts.
Ann W. at Sierra Trading Post on 01/01/2008

Great Cane

Like others have said, this is a good stable cane which can be used for general hiking, provide stability for seniors and those with balance issues, and help folks with hip/knee replacements post surgery. It looks good, the grip is comfortable and the shock absorber feature really helps. I'm currently using it after hip replacement surgery and it really fits the bill. I'll still use it for hiking after physical therapy is completed. It is essential to purchase the rubber tips for general use. Some people have complained it is difficult to adjust; have a bit of patience and work with it and you'll soon find it is a snap to adjust.
happy camper at Sierra Trading Post on 09/09/2010

Durable and compact

I've had the non-antishock version of this pole for close to ten years and it still works perfectly. I first bought this pole for my elderly mother who needed a cane but refused to use one because she thought it made her look old (she's 84). She's used it every day for several years. I then recently bought this for myself because I've had problems with my shoulder and thought this might be a little easier on it than the un-springy pole. It collapses down smaller than any other pole and I can keep it in my pack when hiking until I want to use it.
Mountain Maiden at Sierra Trading Post on 02/02/2012

Lightweight, compact, cane

The Komperdell Walking Pole with Cork Grip is as billed. It is light weight, collapsible, easy to adjust for users up to 6'4 inches. I am 6 ft 2 inches and still have a couple of inches of length that I have not used when adjusted for my height on a flat surface. The disadvantage is that these poles are labeled ultra light, which they are. If you are going to use them for serious hiking in rough terrain, you are hard on equipment or are of stout build, you would be better served by a stouter set of poles.
The Bike Doc at Sierra Trading Post on 05/05/2008

Good for any type of walking

This was to replace a defective walking stick of same brand but it did not have the anti-shock feature. In the short time I've had this,it is nice. Needs to have a rubber tip for places where the surface would be slippery (like cobblestones, museums, etc.)and quieter under certain circumstances. I found a rubber walking foot at a local sporting goods store that fits well and makes usage easier. Hand grip is comfortable. This brand collapses to a good size for packing in a suitcase. No real cons so far, other than that it needs a rubber tip.
Buttercup at Sierra Trading Post on 03/03/2009

Negative Reviews:

Bought three and three do NOT work!

I am disabled and thought that I had found Nirvana for a trail use cane. I was totally wrong. I have purchased three in hopes that just one would work by maintaining its "key" lock position. No such luck. I did love, however, the possible features of the cane. In my case all three collapsed with the slightest pressure whatsoever rendering me three totally useless pieces of off green and silver tubing costing me $120. I should have learned after the second cane and not ordered a third but as I said earlier I really liked the advertised features of the cane enough to take the risk of purchasing a third cane. I expensively lost three risks in the process and still remain absentia a trail cane,
BWCA 4454 at Sierra Trading Post on 05/05/2011

Save your money

I am a disabled Veteran with a bad limp and use canes for support. In the past, I have used and enjoyed Komperdell poles and been completely satisfied. They are light and compact enough to fit in the pocket on the back of an airline seat. This one, however, was a complete disappointment. It looked like it was made out of spare parts. The sections were mismatched colors, the bottom section was too short and not calibrated for length adjustment. It featured an "antishock" device, which actually detracts stability. I rated this one-star, but only because there was nothing lower. Don't waste your money.
wolfhounds1 at Sierra Trading Post on 04/04/2008

Definitely Walking Pole vs Trekking Pole

I bought this to see how small I could collapse it in order to fit in my carry-on bag without having to check in my luggage at the airport. I was experimenting with using it for my hiking and backpacking trips. Write up said 19 inches. It's really 21 inches long in collapsed mode. But even at it's full extension, it's really only a walking pole and not suited as a hiking or trekking pole. Also, not rugged enough for trekking (poles were bending under pressure if used to help hoist youself up steep steps or embankments.
Patagonia Trekker at Sierra Trading Post on 08/08/2009

Shipped/defective pole

I bought this for my mother (76yrs) for balance and the cane/ski pole option looked nice. When it came in the mail I was disappointed, not because the product didn't look good, but for the following reasons: 1) seems to be missing bottom half of adjustable pole length 2) no directions in box. I just shipped back for exchange of pole. Other than that, it seems lightweight, sturdy (but if you're like me, you'll want 2 poles...not ONE for elderly exercise/hikes).
Lynne at Sierra Trading Post on 03/03/2010

Extremely disapointed!

