Trekking Poles

Trekking Poles

Black Diamond Contour Elliptic Shock Trekking Pole Indigo, Standard
Trekking Poles
– Finding the right length, size and adjustments for trekking poles is crucial to their functionality.

Set the length of the trekking poles so that your elbow is at a 90-degree angle.  This will provide the desired stability and balance for your hike.  The length of the trekking poles should also be adjusted based on the terrain you are hiking.  Shorten the trekking poles by a few inches when you are hiking uphill as this will increase load-bearing pressure and provide you with better leverage.  When you are hiking downhill, adjust the trekking poles so that it is a few inches longer to give you better balance and control.  If you are hiking on level ground, keep your forearms parallel to the ground when you’re holding the grips.

The grips should fit snugly for stability.  The feel and grasp of a hand grip is one of the most important aspects to be considered when choosing trekking poles . Materials like cork, rubber and foam are used for hand grips. T hey are built not only for comfort but also to resist sweat, decrease vibration and to insulate the hands from cold and shock.

The shaft material can vary and may include aluminum, titanium and carbon fiber.  Most prefer aluminum because of its durability and price.  Carbon fiber makes the trekking poles much lighter, but it is usually more expensive.  Trekking poles made from carbon fiber weigh between 13 and 18 ounces per pair, whereas aluminum poles, typically weigh between 18 and 22 ounces.  Titanium trekking poles are similar to aluminum ones in price and weight.  They are durable and stronger than carbon fiber, but they are heavier.  Choose the best material based on your hiking and budget needs.  If you prefer lighter poles and do not mind paying more, choose a carbon fiber shaft.  However, because carbon fiber poles are more vulnerable to breakage than aluminum and titanium, they are not ideal for rugged and difficult terrains.

Many trekking poles come with the option of an anti-shock feature.  If your hikes primarily consist of downhill terrains, anti-shock is a great feature for impact absorption.  The anti-shock system works internally.  Springs are put inside the pole to absorb extra shock and to provide cushioning when you are walking downhill.  Make sure to buy trekking poles with a turn-off feature because this mechanism works against uphill hikes.  Be aware that this feature may add to the weight and price of the trekking poles.

When you are carrying a heavy load, trekking poles are especially useful to distribute the weight and ease the stress on your knees and ankles.  You can also use them for protection against unexpected animal encounters in the wild.  Best of all, you can develop an enjoyable rhythmic coordination between your steps with the help of your trekking poles.


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