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Mountainsmith Dolomite 7075 OLS Review

This single-pole option is great for newer users who are curious about the benefits of a trekking pole and who don't want to break the bank
Mountainsmith Dolomite 7075 OLS
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Price:  $30 List | Check Price at REI
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Pros:  Inexpensive, highly adjustable, durable
Cons:  Heavy, not versatile, doesn't pack small
Manufacturer:   Mountainsmith
By Jeff Dobronyi ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 25, 2021
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  • Comfort - 20% 5
  • Weight - 20% 5
  • Locking and Adjustability - 15% 9
  • Packed Size - 15% 5
  • Durability - 15% 8
  • Versatility - 15% 3

Our Verdict

The Mountainsmith Dolomite 7075 OLS is a solid, single trekking pole at an unbeatable price. It features three shaft sections made from strong aluminum, which lock into place securely with aluminum levers and tightening dials. However, it is on the heavier side, it doesn't pack down as small as other poles on the market, and it lacks the versatility of other poles that are sold in pairs. For hikers and backpackers who use only one pole and don't want to spend much money, this pole is a great choice. But others who demand more from their trekking poles should look elsewhere.

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Pros Inexpensive, highly adjustable, durableComfortable grip, locks securely, packs small, highly versatileLightweight, short collapsed length, surprisingly durableDurable, comfortable grip, packs smallMedium weight, versatile, inexpensive
Cons Heavy, not versatile, doesn't pack smallCarbon is less durable than aluminum, on the expensive sideNo length adjustability, average grip comfortHeavy, less versatile due to weightBulky quick lock levers
Bottom Line This single-pole option is great for newer users who are curious about the benefits of a trekking pole and who don't want to break the bankA simple, elegant, and well-built trekking pole with versatility for all usesDurable with a short collapsed length, this is a fantastic value for a lightweight poleA highly affordable pair of poles with all of the features of more expensive modelsA good pole for entry-level users with some great features at an excellent price
Rating Categories Dolomite 7075 OLS MSR DynaLock Ascent... Black Diamond Dista... Trekology Trek-Z Carbon Fiber Quick...
Comfort (20%)
5.0
9.0
6.0
8.0
7.0
Weight (20%)
5.0
8.0
9.0
4.0
6.0
Locking And Adjustability (15%)
9.0
9.0
3.0
7.0
7.0
Packed Size (15%)
5.0
9.0
10.0
8.0
4.0
Durability (15%)
8.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
Versatility (15%)
3.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
7.0
Specs Dolomite 7075 OLS MSR DynaLock Ascent... Black Diamond Dista... Trekology Trek-Z Carbon Fiber Quick...
Measured Weight Per Pair (ounces) 9.5 oz 17.0 oz 12.5 oz 26.0 oz 16.0 oz
Shaft Material 7075 aluminum Carbon fiber Aluminum Aluminum Carbon
Collapsed Length (inches) 24 in 14.25 in 13/14/16/17 in 15 in 26 in
Max Length (inches) 54 in 47 in 39/43/47/51 in 47 in 53 in
Pole Design Collapsible Collapsible Foldable Foldable Collapsible
Grip Material Cork Rubber / Plastic / Foam EVA foam Foam Cork
Locking Mechanism External lever lock DynaLock Speed Cone Deployment Lever lock Quick Lock
Baskets? Tip Attachments? Yes, winter and summer baskets Yes, winter and summer baskets Yes, rubber and carbide tips Yes, powder and trail baskets, boots, and narrow tips Boots, mud baskets, snow baskets and small tips
Size Tested One size 100-120 cm 110 cm 100-120 cm One size

Our Analysis and Test Results

Unique to our review, the Mountainsmith Dolomite is sold as a single pole and excels in simple hiking terrain.

Performance Comparison


The Mountainsmith Dolomite is best suited for on-trail use.
The Mountainsmith Dolomite is best suited for on-trail use.
Photo: Jeff Dobronyi

Comfort


While most products in this category have moved towards foam grips, the Dolomite features a cork grip that molds to the user's hand over time. Unfortunately, our test model had a relatively abrasive feel to the cork. The grip contour is comfortable and the rounded top of the handle is pleasant to push down upon, but the secondary grip tapers from top to bottom in a way that is uncomfortable to hold. Overall, this pole is not as comfortable as most other products in the category.

