1 Ultra-compact Trekking Pole MT500 - Black

8493720

FORCLAZ

Made for
Going hiking or trekking and need to carry your poles easily and be sure they’re built to last? This model is the most compact and sturdy in the range.
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Advantage
Ergonomic gripFoam handle, long 3D design. Long, soft knob. Soft wrist-strap.
AdjustableExternal lock. Precise, fast adjustment. From 110 to 130 cm. Folded: 36 cm
Weight275 g / pole
Compact design5-part folding pole. Collapsed length: 36 cm. Collapsed width: ~ 6 x 6 cm.
DurabilityAluminium 7075-T6. Gross tube diameter 20/18/16/16/16 mm. Tungsten tip
CompatibilitySupplied with: removable, replaceable summer basket + protective tip
Warranty2 Years
Technical Information

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How it was designed...
Fully designed and validated by our team at the foot of Mont Blanc, a team with enthusiastic and demanding trekkers, during legendary treks: Mont Blanc, Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Tenerife. The pole’s durability has also been tested by a 550 km mission test in the Canaries and the Pyrenees (GR10).
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Why have we worked hard on durability?
You trek to enjoy the calm of great expanses which sometimes takes you far from civilisation. You also carry your belongings for several days. Therefore, you need to rely on the resistance of your poles. So we have selected wider tubes in the highest-grade aluminium. We have secured the push-pin area with internal reinforcement. Compression test results (pressure on the pole axis) show that this model can therefore support 560 N (~56 kg) per pole.
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Why have we focused on compactness?
To get to your trek, you sometimes have to take transport. You also have to carry all your equipment in your bag. It’s therefore much more practical to have compact poles. Once collapsed, these poles fit in the side pocket of your trekking backpack.
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How did we design this handle?
We favoured EVA foam, a soft material, perfect for handling perspiration and resistant to tears. We added a long grip underneath the handle for a lower hold uphill and on sloping terrain. The knob is the most comfortable in the range with its long, rounded shape and soft material. It provides good grip from above. Finally, we designed the wrist-strap without extra thickness and few seams to avoid blisters.
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Tube details.
The lower tube has undergone special treatment called shot-blasting. This is a mechanical treatment to the surface that does not require anodising and is therefore less polluting. There is no effect on the pole’s resistance. It gives a granular appearance and the natural colour of the aluminium remains. The (inevitable) scratches will therefore be less visible. The other four tubes are still anodised as their sliding ability requires smooth surfaces.
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How to adjust your poles to the correct length?
Hold the poles with your arms bent at a right angle. To use the pole: firstly, extend the pole until the “click” of the push-pin. Refer to the instructions attached to the pole. To adjust the length: open the outer lever, slide the tube to the desired length and close the lever. Never go beyond the STOP line to avoid breaking the pole.
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Directions for use
These hiking poles are designed to help you balance, propel yourself and spread the effort between arms and legs. To increase safety, check your pole's locking mechanism by pressing down hard on it before you start and at regular intervals. If you notice that your pole tends to slide down, the locking mechanism turn ring needs adjusting. Open the lever and tighten the turn ring by a quarter or half turn. Do not attach to your backpack in stormy weather
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Care tips
Maintaining your poles properly enables you to maintain optimal function and increases their lifespan. After use, if water has got into the pole, take the parts apart and allow to dry. Clean any dust and mud with or without water using a soft brush or paintbrush. Once dry, you can reassemble the parts. We recommend that you do not try to oil or grease them.
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Why sell them individually?
Here at Decathlon, we have decided to sell our hiking/trekking poles individually. First because of how they’re used. Indeed, some people prefer to use just one pole. This meets their needs. Second, because if one of your poles breaks, you can buy just one pole rather than a pair.
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Accessories sold separately and adapted to this model
Hiking pole caps:ref. 8580865 Summer baskets : ref. 8503854 Winter baskets: ref. 8503857 Replacement tip:ref. 8577676
Information / Concept / Technology
Composition
Shaft : 100.0% Aluminium Handle : 100.0% Ethylene Vinyl Acetate

Test
Our field testers. As well as these laboratory tests, Théo, our test engineer, makes sure that each model also undergoes trials on standardised test terrain. They allow us to confirm comfort, ease of adjustment, vibrations, etc. Finally, durability is also checked with a 550 km durability test mission in the Canaries and Pyrenees (GR10).

Product test
To set our thresholds, we have measured the stresses on the poles in the most demanding situations. During the design stage, each model undergoes laboratory tests that reproduce these stresses (compression, bending in three places, etc.) until it breaks. We also test parts separately (tightening power, tearing, etc). Finally, these tests are regularly repeated during production to guarantee constant quality.

Stockage tips
Store the poles without tightening the adjustment system, to avoid stress and retain their tightening power. Store poles in a dry place.
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