The perfect pole, part 2
A follow up to this post: I always intended to make a pair, and to use the Gossamer Gear grips, which are the best. At first I thought I’d source tubing for the uppers myself, but couldn’t find an affordable small quantity of good aluminum in a thin enough wall, and the relatively small ID of 16.5mm (approximately). I’ve also been impressed with the new style flicklocks on M’s Carbon Corks, I retract my previous comment on them being fashion-only. So I bought a pair of this years Boundary ski poles and got to work.
Weights, as follows, are per individual piece.
BD powder baskets: .6 oz
BD trekking baskets: .1 oz
Gossamer Gear grips: .8 oz
BD Boundary grips (with straps): 3 oz
BD Boundary upper section (sans grip): 3.6 oz
BD Boundary lower section (sans basket): 3.8 oz
BD carbon probe pole lower section (sans basket): 4.4 oz
BD carbon probe lower section is 105cm. Boundary lower is 86 cm. Boundary upper is 61 cm (aka 24 inches).
Boundary upper OD is 18 mm. GG grip ID is 14 mm.
First I removed the Boundary grips by boiling them in water. Be aggressive about this, as it takes quite a lot of heat to soften the glue enough to get them off.
Next, prep the GG grips for insertion. I sanded the first 2/3s out a decent bit, put some Gorilla glue in the bottom of the grip, and then with a bit of mineral spirits on the shaft got everything together with minimal fuss. Be gentle, and make sure the pole seats symmetrically in the grip, and makes it all the way to the end (about 5.5″ of insertion). The glue is crucial, you need it to keep the pole in place so it doesn’t punch out the end of the grip, and you need it to form a hard plug so the male end of the probe pole doesn’t punch out the end of the grip. Dribble a bit of water down the inside of the shaft to activate the glue, and let the whole thing dry upside down. Do not use too much glue, a little is more than adequate.
Now I have a 9 oz/per pole which extends from 108cm to 156cm, and is very stiff throughout. Short enough for hiking, long enough for skating (and pitching the Megalight). The foam grips are light, don’t conduct cold, and are very comfortable. I didn’t add any provision for straps, as I never use them. The relative heft and lack of short collapsible length are the only downsides, and leave a space in the quiver for a good-trails-only summer pole. These are as unbreakable as usable poles can currently get, and their rigidity is something I hate to not have anymore.
One more box checked.