Grivel Gets Poles For 2009
New poles with an interesting external closure mechanism from the axe and crampon specialists.
Posted: 15 August 2008
Another hot snippet from the Kendal Outdoor Retail Show (KORS) is
that snowsport specialist Grivel is about to get into
poles in a big way.
Apparently the company recent bought a very large trekking pole
factory and, as of next spring 2009, will be selling a range of
characteristically yellow poles. What's really interesting about them
though, is that they use a new closure system which should give Black
Diamond and their established Flickloc mechanism pause for
Standard internal pole mechanisms can go horribly wrong in extreme
conditions, but the new Grivel clamp is completely external, very
simple and should be easy to use with gloved hands.
The poles come in two and three-section versions and in lighter,
thinner or thicker and heavier variants, depending on your
priorities. There's also a very neat super-lightweight pole that uses
short sections held together a bit like tent poles - see confusing
Interesting stuff and available from early next year. More at
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