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[Updated July 24, 2017]
Hi Everyone - we are running this drop every day, and shipping within 3 business days of your order. We listened to all of your comments about wanting these poles for an upcoming adventure. We are excited to offer this new process so that you can join at any time and receive your poles quickly, especially during peak backpacking season. Please help spread the word about these great poles!

Thanks,
-Danny

Original post below:

Greetings Outdoor Adventurers,

The original Fizan Compact Trekking Poles have been a favorite here on Massdrop every since we started selling them. They have the strongest twist-lock mechanisms, and are one of the lightest collapsible and adjustable poles in the world, at a fraction of the price of the nearest competitors.

We have taken the comments and reviews from the thousands of members who bought the original poles, and working with Fizan over the last year to come up with this Massdrop exclusive. The new Compact poles sport a reshaped grip, a soft, smooth strap, a burlier grippier hiking tip cover, and a third set of larger baskets that will be useful in snow or sand.

I used to think trekking poles were unnecessary and even dorky, but that was when I was first getting into backpacking as a college student. One winter I went on a particularly treacherous 3-day trip along the California coast, where we hit rain, hail, swollen river crossings, and numerous steep up and downs. The poles saved that trip and I became a convert. I now recommend poles for most people, regardless of how often or hard you hike, or how much you carry. It helps you going uphill, saves your knees on the downhill, stabilizes you on rocks and river crossings, and can help you avoid injury from falling. I find that it helps me keep a nice pace, regardless of speed. And for many of us, poles are useful for serving double-duty as part of our shelter structure.

I'm really excited about these poles because we're talking the most affordable, reliable ultralight poles and making them better, based on your feedback. Please read more about the history and development of this new generation of poles:
https://www.massdrop.com/talk/1797/upcoming-massdrop-x-fizan-collaboration

REVIEWS:
Dan Durston at Into Cascadia https://intocascadia.com/2017/10/14/review-massdrop-x-fizan-compact-poles/

Dave at Engearment http://engearment.com/backpacking/massdrop-fizan-compact-poles/

Danielle at The Trek https://thetrek.co/appalachian-trail/gear-review-massdrop-x-fizan-compact-trekking-poles/

Kenneth Shaw at Ultralightandcomfortable https://ultralightandcomfortable.com/2017/06/02/gear-review-fizan-trekking-poles/

And here's the 2011 BPL review for the original Compact 3: https://backpackinglight.com/fizan_compact_poles_review/
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Interesting although the total winds up the same, lol.

Unit weights do vary unit to unit, so that may also be at play. Interesting that they're off by 2 grams though. I would have been less surprised by a difference of 1 g.

HJ
DannyMilks
These are excellent. I hope another drop is planned, because I'd like to buy another pair for my girlfriend.
When will compact 3 be back in stock?
when will the 3 be available again?
Is the Compact 3 coming back in stock soon?
tomhu
Inquiring minds want to know! I'm also holding off on ordering pending the return of the Compact 3.
When will the compact 3 be back in stock?
Sadly, one of mine just bent badly, and no amount of effort could get it back straight enough to let it telescope again:(

I don't suppose theres any sort of warranty?
Are the compact 3 going to be back in stock?
Wonderful poles. Really enjoying the lightweight strength
Here are some small changes to make them even better...
- the individual sections should have a warning/caution/"look out" ring printed around the last possible length so you don't accidentally pull them apart. (there is a small area printed on one side but it is usually on the area facing away from me :) )
- when I'm really pushing it, the poles can get a little noisy (small gap between the pole sections). This isn't a real problem but tighter tolerances or an insert would fix this
- a foam extension further down the handle would be a welcome addition and not increase weight that much. An additional foam extension that could be attached later would be interesting too.
Thank you
Interested in some trekking poles with Cork handles.
I have the x Fizan Compact 4 in red and black. I have used them several days of hiking now and I like them a lot. Very light weight.
I'm looking at getting these as my first set of poles. It seems most folks are talking about the 3-section pole rather than the 4.

I'm 5'7" so I don't know that length is a concern for me. My primary uses will be for (all occasional and not hardcore) day hiking in rocky areas (bad knees), snowshoeing, and as a wading staff when fly fishing.

- Are there concerns about the C-4? I would be occasionally flying with them so a little easier to get in a carry-on or luggage is nice, but I can see the downside of a third joint is one more opportunity for gear wear and failure.
- Any comments on how helpful they might be as a wading staff? Are they helpful on wet/submerged/slippery rocks?
I would love to see a future version of this pole with a cork grip similar to what Fizan uses on the Excursion poles.
CurtR
What do you like about the Excursion vs this grip, aside from the material?
Can anyone (Massdrop?) tell me whether the EVA foam used in the grips is formamide-free ? (I'll buy them immediately if so.)
MrBobLoblaw
Sorry for the delay! Just received from Fizan: Formamide results are 40PPM = 0.004%. I am told this is the lowest possible value.
kim.suarez
Great, thank you so much for the response!
There is a company that makes similar poles that somehow have some "give" at the bottom of the poles, so you have to push DOWN and then release the pole, thus working your arm muscles more than you would with just a plain pole. Does this version have the spring at the bottom, or do you have a version that DOES have that spring? I can give you a url, if you would like to see what I am talking about. Thank you.
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https://www.thegrommet.com/bungypump-fitness-walking-poles

This is what interested me. I think they might help this couch potato and give me a workout. Can you get something like this?

FYI - I think I found a website for them, and found that they had more types, and a good sale going on for some of the types. That's been a while ago now, so I don't know if the sale is still going on.
Can you get anything like the link below (bungypump-fitness-walking-poles)? NO RUSH.

Please and thank you.

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