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    the Best Buy rating to the heaviest poles for good reasons they perform best and in use I can t tell the difference in weights I ve been out with a light pole in one hand and a heavy one in the other and not felt any difference Weight doesn t matter as long as the poles are used only if they re going to spend time on your pack does weight become important Pacerpoles are by far the most efficient and worth the high price if you use poles regularly and want to get the most out of them Trail Magazine August 2003 The unique handle is designed to be a more efficient method of transferring energy to the trekking pole and it is shaped to be left or right handed The wrist loops have been removed and replaced with a cord loop that is for security against losing the pole on uneven ground I found the Pacerpoles felt more natural and less tiring in both ascent and descent over rough ground and tracks I also felt that they allowed greater precision when placing the points Eric Langmuir author Mountain Craft and Leadership we had a great time on the Everest Trail using our Pacerpoles every inch of the way They really do almost become extensions of your body when you use them continuously for a long period The Great Outdoors Magazine July 2006 Backpacking Continuous Winter Munros Gear Steve Perry I often wondered on the winter challenge how on earth I managed the Summer Munro round without Pacerpoles It isn t the statistics of weight taken off your knees per mile that impresses me about them It s the speed you can move and the distance you can cover with them Adorned with snow baskets the poles worked just as well in the winter and were great for some four season boot skiing without skis They also worked well climbing on gentle slopes with the crampons The Great Outdoors Magazine March 2005 PACIFIC CREST TACKLE Tackling 2700 miles through a landscape that can throw anything at you requires special gear John Manning outlines a few of his favourites from his 2004 Pacific Crest Trail thru hike I ve been sold on knee saving Pacerpoles for some years now and wouldn t have hiked without them The angled carefully moulded handles help your arms to propel you forward without them I could never have covered some of the bigger daily mileages that I did I wore out two sets of pole tips and baskets during the hike Graham Thompson Technical Editor TRAIL magazine I can place Pacerpoles more easily at the right spot on tough ground particularly when going downhill With normal poles this is difficult due to handle shape I notice particularly when descending that the pole body relationship is les wobbly than when using a normal pole there is a better link between body and ground a better extension of my body Extracts from TGO July 2002

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  • User Reviews
    The poles themselves were really comfortable and while the grip aided normal walking on the flat it really came into its own going uphill as there is no need to grip the pole tightly since the load was easily transferred to the pole via the palm rather than having to pull on the pole G Ison UK I am not really a review type of person but on this occasion I have decided to comment I have just returned from a camping trip to the lakes UK with my brother and a friend Packing light is not so easy in the winter and hence we all had 18kg rucksacks with us Just before the trip I decided to get myself some poles I had been toying with the idea in the last couple of years as my knees hurt on descents I spoke to Heather on the phone before the trip and decided to give Pacer Poles a try I was also considering some of the higher end Leki offerings The poles arrived the day after ordering and I have to say that one of my initial concerns about their weight was unfounded Once in the hand they are barely noticeable for reference I bought the carbon s I set the poles up according to the instructions and also watched the various video s on the site The poles spent 6 days nights of hard walking in appalling conditions and I am a total convert which surprised me a little The poles provided benefits on all types of terrain flat up and down but especially the down my knees didn t really hurt for the 6 days maybe a slight twinge on the downs but nothing compared to walking without poles Now this is no miracle its just science Instead of my legs knees taking a complete battering with every step some of the load was transferred to the poles and my arms The benefits going uphill were also obvious and the additional stability provided by the poles on some of the very step sections was also great My friend was walking with some fixed length Elan poles I tried them whilst he tried the Pacer s but was very keen to swap back The handle on the Pacers is the part that makes the difference and of course the part that is so different to other manufacturers It is simply fantastic to hold and you can feel the propulsion provided with each step I wore thin liner gloves and mitts and dexterity on the pole was fine I also tried thicker mountain gloves which were ok but if you have a particularly bulky pair of gloves holding the handle may be a slight issue Remember that you are only lightly holding the handle not griping the life out of it and hence good blood flow to the hands seems to help keep them warm There is a technique to be learnt with these poles which is different to the technique I see many pole users adopting It took me the first day to get this sorted By day two they were like an extension to my arm Don t worry about stowed length they won t be on your rucksack All in all I can not fault them Now I can hear some of you saying I must have rose tinted specs on I haven t I am fully aware that some of the benefits described would have been gained from my second choice of Leki poles However I think that it is the handle and technique used with these poles that set them apart from everything else As always you pay your money and take your chance but if you are looking for poles I would strongly recommend that you consider these J Tonkovich USA I borrowed a pair of Pacerpoles while snowshoeing in the Cascade Mountains near Seattle Even though I own 2 pairs of graphite poles I felt the difference with your poles was significant enough to buy a pair Thanks J Barber UK Since using the poles I am finding a huge difference am now at the front when I was at the back everyone should have these poles Greg Mendoza USA Pacerpoles have kept me on the trails and have been a big factor in helping me to lose almost 200 lbs After 2 plus years and close to 2000 miles in the Mojave Desert my Pacerpoles look a bit battered and scarred but are still going strong For my money there simply isn t a better trekking pole Your products and service are simply the best Thank you Gene Jarstad USA I have used regular hiking poles for many years to reduce wear and tear on my knees and to increase the strength of my shoulder and upper body Generally I have been pretty happy with regular poles However once in a while my wrists would get a little sore from the straps or from the pressure on the wrists because of the angle of the poles vs my hands I got to try a friend s Pacerpoles one day and they felt great and just made sense My wrists and hands are in a very natural position to push on