The hiking pole industry has a lot of big names. Black Diamond, Leki, Hammer these are all brands that are well known amongst hardcore trekkers. With that brand name, however, comes additional cost because these brands know that people will choose their poles, since they have such a large market share. For some people, a high priced hiking pole is not what they are looking for especially those that are looking to try out hiking poles for the first time.
For those people that want to buy a hiking pole but aren’t sure if they are going to use it, they will want a lower cost hiking pole that can meet enough of their functionality needs to get the job done. One such example is the Kaito BT409 Anti-Shock Hiking Pole. The Kaito BT409 Anti-Shock Hiking Pole is very low cost (a single pole can be found for as low as $17, and it has many of the features that people need from their poles including a few extras.
Features of the Kaito BT409 Anti-Shock Hiking Pole
· 3 section extendable hiking pole for uphill, downhill, and level ground.
· Very lightweight design for easy travel.
· Effective anti-shock system for reducing arm pressure.
· Ergonomic foam grip with plastic handle.
· Equipped with a 90 degree rotatable flashlight in the handle.
· Waterproof carbide tip.
· Comes with both a thermometer and compass attached to wrist strap.
Interestingly, as far as the number of features goes, the Kaito BT409 Anti-Shock Hiking Pole actually has MORE features than comparable name brand models. Flashlights, compasses, etc. are not found on many of the expensive brand models. For those that believe in the importance of a flashlight on their hiking pole, for example, the Kaito may be one of your only options. And since the hiking pole is still adjustable, it provides you with the support you need for both up and down hill.
The plastic grip is not going to be nearly as comfortable as the foam and cork grips found on many of the other hiking pole manufacturers. It is also not made from as strong or light a material as some of the other poles, and the locking mechanism is iffy at best. The pole isnt prone to breaking, but it is certainly not as durable as the more expensive poles.
Also, Kaito is an electronics corporation, so their strength should be in the flashlight, but the flashlight can be difficult to turn on and off.
Having a flashlight, compass and thermometer on the pole is a neat little addition that serves greater functionality to those making an outdoor trip. Most regular hikers and trekkers do not use those types of frills, but for the casual hiker they can be quite fun, and certainly are a good safety feature for those not bringing a flashlight of their own. The Kaito BT409 Anti-Shock Hiking Pole is not a professional hiking pole, but it is not meant to be, and for an inexpensive pole it is quite effective.