Review of Hammers HP5 Anti-Shock Hiking Pole


In the world of hiking and walking poles, many brand names stand out as some of the best in the industry. One name that is casually mentioned but often forgotten, however, is the Hammers brand. Hammers is an interesting hiking pole name, because while they are not known for their high end hiking poles, they ARE known to create some of the best available low cost hiking poles; poles that are durable, functional, and will meet the needs of casual hikers. There are very few hiking poles that cost more than $30, while other brands (Leki, Komperdell) tend to range between $50-$100 per pole.

The Hammers HP5 Anti-Shock Hiking Pole is an example of an inexpensive pole that may not be as flashy as some of the other available hiking poles, but more than gets the job done and may be one of the best and most durable low cost hiking poles around.

Features of the Hammers HP5 Anti-Shock Hiking Pole

·        Very light weight design – 11 oz per pole.

·        Has telescopic sections that allow the pole to be adjusted from 29″ to 60″.

·        Comes with its own compass and thermometer.

·        Made with a very comfortable cork handle.

·        Equipped with a removable basket and a snow basket included.

·        Spring loaded anti-shock mechanism for reduced arm pressure.

Pros

While none of the features on the Hammers HP5 Anti-Shock Hiking Pole are “wow” worthy, they are all of good quality. The spring loaded anti-shock system is effective for the price, and the cork handle is one of the most comfortable available, especially among inexpensive models. The Hammers HP5 Anti-Shock Hiking Pole is also very adjustable, shrinking to as small as 73 cm (making it far more compact than other inexpensive models) while extending to over 140. The tips and baskets are very good, and the model is not known to breaking. The Hammers HP5 Anti-Shock Hiking Pole also comes in more sleek colors, such as bright blue.

Cons

The locking system of the Hammers HP5 Anti-Shock Hiking Pole is not as good as some of its main competitors, and the spring loaded anti-shock system is not as advanced as some of the other anti-shock systems out there. The pole also is prone to bending more than the expensive poles.

Overall Impressions

The Hammers brand scores with this pole when it comes to use by casual users. This pole should not be mistaken for a high quality hiking pole for hardcore trekkers and hikers. Instead, the Hammers HP5 Anti-Shock Hiking Pole is more of a quality pole for those that only hike casually but could use the additional support. The poles have a funky locking system that is not very pleasant to work with, but as of yet only the more expensive brands seem to have mastered the easy to use locking system, so this is to be expected. If you are a casual pole user and not an avid trekker, the Hammers HP5 Anti-Shock Hiking Pole is a more than acceptable choice for you. 

Hammers HP5 Anti-Shock Hiking Pole with Compass & Thermometer

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Features

  • Item Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Item model number: HP5

Description

HP5 is a perfect companion for your weekend hiking trips. It has a comfortable cork handle with nylon strap and a small EVA grip for use when the stick is folded. The telescopic stick is made of 3 strong aluminum alloy sections and can be adjusted to a desired height between 55" and 27 1/2". It...