Gossamer Gear LT4 Trekking Pole Update

Just a few short weeks ago I posted my first review of the Gossamer Gear LT4 trekking poles, then on the very next hike I had some issues with them. I briefly spoke about these issues in a post hike gear review video and then sent them back in to Gossamer Gear to have them taking care of. I just got the poles back in today so I figured I would post a quick update on them.

Initially, I spoke very highly of the trekking poles, and up to the time of that first review, I had experienced very few problems with them. Sine then though, I have completely lost one of the tips and experienced problems with getting one of them to lock up on our most recent Roan Highland hike. However, to get right to the point, these poles have both had tips replaced and the locking mechanisms are locking up tighter than ever! So, I still love them and look forward to using them!

As I got out of the truck to start the hike, I found that one of my LT4’s would not lock up. After some time I realized that the only way to get it to lock up was to pull the pole apart and turn the rubber locking washer until it was slightly tightened. Then I shoved the upper shaft over the slightly locked washer and then tightened it down securely. By doing this, the pole was securely locked and did not slip during the entire hike. Also, on the third day of the hike I realized that the same pole completely lost the carbide tip. I am not sure how this happened since I am not rough on my poles, but sure enough, it was gone.

So, once I got home I boxed up the entire pole (top & bottom shaft) and sent it in to Gossamer Gear to get the tip replaced as well as get the locking mechanism back.

A measly 6 days later, the pole was back on my door step. When I opened the box I realized that the new tip was different from the other tips I had.

The new GG LT4 tips…

After studying the tip I next tried to lock the poles together…with no luck. The lock acted the same way that it did before I sent it in. So, I emailed Gossamer Gear and asked them what they thought about the locking mechanism on my pole. They promptly responded and told me that they did not look at the locking mechanism since I did not include a note asking them to check it out as well, so they only replaced the tip. They told me that I could box them back up and to send it back though and that they would check it out, as well as also replace the tip on my other pole so the tips would match (have I mentioned my OCD in any of my postings?). So I did, and I did include a note this time.

Then they arrived back home today, and when I opened the box up I was very happy! Both poles have the same tips and after grabbing the upper shafts I found that both poles lock up, better than when they were new. I can only imagine that they replaced both the locking rubber washers on them with newer washers. Now, they actually squeak when putting the poles together…so they are quite tight. However, this does make me wonder if this will be an issue with them locking up to much and not unlocking…only time will tell.

So, despite the fact that I have now replaced the tip on both poles, as well as had issues with the locking mechanism on one of the poles (which is what so many have complained about with these poles), they both still work and I am still happy with them and plan to continue to use them.

Thanks for reading!

~Stick~

Disclaimer: I am a Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador, however, I purchased these poles with my own monies before I was an ambassador. I am under no obligation to review these poles.

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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10 Responses to Gossamer Gear LT4 Trekking Pole Update

  1. Jeffrey says:

    Just ran across your review. Do you have a follow-up review? I am curious as to whether you still use them or had any additional trouble with them?

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    • Stick says:

      Jeffery,

      I still have them and sometimes use them, however my go-to poles have become my BD ACC poles with the moded grips, and my GOLD Gear 1 piece poles my second favorite. The GG LT4 poles are light and comfy but the locking mechanism can be quite fidgety, and as with any twist lock pole, is tough to make adjustments to when used as a shelter support pole. I will also add, I would like to try some of the Locus Gear CP3 poles… Similar to the LT4’s but with flick locks!

      ~Stick~

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  2. Shadowalpha says:

    These look like nice hiking poles. I currently use DIY poles I created from bamboo ski poles – cut to my size. They are lightweight. Eventually I may explore adjustable poles & I know npothing about all the various types – seeing your description & demo on these really help! Thx Stick 🙂

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  3. Greg Vizzi says:

    Hi folks,
    I have a pair of LT4s and love them. However, I have the same issues with one of the poles not tightening up. I think it would be helpful for the folks at Gossomer Gear to supply an extra rubber tightener with each pole. They can’t be that expensive or hard to replace. I’m sure most of us could handle making the replacement. It would make much more sense timewise and customer care-wise.
    EZVZ

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    • Stick says:

      Greg,

      That would be a great idea! I agree, I think that it would be quite easy to simply unscrew the bolt from the top and swap out the rubber washer piece as needed. Maybe we will see that sometime in the future…

      ~Stick~

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  4. JERMM says:

    Stick- In the past I’ve had a few problems getting my LT4’s to lock in too, in every case it was either a cold morning or the poles had been in the back of the truck and gotten cold. My trick was to pull them apart and hold the end with the rubber expander under my armpit for a couple of minutes to warm up and slightly expand, put the pole sections back together and they locked…sometimes a little spit works too. 🙂

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    • Stick says:

      JERMM,

      Yeah, the one time before this I warmed the rubber washer up and then it worked, however, on this trip, it didn’t matter. I tried lots of things, but it never held. Then, even after getting it home and knowing that it was warm, it still wouldn’t grab. I’m not sure what was up with it, but IMO, it just didn’t work anymore… Now I jsut hope that these new ones last much longer than that one…

      ~Stick~

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  5. Lukabrazi says:

    Sounds like the exact same scenario I had. One wouldn’t lock and I lost the tip on the other. I sent them in and they came back with a replaced tip but they said the pole locked for them. It still wouldn’t lock for me so I sent it back again and now it works great. They were quick about returning them both times. I really like these poles when they are working correctly. I sometimes have a hard time getting them to lock when I am setting up my Skyscape.

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    • Stick says:

      Lukabrazi,

      I think that you said it best as “I really like these poles when they are working correctly.”

      Fortunately, I was still able to lock my pole down for my hike, however, I could not adjust it unless I completely pulled the poles apart, tightened down on the locking washer a bit and then made the adjustment. This was ok though for my needs. With my Hexamid, I adjust the pole before putting it in the tent. I can see how making the adjustment while in the tent (such as the Skyscape) would be more of an issue though.

      For now though, I am still happy with them and have not been persuaded to trade them in…

      ~Stick~

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