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The Glen Coe Skyline, or… oh go on then let's head to the Alps, or to warmer climes to tackle the Transvulcania. When you start to dream big, the sky’s the limit for where the Marathon Ultra can take you…
Marathon Ultra combines the conveniently small packed size of the Compact Ultra with light and strong carbon fibre construction. The result weighs 205 grams, folds down to 37 cm, and is the perfect pole for fell running or fast and light hiking when weight, adaptability, and a small packed size are top priority.
Marathon Ultra’s 3 section foldable construction makes it not only super packable (at a stubby 37 cm) but extremely adjustable – ideal for when the terrain demands adaptability. Assembly requires no more than pulling out the top section and letting the tension wires do the rest, a snap lock widget below the handle lets you adjust easily when contouring.
The EVA handle is grippy and comfy, absorbing shock and vibrations to prevent injury and discomfort on longer runs. An extended non-slip grip below the handle lets you lower your grip to quickly adapt to the terrain or gradient when it doesn’t quite call for you to adjust your poles.
Marathon Ultra features a grippy and durable tungsten tip to help you get purchase on rocky ground, we also send you a rubber tip cover and trekking basket so that you can change your setup according to the terrain.
- Compact and light carbon fibre trekking pole for moving fast, lighter, and further
- Folds down into 3 sections for a compact pack size
- Carbon fibre construction for excellent strength-to-weight ratio
- Quick and simple assembly with tensioning wires
- Easy to adjust using Snaplock widget
- Extended handle for adaptability on demanding terrains
- 3 Year Alpine Bond
Weight (each): 205 g
Extension range: 110 – 130 cm
Pole: Carbon fibre
Grip: EVA foam
Product Care Information
After use (especially on muddy or wet terrain), take your poles apart and wipe down each section. Allow to dry completely before reassembly.
Apply WD40 to the brass locking pin after use to prevent seizing or corrosion.
What You Say: Customer Reviews and Comments
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Lulworth Ultra Marathon
Used these poles for the first time at Lulworth Ultra Marathon and can't fault them.
The hills were brutal and I absolutely abused these for 9 hours and they stood up and coped with me practically holding myself up on them for the downhill sections
Excellent lightweight poles (and customer service)
I originally bought the carbonlite twins and hadn't taken them out of the box before the marathon ultras were released, which were exactly what I was looking for. As always, the Alpkit customer service was fantastic and exchanging them was no problem.
The poles have been fantastic on a recent trip to the Alps. You don't notice them at all when they are folded up and packed away, they are quick and easy to set up and adjust, and bombproof once locked in place (including the wrist straps).
They worked equally well trekking over rough ground with a 40L pack and running on narrow paths.
Broke within the year!
Bought these as an upgrade from the older model of the aluminium ones. Lightweight and worked well. Grip and handle much better than the skinny cork style ones on the older aluminium model. Still has a few issues with give in the joints once locked in. Within less than a year one snapped at the lower leg, the other broke at the metal joint that connects the upper sections. Also, the small metal rings that protect the ends of the carbon where the poles fit into each other came loose and this caused the locking pin to push into and chip chunks out of the lower shafts.
Overall, poor quality manufacturing and not fit for purpose. Disappointed.
Lightweight, but not a good fit in the hand
I had a pair of Black Diamond Carbon Z poles. After almost 5,000 kmI damaged one of the ferrules - and that was it.
I decided to try the Cabin Marathon Ultra Twins as a British offering. I have now used them for approximately 200 km (A couple of hikes in California and 110km of the Camino Inglés in Spain).
They are lightweight, although slightly heavier than the BD equivalent, but have a fine tuning length adjuster which BD do not have.
My problem is that whereas the BD's were always comfortable in my hands, these simply are not. I do see how they handgrip conforms to anyone individual's hand shape. It leads to it feeling uncomfortable, which, as my pilgrimages last for up to 112 days (Scotland to Rome), is something I need to fix. I think I need to return to the BD Z poles unless there are any suggestions from Aplkit.