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I bought a set of the Compact 3 poles in an earlier drop. I think if I paid full price for them, I would probably be disappointed. The rubber tips they came with wore out in less than 40 miles -- the bottom was completely blown out. They are indeed light and seemed to hold up fine, otherwise, but they were not much more "compact" than my Leki Super Makalus. I was hoping they'd pack down smaller to make them easier to travel with, but they only are about an inch shorter than my Lekis when collapsed fully. I've never once thought "Dang, my arms are so tired from swinging these heavy poles" when hiking with my Lekis, and since I hike with poles all the time and they're never in my pack, having super lightweight poles is just not that important to me.
Also: The baskets are a pain to put on. I had to compress the pole all the way and stand it on its handle and really bear down on the basket in order to get them into the right place. Kind of made me nervous to do so, but those babies aren't coming off, that's for sure.
Yep, we heard from our members that the original Fizan poles came with a rubber tip that was intended to use for protection during travel, and it wore out quickly if it was used for hiking. That's one of the improvements we made the the Massdrop version - a more durable trip with far greater traction.
If you're looking for something more compact, it sound like the Compact 4 might have suited you better? It uses four pole sections so it can compact even smaller than the Compact 3 and far more than the Leki poles.
You're right about the baskets - hard to get on, but hard to get off too!
Thanks for posting your honest opinion.
Thanks. Glad you addressed the rubber tip issue. It's funny how such a silly thing can really be annoying when you have nothing else to focus on in the middle of nowhere for 40 miles!
And yes, in hindsight, I totally should've chosen the Compact 4 - and they were only a few dollars more. I am not sure why I didn't. I might have to try them at some point, but now I am up to 3 pairs of trekking poles!