The new versions are a lot better, never had any trouble with slippingI had a set of the original Carbon Lite Poles, they worked well as walking poles in the dry but found the bottom section always slipped if it was raining.
I also used them with my Trailstar and they nearly always slipped.
Locus Gear CP3 poles, £95 a pair delivered from Japan, 155 gr each according to Locus Gear, mine are 152 gr and 160 with the small basket. All carbon fibre but rock steady and I would trust them to support me and my pack in anything gnarly because they already have. They extend to 135 but that is fine, I carry a 20 gr carbon fibre tube that replaces the lower sections and allows the uppers to be combined for a single strong pole of 180+ cm.I'm in the market for ultralight trekking poles...But, they cost a lot of money. The Alpkits mentioned earlier are really cheap, but they weigh 215g each, so I do not consider them ultralight (They would have to be under 200g for that).
I found out today that Jumper Home, the maker of my ultralight Mountain House 1.5P DCF tent, makes ultralight carbon trekking poles too and in two versions. Both have a max length of 145cm, which makes them very attractive to me as I need a pole that extends to at least 140cm.
He calls them "Feather Poles".
The normal feather pole can handle a 100kg down load (full body weigh plus pack weight) and weighs 145g per pole.
The "enhanced" heavy duty version weighs 155g per pole.
They can be fully extended from minimum length to maximum length in as little as 3 seconds (as he shows in a video).
Their minimum length is 60cm, which is pretty compact for such long poles. The Alpkits have a minimum length of 67cm.
The pair of enhanced feather poles (the ones I would need to go for due to my weight) cost about £113 in UK money, with free delivery...Which actually makes them a bargain.
However, there is another solution that would only be about 30g-50g heavier than the feather poles, but about 100-120g lighter than than the Alpkits, not that much more expensive than the Alpkits, with a minimum length of only 58cm, and offering Alloy pole reliability...A pair of Fizan Compact Trekking Poles (which are currently a top pick at UOG, and a pole extension.
Despite being alloy three section poles, the Fizans only weigh 170g each, which is definitely still ultralight, and they cost £69.99 each. I've never had Carbon poles before, and to honest I have heard so many scare stories about them snapping/breaking, I would rather have ultralight alloy poles that are relatively cheap than expensive but potentially unreliable Carbon poles. I have a feeling most of you would agree.
A pole extension (I made one from 16cm of 20cm PVC conduit and a rounded end cap) weighs about 25g...A Carbon fibre version is half that, but a lot more expensive, so a Fizan with a 100mm extension (142cm max length) would still weigh under 200g.
I am open to other sensible suggestions, as long as they are under 180g per pole and inexpensive.
Update: Rohan says the Fizans only weigh 158g each! (not sure about that, but it would be great if they are)...And they are doing them for only £32 each!
Lightweight, compact and extremely durable – the Fizan Compact Walking Pole is a perfect companion for your next trek and performs even better when used as a pair.www.rohan.co.uk