the poles There is no tweaking of the wrists After a day of hiking with the Pacerpoles I have no wrist finger or arm pain of any kind It seems that as we grow older it just makes sense to use more ergonomically designed exercise gear to prevent injury and aches and pains Pacerpoles do just that I love them The best in hiking O Bartrum UK Pacerpoles have accompanied me on the last 100 or so Munros I have climbed as well as trips to Nepal and the Alps so I feel very attached to them I have just 8 Munros left which I hope might complete this year it s not so easy when you live in Hampshire W Hare NZ South Island trekking south north email to say how well they have stood the test of 830km to date on the trail Despite a couple of hundred kms of road walking the tips are basically unworn And a lot of rock rumbling in rivers on ridge mountain tops have left them battered but unbroken Have saved me from quite a few crashes too as well as keeping me upright breathing deeply Position of the hand grips is sooooooooo comfortable caused a number of folk I encountered to want to have a look feel the poles are delightfully light No snow encountered have stopped for winter but will go back next summer to work on the 670km left on the south island Even now I still have to remind myself to walk tall sometimes particularly when I am tired or my feet hurt but I can immediately feel the difference when I do Thankyou awesome poles M Lemon UK It is about 15 years ago on the Scottish mountains that I realised that my sense of balance was not so good and I started to use trekking poles However I did not find them particularly comfortable to use and was worried by the need to use the wrist straps to get the full benefit A few years ago I had major surgery and was determined to get fit again I am 78 years old so am not trying to break any records or get into Nordic Walking So what of Pacer poles Firstly they are supportive and comfortable to hold which encourages me to use them all the time They give me confidence when conditions are slippery On good surfaces I find I get into a good rhythm and inevitably walk at a faster pace Due to failing eyesight the poles are necessary to judge the ground levels particularly going downhill I would not be without them and would not have achieved my present level of fitness without them So I would like to thank you for such a successful and valuable product Dr B Vivian UK I was given a pair of Pacer Poles for Christmas and have used them on every walk in the hills Cairngorms Malvern Hills end to end twice Peak District Lake District and Brecon Beacons since then I find that I got used to them very quickly and have found them absolutely fantastic Easy and comfortable to hold and manipulate the poles while walking I had a bad motorbike accident more than 20 years ago and my left leg has 6 of titanium plate still in there gets sore and tired after long days out With the poles I can walk 7 8 hours with an overnight backpack comfortably and at the end my leg is not tired I have not had any soreness in the hand either from gripping the poles or in the wrist as the ergonomic position is simply perfect The extra poise and balance that the poles give me really does help to reduce both impact and rotation on the ankle and lower leg also hip soreness at the end of the day seems to be a thing of the past due to much better overall posture oh yes my left leg is 1 2 shorter than my right I have started walking a lot more as a result enjoying the movement and the lack of soreness at the end of the day Once set up the poles are really solid and I have had no problems with pole collapse which I have had with other brands I would recommend the Pacer Poles without any reservation and hope that they last a very long time What I have noticed is that as I start walking I m automatically using them even on the road straight from the car and before the hill starts and I also notice the number of people that carry their ordinary poles in their sack I wouldn t dream of carrying these poles when using them is such a joy Thanks W Parker UK I find your web site one of the most interesting and informative I ve come across and I ve learned an awful lot from it I have been using my poles mostly for urban walking and on the beach and am finding them very easy to use I seem to have adapted to them very quickly and am enjoying them very much Lorraine McCall mountain wilderness guide UK I have been running about recently in the last couple of months my wee pacerpoles have taken me to the high atlas kilimanjaro china and nepal A Hunt UK Just back from snow shoeing in Sud Tirol where the poles performed superbly The rest of the group were all using conventional poles with straps and it was immediately clear that the Pacerpoles could be placed more accurately and consistently than the others This was confirmed by swapping poles I was also able to exert more force on the climbs and descents in particular in circumstances where for safety reasons the others were advised to take their hands out of the straps It took a while to decide how much to extend the poles to compensate for their sinking into softer powder snow but at least I was able to do this unlike those fellow walkers with fixed length poles Once I had a rule of thumb worked out I could quickly adapt to changing snow conditions Again the larger optional snow baskets that I d switched to at the beginning of the holiday were the envy of those using normal poles John Macpherson UK North Pole Race I can say unreservedly that the Pacer Poles we used for the 2009 North Pole Race 450 Nautical miles across the Ice were the single best piece of kit we took with us I cannot recommend them highly enough On a more practical note we experienced some of the terrible ice conditions in the arctic and despite personally breaking all my ski bindings plus replacements and both skis no replacements were possible the pacer poles not only never let us down but were bought home rather ceremoniously L Joyce Seattle USA Snowshoe season is again with us it s the best part of 6 months in these parts November and into May if you can get down to Rainier for that last month I can t tell you how much I rely on my Pacerpoles to get me through We can easily have a 10 foot base of snow so you never really know how deep your poles are going to sink into the snow even with snow baskets The extra control I get from the ergonomic handles has kept me from plunging headlong numerous times And because the snow height tends to be well above the brush level we do tend to adopt a more direct route up and especially down rather than taking the more gentle switchbacks of the summer route Faceplants are much more likely if you don t have the right poles And of course those strenuous climbs are where the added vertical thrust is truly appreciated weight off those quads which are burning badly enough at 6000 ft elevation or above where the oxygen supply is 20 lower A further not inconsiderable bonus free hands You can wiggle your hands and restore warmth to cold fingers after lunch much more easily if you don t have straps reducing the blood flow John Dunn www arcticlight com Expedition to Ellesmere Island Canada Try as we might for 750 km and during 50 days of use on Ellesmere Island we could not break our Pacerpoles They were absolutely essential to the success of the trip