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Friday, 22 January 2010

The LuxuryLite “Carbon Big Stik” Walking Staff

Written by  Nick Atlas
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A major part of traveling is walking and hiking long distances over varied terrain. Traveling by foot is often essential to visit the most interesting sites; in such cases, a walking stick is often useful to increase balance and support. You could choose trekking poles or an old-school style wooden staff. However, the new Big Stik by Luxury Lite might just be the best option on the market today. The concept behind the Big Stik is to have all of the advantages of a full staff such as adjustable length and durability with added functionality including a camera mount on top for use as a monopod, a section with a sharp bit that can turn it into a spear for defense against an unruly animal, and a top bit for use as a shelter pole. For handling multiple terrains you are given two options, either a rubber tip or a snow-basket tip with a sharp metal point.

A major part of traveling is walking and hiking long distances over varied terrain. Traveling by foot is often essential to visit the most interesting sites; in such cases, a walking stick is often useful to increase balance and support. You could choose trekking poles or an old-school style wooden staff. However, the new Big Stik by Luxury Lite might just be the best option on the market today. The concept behind the Big Stik is to have all of the advantages of a full staff such as adjustable length and durability with added functionality including a camera mount on top for use as a monopod, a section with a sharp bit that can turn it into a spear for defense against an unruly animal, and a top bit for use as a shelter pole. For handling multiple terrains you are given two options, either a rubber tip or a snow-basket tip with a sharp metal point.

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What's in the Box?

LuxuryLite offers two options when purchasing a Big Stik, the “Travel/Trail” and the “Survival”. Each option includes two 19.5" sections, but the Travel/Trail set includes, a 14" aluminum tip, and a rubber top cap The Survival set , however, include an 8.5" aluminum tip, the needle Knife section, a hand strap, a camera screw mount, and a rubber cap. Individual sections can also be purchased separately.

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Construction

The Big Stik was designed by an aerospace engineer to combine light weight and high durability. The staff sections are made of carbon fiber tubing with aluminum interior joints that are held together by friction. The total weight of a 54" staff with needle knife attachment is an extremely light 9.2 ounces. The construction quality is solid and the joints fit together, so smoothly that when assembled, they’re almost invisible to the eye.

 

 

 

Usage

The Big Stik is comfortable to the hand and warms quickly due to the carbon fibers. It has enough friction to allow a good grip, but not enough to chafe. The thickness is comfortable to hold and the prussik knot provides excellent support.

The monopod attachment is easy to use, but the needle knife presented a bit of an issue. While I appreciate the inclusion of such an attachment, accessing the needle knife quickly is nearly impossible due to the fact that it’s actually placed inside the staff itself.  It would be a much more useful tool had it been designed as a screw-on option.

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