CARE AND MAINTENANCE:
Condensation can occur inside any tube and dampness can cause the metal thread of any expander to oxidise as white, rough markings - so they won't perform as they should. To avoid this happening - dismantle any Carbon or Alloy shaft into sections, stow in the mesh bag and hang somewhere dry until needed. Allowing dry air to circulate keeps the poles happy! Do this after use .... or if using everyday - then perhaps overnight when possible.
Use plain water to clean the poles as necessary - and allow to dry .... inside and out! DO NOT LUBRICATE inside any shaft section or their expanding bolt (as the poles rely on friction locking).
2. Shaft Tips
The shaft tip is a firm press-fit onto the tapered bottom shaft section - so that it can be replaced when the carbide end is worn (rather than having to replace the whole of the bottom shaft section). At each stride the tip is in compression, being pushed onto the shaft - but sometimes if the basket has been caught between rocks etc and then tugged hard to free it, and if this action is continued regularly then the basket and tip housing could creep down the tapered shaft section and eventually be pulled-off inadvertently. As part of your regular shaft-maintenance 'review' check the shaft tip condition and housing position (thump it down hard onto a block of wood, if necessary).
3. Replacing the shaft tip:
Put the section in a vice horizontally (wrap with rubber glove to cushion/protect the shaft) tighten moderately ...take care not to over tighten as the rubber surface should hold it. Use either a wooden wedge and a few blows with a hammer - or if possible use an adjustable spanner to fit over the tube just above the tip housing with the jaws of the spanner just marginally wider apart then the diam of the pole, so as not to scratch it. Hold the spanner at 90 degrees to the pole - the jaws immediately behind the tip housing and thump the spanner with a wooden mallet to knock-off the tip........ This usually works!
Leave the pole in the vice and thump-on the new tip with the wooden mallet (with a piece of wood to protect the mallet) so that the tip is a high-up the tapered shaft as the original. Any queries just contact us.
STOWING / STORAGE:
The minimum length for stowing is 55cm when they are dismantled, which is shorter than their compact telescopic mode. Either alloy or carbon shafts are at their shortest for travelling/flight etc. when dismantled and placed diagonally in the pack. (Use the mesh bag if wanting to keep the sections together).
As another option to stowing poles in your pack when needing ‘hands free’ for short scrambles – then slide the shaft sections into each other and tighten them (so they won’t slip-out and get lost!). Loop a wrist cord over the handle of the other and vice versa. The shortened shafts rest either side of the pack with their cords/handles spanning the shoulder straps near to where they attach onto the pack.
If on terrain where one pole needs to be stowed for short distances to leave one hand free:- push the security cord to the shoulder so the pole faces back out of the way. Use the toggles for adjustment for use with a T-shirt or a bulky waterproof.