and I have no idea why anyone would use any other pole Best summed up by Clive who when faced with another dodgy river crossing said if anything happens don t worry about me but be sure to rescue my poles Lars Nielsen Denmark I have used a couple of days to try out different shaft lengths and personalizing the shaft lengths quite surprised on how big a difference 1 or 2 cm s is doing I tried using my standard trekking poles in the Pacerpole way and I found that the handles wasn t up to the job but also that there was a potential in using poles in that way The Pacerpole handle really makes it much more natural On my training walks with the Aarnpack and the PP the statistics of the GPS tells me that I walk about 1 km faster than I use to do with my old backpack and poles I also get much less tired and walk longer before I take a break although I have a lot of short breaks to watch or to take photos of the nature or birds animals which I didn t as often before In that way I get a lot more from my walks trekking I really am looking forward to a 3 day trekking in Sweden in November and experience the benefits of using the poles all of the way but the winter over will only be shorter training walks When carrying poles along on a trek it will be a big difference that they are not dead weight most of the way Graham Hopkins USA I through hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with a pair of Pacerpoles from Canada to Mexico a distance of about 2658 miles I loved the poles They gave great power on the up hill climbs and good control on the descent the largest of which was 7 000ft I truly have to commend you for a great creation Geoff Cohen Mountaineer I returned from Corsica at the end of May We did nearly all the GR20 missing out the first and last two stages as we were short of time There was quite a lot of snow in the northern section The Pacerpoles were excellent and I certainly convinced my companion Gordon MacNair of their advantages I was also able to show them off to various Belgians and Germans we met en route Then when I went up Mt Rotondo on my own it was in pretty wintry condition and I had neither axe nor crampons so the Pacerpoles were invaluable for safety One day in September we went up to a hut not with very heavy sacs but with big mountaineering boots I was using my old poles while my friend had the Pacerpoles I was very struck by the difference the conventional poles seemed really awkward after having used Pacerpoles Jayne Eaden Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail You may remember that I ordered a pair of poles as I had borrowed a friend s prior to doing the Inca Trail Here are both of us complete with poles at our destination It is a tough walk made immensely easier with the poles Neither of us suffered any aches and pains in our knees even after thousands of Inca steps Eric Jones Climber Basejumper Just returned from a three week walking trip in Colorado and Alaska five months after a complete knee replacement The Pacerpoles were brilliant once I got used to them I found that all the advantages you claim over ordinary poles were true Many thanks my old poles will be in the Boot Sale next week Update It s now nine months since my knee replacement I was climbing after six months and two weeks ago skiing in Switzerland This progress has been achieved in a large part by the use of the Pacerpoles They gave me so much help to regain the confidence in getting my knee working again Again many thanks Katherine Vanyai Australia I just wanted to let you know that I was incredibly impressed by how my new pacerpoles performed on a three week trek in the Dolpo region of Nepal They made all the difference getting over 5000m

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    resume posting Pacerpoles by the end of the month The order page will be open again on the 25th January so you may place your order in advance if you wish We already have a large pre order request list which will take priority so these will be sent first because of this it may take a few days longer than usual in getting any new orders processed W e will keep you informed with an email when your poles have been despatched We are very sorry for the delay If you have any queries please email us at This e mail address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it News Reviews review steveperry review tgo2009 review trail2007 review tgo2006 Steve Perry TGO 2006 I often wondered on the winter challenge how on earth I managed the Summer Munro round without Pacerpoles It s the speed you can move and the distance you can cover with them Read more TGO Magazine March 2009 Pacerpoles have been my favourite trekking poles for several years now due to the angled handles which are shaped for the left and right hands Read more Trail Magazine February 2007 Compare this to any other pole and it is noticeable how much more energy efficient the Pacerpole design is Read more TGO Magazine April 2006 I ve used Pacerpoles more than any other in recent years They re the most effective they increase efficiency by enabling your arms to help propel you along Read more review nigel review stuart skinner review markinglis review fergal Nigel Wragg UK We ve now done a couple more walks including some good up and down sections Uphill we definitely have more power and the action is easy to maintain Read more Stuart Skinner UK I

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    and comments Health Fitness Pacerpole Reviews GROUPS Pacerpole Walking groups Facebook info CONTACT Contact us Keep up to date Pacerpole history PACERPOLE ALLOY EXTRA SPARES PACK Includes mesh bag a pair of larger baskets for use on snow or soft sand an extra pair of small 4cm baskets plus an extra pair of rubber street feet Pair 78 inc VAT and worldwide postage PACERPOLE ALLOY PACKAGE Pair of 3 section Alloy Pacerpoles Extra Spares Pack all details to the left Camera Mount with small mesh bag Package Price 91 inc VAT and worldwide postage For 3 Section Pacerpole Carbon Click here For 2 Section Pacerpole Click here Remember to look after your pacerpoles click here for Care and Maintenance News Reviews review steveperry review tgo2009 review trail2007 review tgo2006 Steve Perry TGO 2006 I often wondered on the winter challenge how on earth I managed the Summer Munro round without Pacerpoles It s the speed you can move and the distance you can cover with them Read more TGO Magazine March 2009 Pacerpoles have been my favourite trekking poles for several years now due to the angled handles which are shaped for the left and right hands Read more Trail Magazine February 2007 Compare this to any other pole and it is noticeable how much more energy efficient the Pacerpole design is Read more TGO Magazine April 2006 I ve used Pacerpoles more than any other in recent years They re the most effective they increase efficiency by enabling your arms to help propel you along Read more review nigel review stuart skinner review markinglis review fergal Nigel Wragg UK We ve now done a couple more walks including some good up and down sections Uphill we definitely have more power and the action is easy to maintain Read more

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  • Industry Reviews and Publications
