Komperdell C3 Carbon Power Lock Compact Trekking Pole Review

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Today we are looking at the Komperdell C3 Carbon Power Lock and C3 Carbon Power Lock Compact Trekking Poles. These are some of our favorites to walk with.  They are light, easy to adjust and feel very stable. The C3 Carbon Power Locks come in 2 flavors. A longer version and a compact version, thus the name. The only real difference between the two are their pole length, weight and pack size. The C3 Compact adjusts from 105cm to 120cm, while it’s bigger brother goes out to 145cm. The C3 Compact also takes up less room, packing down to 54cm vs 69cm.

Our advice is if have the option to go with the compact, get that one over the longer version. You will shave a little weight over it’s bigger brother, 210 grams per pole vs 224 grams per pole.

For those over 5’11”, you’re going to want to get the Komperdell C3 Carbon Power Lock instead, since the compact will probably be too small.

Komperdell C3 Carbon Power Lock Compact

Komperdell C3 Carbon Power Lock Compact Features

  • Expedition foam grip
  • Padded strap
  • 3-section:
    • upper section: carbon, Ø 18 mm
    • middle section: carbon, Ø 16 mm
    • lower section: Titanal .HF, Ø 14 mm
  • Power Lock 2.0 mechanism
  • vario Trekking basket
  • sizes: packed size: 54cm, max. length: 120cm
  • tungsten/carbide flex tip
  • weight: 210 grams per pole
  • 3 year repair service, free of charge

Komperdell C3 Carbon Power Lock Features

  • Expedition foam grip
  • Padded strap
  • 3-section:
    • upper section: carbon, Ø 18 mm
    • middle section: carbon, Ø 16 mm
    • lower section: Titanal .HF, Ø 14 mm
  • Power Lock 2.0 mechanism
  • vario Trekking basket
  • sizes: packed size: 69cm, max. length: 145cm
  • tungsten/carbide flex tip
  • weight: 224 grams per pole
  • 3 year repair service, free of charge

Komperdell C3 Carbon Power Lock Compact Handle

The C3 Compact adjusts from 105cm to 120cm.

Komperdell Carbon Expedition Vario 4 Compact Trekking Pole 5

The Expedition foam grip is super comfortable and the strap stays in place using a shim that slides into the handle.

Komperdell Carbon Expedition Vario 4 Compact Trekking Pole 4

The Carbon Power Locks have 2 adjustment/locking mechanisms.  Each lock has a tension screw that can be loosened or tightened, depending on preference.  The locks are flip locks, that flip open to adjust pole length or to collapse down for storage and flip back down to lock.  If you don’t have a screw driver, you can use a penny or dime to adjust the tension screw.

Overall Impression – Carbon C3 Power Locks

When we first saw the Carbon C3 Power Locks, we weren’t sure how they would perform.  After reviewing several other trekking poles, these weren’t as flashy or as stylish.  What C3, lack in looks, they make up in per performance.  Actually we are being a bit harsh on the looks side of things, because once we started using them, we actually liked the looks.

The C3s are super easy to setup with their Power Locks (flip locks).  All you need to do is adjust to the proper length, flip the locks back down and you’re ready to go.  We preferred the slightly less padded straps over the Carbon Expedition Vario 4 Compact’s straps.

When walking on roads the poles will accept Leki’s rubber tip protectors, which are the best out there right now.

When venturing off road, the tungsten/carbide flex tip work great.

The Power Locks seem to hold the poles exactly where you need them to.  We didn’t experience any issues with having to adjust the poles mid hike because of slippage.

The Carbon C3 Compacts were my go to trekking poles, well until my Step mom wanted a pair to try out.  She has never used trekking poles and had her choice of 8 different models.  She chose the Compacts because she said they felt the best.

For me the choice is pretty straight forward.  Since both and Kathleen are roughly 5’9″, the Compacts are the way to go.  If we were taller, we would probably need the longer version.

Check out Komperdell and the Carbon C3 Power Locks and the Carbon C3 Power Locks Compact.

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Tom Crandall

Totally into multi-sports including triathlon, swimming, cycling, running skating and movement in general. Love to trail run and hang outdoors.

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