A couple years ago I found a Cascade Mountain Tech trekking pole on the trail, which I took home and added to my collection of trail booty. After my Black Diamond poles broke, I ended up using the CMT pole as my main pole, sometimes paired up with a whippet. I assumed it was an expensive pole based on the quality and features. It was a very durable and took a lot of abuse. It lasted about two years -- longer than all of my BD poles -- until the GF borrowed it and broke it in a nasty ski crash.
I never got around to replacing it at the time, but I happened upon the same Cascade Mountain Tech poles on Amazon a few days ago. Turns out, they're dirt cheap poles -- $22 bucks. I bought a pair and got them delivered today.
They seem to be about the same quality as the original CMT pole I found. They have the same flick-lock system as more expensive poles, and they extend long enough for a taller person such as myself. Also, unlike other cheap poles, they come with snow baskets and a variety of different tip covers. There's also a carbon fiber version for $44, if you want to save a little weight.
Anyway, I'm super happy to have found a great deal and I just thought I'd pass it along.
definitely not as durable as BDs IME. we bought about 4 pairs and have snapped parts and pieces easily on all of the poles. meanwhile, my 12 y.o. BD CF poles are still fine, despite some good tweaks over the years.
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