    the Best Buy rating to the heaviest poles for good reasons they perform best and in use I can t tell the difference in weights I ve been out with a light pole in one hand and a heavy one in the other and not felt any difference Weight doesn t matter as long as the poles are used only if they re going to spend time on your pack does weight become important Pacerpoles are by far the most efficient and worth the high price if you use poles regularly and want to get the most out of them Trail Magazine August 2003 The unique handle is designed to be a more efficient method of transferring energy to the trekking pole and it is shaped to be left or right handed The wrist loops have been removed and replaced with a cord loop that is for security against losing the pole on uneven ground I found the Pacerpoles felt more natural and less tiring in both ascent and descent over rough ground and tracks I also felt that they allowed greater precision when placing the points Eric Langmuir author Mountain Craft and Leadership we had a great time on the Everest Trail using our Pacerpoles every inch of the way They really do almost become extensions of your body when you use them continuously for a long period The Great Outdoors Magazine July 2006 Backpacking Continuous Winter Munros Gear Steve Perry I often wondered on the winter challenge how on earth I managed the Summer Munro round without Pacerpoles It isn t the statistics of weight taken off your knees per mile that impresses me about them It s the speed you can move and the distance you can cover with them Adorned with snow baskets the poles worked just as well in the winter and were great for some four season boot skiing without skis They also worked well climbing on gentle slopes with the crampons The Great Outdoors Magazine March 2005 PACIFIC CREST TACKLE Tackling 2700 miles through a landscape that can throw anything at you requires special gear John Manning outlines a few of his favourites from his 2004 Pacific Crest Trail thru hike I ve been sold on knee saving Pacerpoles for some years now and wouldn t have hiked without them The angled carefully moulded handles help your arms to propel you forward without them I could never have covered some of the bigger daily mileages that I did I wore out two sets of pole tips and baskets during the hike Graham Thompson Technical Editor TRAIL magazine I can place Pacerpoles more easily at the right spot on tough ground particularly when going downhill With normal poles this is difficult due to handle shape I notice particularly when descending that the pole body relationship is les wobbly than when using a normal pole there is a better link between body and ground a better extension of my body Extracts from TGO July 2002

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  • User Reviews
    The poles themselves were really comfortable and while the grip aided normal walking on the flat it really came into its own going uphill as there is no need to grip the pole tightly since the load was easily transferred to the pole via the palm rather than having to pull on the pole G Ison UK I am not really a review type of person but on this occasion I have decided to comment I have just returned from a camping trip to the lakes UK with my brother and a friend Packing light is not so easy in the winter and hence we all had 18kg rucksacks with us Just before the trip I decided to get myself some poles I had been toying with the idea in the last couple of years as my knees hurt on descents I spoke to Heather on the phone before the trip and decided to give Pacer Poles a try I was also considering some of the higher end Leki offerings The poles arrived the day after ordering and I have to say that one of my initial concerns about their weight was unfounded Once in the hand they are barely noticeable for reference I bought the carbon s I set the poles up according to the instructions and also watched the various video s on the site The poles spent 6 days nights of hard walking in appalling conditions and I am a total convert which surprised me a little The poles provided benefits on all types of terrain flat up and down but especially the down my knees didn t really hurt for the 6 days maybe a slight twinge on the downs but nothing compared to walking without poles Now this is no miracle its just science Instead of my legs knees taking a complete battering with every step some of the load was transferred to the poles and my arms The benefits going uphill were also obvious and the additional stability provided by the poles on some of the very step sections was also great My friend was walking with some fixed length Elan poles I tried them whilst he tried the Pacer s but was very keen to swap back The handle on the Pacers is the part that makes the difference and of course the part that is so different to other manufacturers It is simply fantastic to hold and you can feel the propulsion provided with each step I wore thin liner gloves and mitts and dexterity on the pole was fine I also tried thicker mountain gloves which were ok but if you have a particularly bulky pair of gloves holding the handle may be a slight issue Remember that you are only lightly holding the handle not griping the life out of it and hence good blood flow to the hands seems to help keep them warm There is a technique to be learnt with these poles which is different to the technique I see many pole users adopting It took me the first day to get this sorted By day two they were like an extension to my arm Don t worry about stowed length they won t be on your rucksack All in all I can not fault them Now I can hear some of you saying I must have rose tinted specs on I haven t I am fully aware that some of the benefits described would have been gained from my second choice of Leki poles However I think that it is the handle and technique used with these poles that set them apart from everything else As always you pay your money and take your chance but if you are looking for poles I would strongly recommend that you consider these J Tonkovich USA I borrowed a pair of Pacerpoles while snowshoeing in the Cascade Mountains near Seattle Even though I own 2 pairs of graphite poles I felt the difference with your poles was significant enough to buy a pair Thanks J Barber UK Since using the poles I am finding a huge difference am now at the front when I was at the back everyone should have these poles Greg Mendoza USA Pacerpoles have kept me on the trails and have been a big factor in helping me to lose almost 200 lbs After 2 plus years and close to 2000 miles in the Mojave Desert my Pacerpoles look a bit battered and scarred but are still going strong For my money there simply isn t a better trekking pole Your products and service are simply the best Thank you Gene Jarstad USA I have used regular hiking poles for many years to reduce wear and tear on my knees and to increase the strength of my shoulder and upper body Generally I have been pretty happy with regular poles However once in a while my wrists would get a little sore from the straps or from the pressure on the wrists because of the angle of the poles vs my hands I got to try a friend s Pacerpoles one day and they felt great and just made sense My wrists and hands are in a very natural position to push on the poles There is no tweaking of the wrists After a day of hiking with the Pacerpoles I have no wrist finger or arm pain of any kind It seems that