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  1. #21
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    Jul 2016
    Quote Originally Posted by Mark G View Post
    On the other hand they are an absolute nuisance when you need to navigate, eat, or kit faff. And I only really find mine helpful during non runnable climbs, they don't help much descending and are just dead weight on the flat.
    The bottom line though is that people might be forced to give up long races earlier than they otherwise would - whether that's 65 instead of 70 or whatever, and that's a shame.
    Seconded, on the last point.

    I think Most of the field use them on such as TMB
    And ultra trail runners have found ways to dismantle them into a quiver so not the incumbrance they might seem. I disagree on descents, that is where they help.
    Last edited by Oracle; 15-02-2020 at 08:48 PM.

  2. #22
    Senior Member Jezzlar's Avatar
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    Mar 2013
    Quote Originally Posted by BritNick View Post
    Another time (possibly also on a UTMB race) I recall someone get their pole trapped in a narrow crack in the rock and snap the end off as he continued forward.
    I was in a 'conga' during the Spine this year heading to Snake Pass when the chap infront got his pole stuck between the flag stones. I was a little too close and ended up with the top of his pole - with hand attached - in my nether regions. Poor bloke.

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