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.
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!
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.