as we grow older it just makes sense to use more ergonomically designed exercise gear to prevent injury and aches and pains Pacerpoles do just that I love them The best in hiking O Bartrum UK Pacerpoles have accompanied me on the last 100 or so Munros I have climbed as well as trips to Nepal and the Alps so I feel very attached to them I have just 8 Munros left which I hope might complete this year it s not so easy when you live in Hampshire W Hare NZ South Island trekking south north email to say how well they have stood the test of 830km to date on the trail Despite a couple of hundred kms of road walking the tips are basically unworn And a lot of rock rumbling in rivers on ridge mountain tops have left them battered but unbroken Have saved me from quite a few crashes too as well as keeping me upright breathing deeply Position of the hand grips is sooooooooo comfortable caused a number of folk I encountered to want to have a look feel the poles are delightfully light No snow encountered have stopped for winter but will go back next summer to work on the 670km left on the south island Even now I still have to remind myself to walk tall sometimes particularly when I am tired or my feet hurt but I can immediately feel the difference when I do Thankyou awesome poles M Lemon UK It is about 15 years ago on the Scottish mountains that I realised that my sense of balance was not so good and I started to use trekking poles However I did not find them particularly comfortable to use and was worried by the need to use the wrist straps to get the full benefit A few years ago I had major surgery and was determined to get fit again I am 78 years old so am not trying to break any records or get into Nordic Walking So what of Pacer poles Firstly they are supportive and comfortable to hold which encourages me to use them all the time They give me confidence when conditions are slippery On good surfaces I find I get into a good rhythm and inevitably walk at a faster pace Due to failing eyesight the poles are necessary to judge the ground levels particularly going downhill I would not be without them and would not have achieved my present level of fitness without them So I would like to thank you for such a successful and valuable product Dr B Vivian UK I was given a pair of Pacer Poles for Christmas and have used them on every walk in the hills Cairngorms Malvern Hills end to end twice Peak District Lake District and Brecon Beacons since then I find that I got used to them very quickly and have found them absolutely fantastic Easy and comfortable to hold and manipulate the poles while walking I had a bad motorbike accident more than 20 years ago and my left leg has 6 of titanium plate still in there gets sore and tired after long days out With the poles I can walk 7 8 hours with an overnight backpack comfortably and at the end my leg is not tired I have not had any soreness in the hand either from gripping the poles or in the wrist as the ergonomic position is simply perfect The extra poise and balance that the poles give me really does help to reduce both impact and rotation on the ankle and lower leg also hip soreness at the end of the day seems to be a thing of the past due to much better overall posture oh yes my left leg is 1 2 shorter than my right I have started walking a lot more as a result enjoying the movement and the lack of soreness at the end of the day Once set up the poles are really solid and I have had no problems with pole collapse which I have had with other brands I would recommend the Pacer Poles without any reservation and hope that they last a very long time What I have noticed is that as I start walking I m automatically using them even on the road straight from the car and before the hill starts and I also notice the number of people that carry their ordinary poles in their sack I wouldn t dream of carrying these poles when using them is such a joy Thanks W Parker UK I find your web site one of the most interesting and informative I ve come across and I ve learned an awful lot from it I have been using my poles mostly for urban walking and on the beach and am finding them very easy to use I seem to have adapted to them very quickly and am enjoying them very much Lorraine McCall mountain wilderness guide UK I have been running about recently in the last couple of months my wee pacerpoles have taken me to the high atlas kilimanjaro china and nepal A Hunt UK Just back from snow shoeing in Sud Tirol where the poles performed superbly The rest of the group were all using conventional poles with straps and it was immediately clear that the Pacerpoles could be placed more accurately and consistently than the others This was confirmed by swapping poles I was also able to exert more force on the climbs and descents in particular in circumstances where for safety reasons the others were advised to take their hands out of the straps It took a while to decide how much to extend the poles to compensate for their sinking into softer powder snow but at least I was able to do this unlike those fellow walkers with fixed length poles Once I had a rule of thumb worked out I could quickly adapt to changing snow conditions Again the larger optional snow baskets that I d switched to at the beginning of the holiday were the envy of those using normal poles John Macpherson UK North Pole Race I can say unreservedly that the Pacer Poles we used for the 2009 North Pole Race 450 Nautical miles across the Ice were the single best piece of kit we took with us I cannot recommend them highly enough On a more practical note we experienced some of the terrible ice conditions in the arctic and despite personally breaking all my ski bindings plus replacements and both skis no replacements were possible the pacer poles not only never let us down but were bought home rather ceremoniously L Joyce Seattle USA Snowshoe season is again with us it s the best part of 6 months in these parts November and into May if you can get down to Rainier for that last month I can t tell you how much I rely on my Pacerpoles to get me through We can easily have a 10 foot base of snow so you never really know how deep your poles are going to sink into the snow even with snow baskets The extra control I get from the ergonomic handles has kept me from plunging headlong numerous times And because the snow height tends to be well above the brush level we do tend to adopt a more direct route up and especially down rather than taking the more gentle switchbacks of the summer route Faceplants are much more likely if you don t have the right poles And of course those strenuous climbs are where the added vertical thrust is truly appreciated weight off those quads which are burning badly enough at 6000 ft elevation or above where the oxygen supply is 20 lower A further not inconsiderable bonus free hands You can wiggle your hands and restore warmth to cold fingers after lunch much more easily if you don t have straps reducing the blood flow John Dunn www arcticlight com Expedition to Ellesmere Island Canada Try as we might for 750 km and during 50 days of use on Ellesmere Island we could not break our Pacerpoles They were absolutely essential to the success of the trip and I have no idea why anyone would use any other pole Best summed up by Clive who when faced with another dodgy river crossing said if anything