Mountainsmith presents their trekking pole line for 2010-2011 with the addition of the Trekker FX Monopod, a direct response to the company's increased presence in the camera bag market. In fact, poles and camera bags represent two of the company's fastest growing categories. Three trekking poles will continue for 2011 to complement Mountainsmith's line of backpack and day packs. All the poles help transfer weight from the legs to the arms, alleviating pressure from the knees and spine. This provides more power on steep technical ascents, provides stability over unstable terrain, and, for the biggest percentage of the hiking population, is simply an enjoyable way to go further with less stress and more enjoyment.
The construction differences in the four models are in the materials. The Carbonlite Pro is made of lightweight, high-tech carbon-wrapped 7075 aluminum with shock-absorbing molded cork grips and adjustable neoprene straps. The Trekker FX Monopod is designed with a molded EVA handle and grip. Heavy duty 7075 aluminum with comfortable dual-density rubber molded grips is used in the Pyrite 7075. The Rhyolite 6061 utilizes aircraft grade aluminum with comfortable rubber molded grips, very suitable for weekend use or where a lower price counts more than the lowest weight. The MSRP on the Trekker FX Monopad is $29. The trekking poles are priced at $69, $49 and $39, respectively.
The four models share some important key features. They all have three-section aluminum shafts with anti-shock absorption systems. Quick-twist locks make it easy to expand and contract the poles. Narrow-profile baskets can be quickly removed without tools. Carbide tips provide exceptional traction when hiking over slick rock and ice. Rubber covers on the trekking poles protect the tips during off-trail exploration. These poles also have adjustable wrist straps and ergonomically designed handles. .A removable handle cap on the Trekker FX Monopad reveals a Â¼-20 SAE threaded bolt, which is the standard for camera attachments.
Mountainsmith's commitment to innovation began in 1979 and continues to the present with a full line of active lifestyle products. The quality and comfort of all Mountainsmith productsâ€”technical backpacks, travel storage systems, luggage, camera bags, as well as the lumbar pack iconsâ€”set the standard for the worldwide outdoor marketplace. Mountainsmith manufactures, markets, and distributes an expanding group of products designed to meet the demands of travel on and off the trail, through airports, and anywhere that carrying-comfort is essential. Mountainsmith products are sold worldwide.