The Mountainsmith Dolomite's cork grip and silky wrist strap are...
The Mountainsmith Dolomite's cork grip and silky wrist strap are relatively comfortable.
Photo: Jeff Dobronyi

Weight


At 9.5 ounces for a single pole, the Dolomite is relatively heavy compared to other trekking poles on the market. It features thick aluminum shaft components, which make the pole feel heavy and slow to swing forward. Newer users and hikers out for short day-hikes won't feel the weight, but seasoned users immediately notice the heavy overall weight and clunky feel of this heavy pole. If weight is a consideration at all, or if you'll be swinging this pole on the trail for long distances and multiple days in a row, the weight will likely become an issue.

The Dolomite is made from aluminum, which is heavier and more...
The Dolomite is made from aluminum, which is heavier and more durable than carbon.
Photo: Jeff Dobronyi

Locking and Adjustability


The Dolomite features two aluminum lever locks that snap securely into place and prevent any length changes during use. The levers are tightened or loosened with small metal dials, which are easy to operate and don't require a special tool for adjustments. The pole extends from 24 to 54 inches, for a generous 30 inches of length adjustment capacity. We were impressed by the Dolomite's performance in this category.

The aluminum lever locks on the Dolomite are made from sturdy...
The aluminum lever locks on the Dolomite are made from sturdy aluminum and can be tightened by hand in the field.
Photo: Jeff Dobronyi

Packed Size


As with most three-section collapsible pole designs, the Dolomite does not pack down to a small size. The smallest collapsed length of the pole is 24 inches, which is too long to fit cleanly onto the outside of a backpack, and it will unlikely fit inside. The pole also takes up more room in luggage if traveling is required to get you to the trail. More and more trekking poles are moving towards a foldable design while still allowing 8 inches of length adjustment, and this pole bucks the trend. Most users don't need more than 8 inches of length adjustment, however, and the large minimum packed size is a hefty price to pay for so much length adjustment.

The Dolomite (top) does not pack down nearly as small as most...
The Dolomite (top) does not pack down nearly as small as most foldable poles on the market.
Photo: Jeff Dobronyi

Durability


Built from sturdy aluminum, we have little doubt that the Dolomite will last a long time. The shafts feel thick and solid, and the aluminum lever locks are confidence-inspiring. We wouldn't hesitate to bring this pole with us to the ends of the earth on treks through rugged and rocky terrain or to use it to cross creeks with a heavy pack. We did not run into any issues during our testing period.

All shaft sections of the Dolomite are constructed with aluminum...
All shaft sections of the Dolomite are constructed with aluminum, which bends instead of snapping and doesn't chip as easily as carbon.
Photo: Jeff Dobronyi

Versatility


The main drawback to this product is its lack of versatility. Sold as a single pole, this product doesn't perform well on terrain where two poles are useful, like balancing across tricky creek crossings, wading rivers, crossing rugged boulder fields, and winter snowshoeing or backcountry skiing. Its weight and large packed size also make it unsuitable for carrying on alpine climbs or scrambles. This product is best used on established hiking trails for trips shorter than a day or two and where the pace will be relaxed.

The Mountainsmith Dolomite comes with a removable basket that is...
The Mountainsmith Dolomite comes with a removable basket that is large enough to provide floatation in summer snow, and small enough to stay out of the way on dry trails.
Photo: Jeff Dobronyi

Value


The Dolomite provides the performance of more expensive poles in an affordable package, albeit for just one-half of the standard "pair." For advanced users who demand two poles and higher performance, this pole won't seem like a good value, but for new hikers or anyone who wants to try a trekking pole to see what all the fuss is about, this product is an affordable and reasonable option. And, to be fair, you can always buy two.

Conclusion


If you are going to be hiking on established trails at relaxed paces, and aren't sure if you need two trekking poles, the Dolomite is an affordable way to add efficiency to your hiking. But, if you are an experienced hiker who is looking for poles that will up your game, look elsewhere.

The Mountainsmith Dolomite in action on the trail in Colorado.
The Mountainsmith Dolomite in action on the trail in Colorado.
Photo: Jeff Dobronyi

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