happens don t worry about me but be sure to rescue my poles Lars Nielsen Denmark I have used a couple of days to try out different shaft lengths and personalizing the shaft lengths quite surprised on how big a difference 1 or 2 cm s is doing I tried using my standard trekking poles in the Pacerpole way and I found that the handles wasn t up to the job but also that there was a potential in using poles in that way The Pacerpole handle really makes it much more natural On my training walks with the Aarnpack and the PP the statistics of the GPS tells me that I walk about 1 km faster than I use to do with my old backpack and poles I also get much less tired and walk longer before I take a break although I have a lot of short breaks to watch or to take photos of the nature or birds animals which I didn t as often before In that way I get a lot more from my walks trekking I really am looking forward to a 3 day trekking in Sweden in November and experience the benefits of using the poles all of the way but the winter over will only be shorter training walks When carrying poles along on a trek it will be a big difference that they are not dead weight most of the way Graham Hopkins USA I through hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with a pair of Pacerpoles from Canada to Mexico a distance of about 2658 miles I loved the poles They gave great power on the up hill climbs and good control on the descent the largest of which was 7 000ft I truly have to commend you for a great creation Geoff Cohen Mountaineer I returned from Corsica at the end of May We did nearly all the GR20 missing out the first and last two stages as we were short of time There was quite a lot of snow in the northern section The Pacerpoles were excellent and I certainly convinced my companion Gordon MacNair of their advantages I was also able to show them off to various Belgians and Germans we met en route Then when I went up Mt Rotondo on my own it was in pretty wintry condition and I had neither axe nor crampons so the Pacerpoles were invaluable for safety One day in September we went up to a hut not with very heavy sacs but with big mountaineering boots I was using my old poles while my friend had the Pacerpoles I was very struck by the difference the conventional poles seemed really awkward after having used Pacerpoles Jayne Eaden Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail You may remember that I ordered a pair of poles as I had borrowed a friend s prior to doing the Inca Trail Here are both of us complete with poles at our destination It is a tough walk made immensely easier with the poles Neither of us suffered any aches and pains in our knees even after thousands of Inca steps Eric Jones Climber Basejumper Just returned from a three week walking trip in Colorado and Alaska five months after a complete knee replacement The Pacerpoles were brilliant once I got used to them I found that all the advantages you claim over ordinary poles were true Many thanks my old poles will be in the Boot Sale next week Update It s now nine months since my knee replacement I was climbing after six months and two weeks ago skiing in Switzerland This progress has been achieved in a large part by the use of the Pacerpoles They gave me so much help to regain the confidence in getting my knee working again Again many thanks Katherine Vanyai Australia I just wanted to let you know that I was incredibly impressed by how my new pacerpoles performed on a three week trek in the Dolpo region of Nepal They made all the difference getting over 5000m

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  • Industry Reviews and Publications
    the Best Buy rating to the heaviest poles for good reasons they perform best and in use I can t tell the difference in weights I ve been out with a light pole in one hand and a heavy one in the other and not felt any difference Weight doesn t matter as long as the poles are used only if they re going to spend time on your pack does weight become important Pacerpoles are by far the most efficient and worth the high price if you use poles regularly and want to get the most out of them Trail Magazine August 2003 The unique handle is designed to be a more efficient method of transferring energy to the trekking pole and it is shaped to be left or right handed The wrist loops have been removed and replaced with a cord loop that is for security against losing the pole on uneven ground I found the Pacerpoles felt more natural and less tiring in both ascent and descent over rough ground and tracks I also felt that they allowed greater precision when placing the points Eric Langmuir author Mountain Craft and Leadership we had a great time on the Everest Trail using our Pacerpoles every inch of the way They really do almost become extensions of your body when you use them continuously for a long period The Great Outdoors Magazine July 2006 Backpacking Continuous Winter Munros Gear Steve Perry I often wondered on the winter challenge how on earth I managed the Summer Munro round without Pacerpoles It isn t the statistics of weight taken off your knees per mile that impresses me about them It s the speed you can move and the distance you can cover with them Adorned with snow baskets the poles worked just as well in the winter and were great for some four season boot skiing without skis They also worked well climbing on gentle slopes with the crampons The Great Outdoors Magazine March 2005 PACIFIC CREST TACKLE Tackling 2700 miles through a landscape that can throw anything at you requires special gear John Manning outlines a few of his favourites from his 2004 Pacific Crest Trail thru hike I ve been sold on knee saving Pacerpoles for some years now and wouldn t have hiked without them The angled carefully moulded handles help your arms to propel you forward without them I could never have covered some of the bigger daily mileages that I did I wore out two sets of pole tips and baskets during the hike Graham Thompson Technical Editor TRAIL magazine I can place Pacerpoles more easily at the right spot on tough ground particularly when going downhill With normal poles this is difficult due to handle shape I notice particularly when descending that the pole body relationship is les wobbly than when using a normal pole there is a better link between body and ground a better extension of my body Extracts from TGO July 2002

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  • User Reviews
