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I have a pair of these in my hands right now. (Ok, on my desk. I'm typing.) We'll put up a full review soon on Engearment.com, but some first impressions:
The straps are glorious. So soft, very easy to adjust, and stay in place when in use. I almost want to make underwear out of the material. Basket options are nice - there are 4" powder baskets (14g), 2" trekking baskets (6g), a 1 3/8" "well, I guess we should put something on the bottom" baskets (4g). The rubber feet look nice, but we'll see. (10g)
I put some weight on them. They flex smoothly and the twist locks don't slip when tightened properly. Of course, they're brand new, so they better not. There's a little gap between the sections at both joints, so dirt may get in. Looking at the lock mechanism, first thing I notice is that it's captive. You can't accidentally screw it off and lose it in the pole. I've done that with Lekis before.
Annodization appears to scratch easily, but looks nice otherwise. Foam grips are comfy with just enough give to be soft but firm. There are some plastic burrs around the strap pin hole that may irritate hands. easy fix though.
The poles say 158g on them. Poles actually weigh 172 and 170g on our scale. Are they 158g when you remove the straps, maybe? I tried to get them off. Couldn't figure it out.
The blue is really nice. Ours are red. They also say "World's Lightest" on them. World's lightest aluminum? Definitely not world's lightest overall.
May 26, 2017
DannyMilks
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May 26, 2017
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Thanks for sharing your immediate impressions Dave. The stated weight of 158g is without the strap. Strap weighs another 10-12g. It's not hard to remove the strap, but challenging to get it back in. To remove it, push the straps in a bit to give them to slack, and try to pull out the plastic wedge piece in the middle. If you can pull that out, the rest of the strap will follow.
The "World's Lightest" was true for being fully able to collapse and adjust, and was uncontested for many years. Now the new Ruta Locura and Gossamer Gear poles are slightly lighter, so the Fizan poles should read "one of the world's lightest" poles, though I guess technically they are the lightest fully-featured aluminum poles :)
Good point about the internal locking mechanism. It is possible to pull out the pole sections, but you cannot remove the internal delrin stopper.
May 26, 2017
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