The strap is simple, a piece of padded webbing that loosens or tightens by lifting the loop up, and opening up a tab at the back of the Aergon grip to unlock the strap position.What you will appreciate the most when traveling is how the lower shaft can be compressed by pushing in a push-pin beneath the Speed Lock that holds the 3-section lower shaft fully extended. Push it in, and then let the top section retract inside the carbon fiber upper shaft, allowing each tethered section to separate and fold up Z-style for a very short storage length. Perfect for splitboarders who want to stash their poles in their pack for shred mode, or simply storing almost anywhere you want.
To keep it working for a long time the cord holding the 3 sections together is Kevlar reinforced with a spring inside the lower section to add internal locking tension when fully extended. Long, plastic tipped, stainless steel connectors help to center and align each section and make assembly super easy with a single pull. The spring starts to engage before the lower shaft is fully extended, so you’ll need to pull with a bit of force to get the locking push-pin to be far enough out to lock.It comes with a decent sized basket, but you can get a bigger one for powder. My fave part of the baskets is how easily they come off when you want to use your pole as a probe. A simple tug on the end pulls the basket down from the locking ribs underneath, to a threaded section where the basket easily screws loose, or back tight when reinstalling it.
There are only a few bummers with this pole. The extra hardware to allow it to fold up so small prevents it from being an ultra-light pole. Nor is it light on your wallet. Those two things might be overlooked but for one niggling detail. The rounded shape of the Aergon® grip may be great to hold with your hand, but it’s worthless for hooking things and pulling them up, like climbing posts. All it would take to change that is a hard bit of a beak on the very tip, with a flat underside. You might overlook that, and I might too, but not for $200.
Micro Tour Stick Vario
Weight/pair: 1 lb., 2 oz.