    The poles themselves were really comfortable and while the grip aided normal walking on the flat it really came into its own going uphill as there is no need to grip the pole tightly since the load was easily transferred to the pole via the palm rather than having to pull on the pole G Ison UK I am not really a review type of person but on this occasion I have decided to comment I have just returned from a camping trip to the lakes UK with my brother and a friend Packing light is not so easy in the winter and hence we all had 18kg rucksacks with us Just before the trip I decided to get myself some poles I had been toying with the idea in the last couple of years as my knees hurt on descents I spoke to Heather on the phone before the trip and decided to give Pacer Poles a try I was also considering some of the higher end Leki offerings The poles arrived the day after ordering and I have to say that one of my initial concerns about their weight was unfounded Once in the hand they are barely noticeable for reference I bought the carbon s I set the poles up according to the instructions and also watched the various video s on the site The poles spent 6 days nights of hard walking in appalling conditions and I am a total convert which surprised me a little The poles provided benefits on all types of terrain flat up and down but especially the down my knees didn t really hurt for the 6 days maybe a slight twinge on the downs but nothing compared to walking without poles Now this is no miracle its just science Instead of my legs knees taking a complete battering with every step some of the load was transferred to the poles and my arms The benefits going uphill were also obvious and the additional stability provided by the poles on some of the very step sections was also great My friend was walking with some fixed length Elan poles I tried them whilst he tried the Pacer s but was very keen to swap back The handle on the Pacers is the part that makes the difference and of course the part that is so different to other manufacturers It is simply fantastic to hold and you can feel the propulsion provided with each step I wore thin liner gloves and mitts and dexterity on the pole was fine I also tried thicker mountain gloves which were ok but if you have a particularly bulky pair of gloves holding the handle may be a slight issue Remember that you are only lightly holding the handle not griping the life out of it and hence good blood flow to the hands seems to help keep them warm There is a technique to be learnt with these poles which is different to the technique I see many pole users adopting It took me the first day to get this sorted By day two they were like an extension to my arm Don t worry about stowed length they won t be on your rucksack All in all I can not fault them Now I can hear some of you saying I must have rose tinted specs on I haven t I am fully aware that some of the benefits described would have been gained from my second choice of Leki poles However I think that it is the handle and technique used with these poles that set them apart from everything else As always you pay your money and take your chance but if you are looking for poles I would strongly recommend that you consider these J Tonkovich USA I borrowed a pair of Pacerpoles while snowshoeing in the Cascade Mountains near Seattle Even though I own 2 pairs of graphite poles I felt the difference with your poles was significant enough to buy a pair Thanks J Barber UK Since using the poles I am finding a huge difference am now at the front when I was at the back everyone should have these poles Greg Mendoza USA Pacerpoles have kept me on the trails and have been a big factor in helping me to lose almost 200 lbs After 2 plus years and close to 2000 miles in the Mojave Desert my Pacerpoles look a bit battered and scarred but are still going strong For my money there simply isn t a better trekking pole Your products and service are simply the best Thank you Gene Jarstad USA I have used regular hiking poles for many years to reduce wear and tear on my knees and to increase the strength of my shoulder and upper body Generally I have been pretty happy with regular poles However once in a while my wrists would get a little sore from the straps or from the pressure on the wrists because of the angle of the poles vs my hands I got to try a friend s Pacerpoles one day and they felt great and just made sense My wrists and hands are in a very natural position to push on the poles There is no tweaking of the wrists After a day of hiking with the Pacerpoles I have no wrist finger or arm pain of any kind It seems that as we grow older it just makes sense to use more ergonomically designed exercise gear to prevent injury and aches and pains Pacerpoles do just that I love them The best in hiking O Bartrum UK Pacerpoles have accompanied me on the last 100 or so Munros I have climbed as well as trips to Nepal and the Alps so I feel very attached to them I have just 8 Munros left which I hope might complete this year it s not so easy when you live in Hampshire W Hare NZ South Island trekking south north email to say how well they have stood the test of 830km to date on the trail Despite a couple of hundred kms of road walking the tips are basically unworn And a lot of rock rumbling in rivers on ridge mountain tops have left them battered but unbroken Have saved me from quite a few crashes too as well as keeping me upright breathing deeply Position of the hand grips is sooooooooo comfortable caused a number of folk I encountered to want to have a look feel the poles are delightfully light No snow encountered have stopped for winter but will go back next summer to work on the 670km left on the south island Even now I still have to remind myself to walk tall sometimes particularly when I am tired or my feet hurt but I can immediately feel the difference when I do Thankyou awesome poles M Lemon UK It is about 15 years ago on the Scottish mountains that I realised that my sense of balance was not so good and I started to use trekking poles However I did not find them particularly comfortable to use and was worried by the need to use the wrist straps to get the full benefit A few years ago I had major surgery and was determined to get fit again I am 78 years old so am not trying to break any records or get into Nordic Walking So what of Pacer poles Firstly they are supportive and comfortable to hold which encourages me to use them all the time They give me confidence when conditions are slippery On good surfaces I find I get into a good rhythm and inevitably walk at a faster pace Due to failing eyesight the poles are necessary to judge the ground levels particularly going downhill I would not be without them and would not have achieved my present level of fitness without them So I would like to thank you for such a successful and valuable product Dr B Vivian UK I was given a pair of Pacer Poles for Christmas and have used them on every walk in the hills Cairngorms Malvern Hills end to end twice Peak District Lake District and Brecon Beacons since then I find that I got used to them very quickly and have found them absolutely fantastic Easy and comfortable to hold and manipulate the poles while walking I had a bad motorbike accident more than 20 years ago and my left leg has 6 of titanium plate still in there gets sore and tired after long days out With the poles I can walk 7 8 hours with an overnight backpack comfortably and at the end my leg is not tired I have not had any soreness in the hand either from gripping the poles or in the wrist as the ergonomic position is simply perfect The extra poise and balance that the poles give me really does help to reduce both impact and rotation on the ankle and lower leg also hip soreness at the end of the day seems to be a thing of the past due to much better overall posture oh yes my left leg is 1 2 shorter than my right I have started walking a lot more as a result enjoying the movement and the lack of soreness at the end of the day Once set up the poles are really solid and I have had no problems with pole collapse which I have had with other brands I would recommend the Pacer Poles without any reservation and hope that they last a very long time