I couldnt wait to start using this as I had just had knee surgery. Ive never been more disapointed in a product, then this one. I specifically got the one with the shock absorbtion...the problem is, when you figure out how to turn the shock part off, it doesnt stay off...within a minute or less, the pole collapsed...this happened everytime I tried to use it...I finally ended up limping back to the car,CARRYING the pole with me.
innerpeace at Sierra Trading Post on 03/03/2011

Left in the dark/putting it together

Will call to find out how to put it together. Really like the idea of flexibility, sporty look, and would be a good aide walking on ice and snow, when I find out how to put it back together. Appears one part is stuck in top part of pole.
Marie Therese at Sierra Trading Post on 02/02/2010

Not very good quality

While putting this treking pole together it broke right where the screw goes into the pole! I hadn't even taken off the tag yet. Going to return this for a different one. Glad it didn't break while I was on the trail. :(
naturelovinwoman at Sierra Trading Post on 08/08/2011

I had to return this product

I lost the prior model I had. I got the rubber tips for it so I could use it indoors. When I got the new one, the tips could not be attached. The carbide tip is deadly on wooden floors.
none at Sierra Trading Post on 06/06/2010

Anti-Shock = Anti-Stability

Use for stability and to lean on for support due to neuropathy leg weakness. A bouncing spring does not help, and it will not stay in the locked position after a 100 yards or so.
Joe the walker at Sierra Trading Post on 03/03/2010

Not reliable

I bought them because they are lightweigth and would fit in my suitcase, but had to return two of them because the bottom part did not lock.
gika at Sierra Trading Post on 06/06/2010

Neutral Reviews:

Not full-length walking pole

I was looking for a single walking/trekking pole for my husband, similar to the Leki I have used for years. However, I did not read the specs carefully and only realized on Christmas morning when my husband opened his gift how short the stick is -- only 39.5 inches. So it's my error -- but wanted to point out to others that if you're looking for a traditional hiking/walking/trekking pole, this will most likely not be what you're looking for. It's more like a cane -- you can use it for support, but you can't use it with the strap to pull yourself up inclines, for example. I'm exchanging this for another Komperdell that's 145 cm (57 inches).
Hiker from New Mexico at Sierra Trading Post on 12/12/2008

just okay

When adjusting the length of the walking stick, it would pull out past the point of proper adjustment. Then, it would be hard to "unstick" to get it back into the proper length. I am constantly concerned that I am going to over pull and break the stick. The adjustment should "click" into position instead of being sticky and forcing the handler to pull so hard that you pull past the appropriate adjustment point. I have not used this pole in the field yet, but it does not feel a strong as I would have liked.
team grace at Sierra Trading Post on 07/07/2009

Cane does not lock in position solidly

I have a knee issue and bought this cane to help traveling through rough hunting country. While the foldup length is an advantage, the cane does not stay fully extended under heavy use; and the soil stopper not only comes loose easily, but is too small to adequately work in soft uneven ground. My old Leki cane is better. I had hoped this would be an improvement; it isn't.
alder0 at Sierra Trading Post on 11/11/2011

fits carry-on suitcase

I use for stabilization on up or down hill hiking - might not be long enough for very tall person. I like the wide grip for use with two hands on steep up hill. Could not find any other that folds to fit inside carry-on suitcase. This is a replacement for one whose plastic connection parts broke.
Travel Hiker at Sierra Trading Post on 04/04/2011

Is a replacement, adjustment tricky

Item arrived without instructions.
A wrong twist and pole pulled apart.
I needed item because of a bum knee.
My last pole lasted several years, then came apart and I could not fix it, so I ordered another polBerte.
Bert, the traveller at Sierra Trading Post on 02/02/2010

walking stick

i bought this because i walk regularly with a cane... being disabled i need support and this cane does not fell very sturdy.. however the handle is very comfortable...
katthedogowner at Sierra Trading Post on 08/08/2010

its ok

It does not come with tips you have to order them seperatly and they dont fit you have to force them on and hope they stay on
jwperry at Sierra Trading Post on 11/11/2011

Not for everyone.

This is a nice little walking cane for those on the short side. Not for hiking...much too short for men or taller women.
Windancer at Sierra Trading Post on 07/07/2009

Short

Very short even when fully extended. Flexes a lot but seems strong. We will see after a year of use.
Huntfish at Sierra Trading Post on 12/12/2008

Useful when needed

very useful for stream crossings, slippery snow, and steep down hills trains or cross country for balance
tribal elder at Sierra Trading Post on 05/05/2009