What I have noticed is that as I start walking I m automatically using them even on the road straight from the car and before the hill starts and I also notice the number of people that carry their ordinary poles in their sack I wouldn t dream of carrying these poles when using them is such a joy Thanks W Parker UK I find your web site one of the most interesting and informative I ve come across and I ve learned an awful lot from it I have been using my poles mostly for urban walking and on the beach and am finding them very easy to use I seem to have adapted to them very quickly and am enjoying them very much Lorraine McCall mountain wilderness guide UK I have been running about recently in the last couple of months my wee pacerpoles have taken me to the high atlas kilimanjaro china and nepal A Hunt UK Just back from snow shoeing in Sud Tirol where the poles performed superbly The rest of the group were all using conventional poles with straps and it was immediately clear that the Pacerpoles could be placed more accurately and consistently than the others This was confirmed by swapping poles I was also able to exert more force on the climbs and descents in particular in circumstances where for safety reasons the others were advised to take their hands out of the straps It took a while to decide how much to extend the poles to compensate for their sinking into softer powder snow but at least I was able to do this unlike those fellow walkers with fixed length poles Once I had a rule of thumb worked out I could quickly adapt to changing snow conditions Again the larger optional snow baskets that I d switched to at the beginning of the holiday were the envy of those using normal poles John Macpherson UK North Pole Race I can say unreservedly that the Pacer Poles we used for the 2009 North Pole Race 450 Nautical miles across the Ice were the single best piece of kit we took with us I cannot recommend them highly enough On a more practical note we experienced some of the terrible ice conditions in the arctic and despite personally breaking all my ski bindings plus replacements and both skis no replacements were possible the pacer poles not only never let us down but were bought home rather ceremoniously L Joyce Seattle USA Snowshoe season is again with us it s the best part of 6 months in these parts November and into May if you can get down to Rainier for that last month I can t tell you how much I rely on my Pacerpoles to get me through We can easily have a 10 foot base of snow so you never really know how deep your poles are going to sink into the snow even with snow baskets The extra control I get from the ergonomic handles has kept me from plunging headlong numerous times And because the snow height tends to be well above the brush level we do tend to adopt a more direct route up and especially down rather than taking the more gentle switchbacks of the summer route Faceplants are much more likely if you don t have the right poles And of course those strenuous climbs are where the added vertical thrust is truly appreciated weight off those quads which are burning badly enough at 6000 ft elevation or above where the oxygen supply is 20 lower A further not inconsiderable bonus free hands You can wiggle your hands and restore warmth to cold fingers after lunch much more easily if you don t have straps reducing the blood flow John Dunn www arcticlight com Expedition to Ellesmere Island Canada Try as we might for 750 km and during 50 days of use on Ellesmere Island we could not break our Pacerpoles They were absolutely essential to the success of the trip and I have no idea why anyone would use any other pole Best summed up by Clive who when faced with another dodgy river crossing said if anything happens don t worry about me but be sure to rescue my poles Lars Nielsen Denmark I have used a couple of days to try out different shaft lengths and personalizing the shaft lengths quite surprised on how big a difference 1 or 2 cm s is doing I tried using my standard trekking poles in the Pacerpole way and I found that the handles wasn t up to the job but also that there was a potential in using poles in that way The Pacerpole handle really makes it much more natural On my training walks with the Aarnpack and the PP the statistics of the GPS tells me that I walk about 1 km faster than I use to do with my old backpack and poles I also get much less tired and walk longer before I take a break although I have a lot of short breaks to watch or to take photos of the nature or birds animals which I didn t as often before In that way I get a lot more from my walks trekking I really am looking forward to a 3 day trekking in Sweden in November and experience the benefits of using the poles all of the way but the winter over will only be shorter training walks When carrying poles along on a trek it will be a big difference that they are not dead weight most of the way Graham Hopkins USA I through hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with a pair of Pacerpoles from Canada to Mexico a distance of about 2658 miles I loved the poles They gave great power on the up hill climbs and good control on the descent the largest of which was 7 000ft I truly have to commend you for a great creation Geoff Cohen Mountaineer I returned from Corsica at the end of May We did nearly all the GR20 missing out the first and last two stages as we were short of time There was quite a lot of snow in the northern section The Pacerpoles were excellent and I certainly convinced my companion Gordon MacNair of their advantages I was also able to show them off to various Belgians and Germans we met en route Then when I went up Mt Rotondo on my own it was in pretty wintry condition and I had neither axe nor crampons so the Pacerpoles were invaluable for safety One day in September we went up to a hut not with very heavy sacs but with big mountaineering boots I was using my old poles while my friend had the Pacerpoles I was very struck by the difference the conventional poles seemed really awkward after having used Pacerpoles Jayne Eaden Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail You may remember that I ordered a pair of poles as I had borrowed a friend s prior to doing the Inca Trail Here are both of us complete with poles at our destination It is a tough walk made immensely easier with the poles Neither of us suffered any aches and pains in our knees even after thousands of Inca steps Eric Jones Climber Basejumper Just returned from a three week walking trip in Colorado and Alaska five months after a complete knee replacement The Pacerpoles were brilliant once I got used to them I found that all the advantages you claim over ordinary poles were true Many thanks my old poles will be in the Boot Sale next week Update It s now nine months since my knee replacement I was climbing after six months and two weeks ago skiing in Switzerland This progress has been achieved in a large part by the use of the Pacerpoles They gave me so much help to regain the confidence in getting my knee working again Again many thanks Katherine Vanyai Australia I just wanted to let you know that I was incredibly impressed by how my new pacerpoles performed on a three week trek in the Dolpo region of Nepal They made all the difference getting over 5000m

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