How to Choose the Best Walking Poles for you.
So you know the benefits of using trekking and walking poles, but which poles will be best suited to your needs?
3 main pionts to consider when buying trekking poles:
- What type of walking and teraain they will be used for ?
- How much can you spend on a good pair?
- What features do you require from your poles?
Walking and trekking pole differ on features including weight, how light your poles need to be?; the number of sections in the pole, compactability, with antishock or without?; the type of pole adjustment mechanism;
Other features you may also consider are the handle grips and materails.
We’ll take a look at these feature options.
What type of walking and terain they will be used for?
Rugged moutains, steep up and down or rambling tracks.
How light do you need them to be?
Lighter is genarally better than heavier, especially when you consider you’ll be lifint your pole constantly througoht your day.
The number of Sections your pole have
Three section poles are hight adjustable, thery are compact when they are packed down and still strong for what most people buy them for e.g. hiking, trekking, backpacking, mountaineering and climbing. Most peole anc fit these on there rucsack for carrying.
4 section poles compact down smaller, they may fir inside your rucsakc, suit case or on the outside of small rucksacks. They could be slightly heavter with the extra joint.
The number of pole section affects there packability,
Do you want anti-shock or non anti-shock?
Anti -shock can help lessen the strass on you jionts? is this a concern for you? If you feel you eant that exra bit of ‘give’ try anti-shock. If you like the posistve fell of placing a ploe with no ‘give’ try non-anti shock. Is really is a persanl thing.
The pole adjustment mechanism
This is the mechanisme that locks the and adjustd the sections. Traditioanally poles have had interanl ‘twist- lock mechanidn, thes are proven in strnght and relabiliy.
Externasl locking mechaisms such as the Leki Speed lock use a lever lock action, thes are simple to adjust and lock, they do tend to add weight and bulk to the pole shaft, so consider each type of pole casrefully.
These are your main consideration when selecting walking polestype of pole casrefully. Other considerstions:
Handle grips generally made of supper some rubber sofet than others. soft hand grip rubber to absorb the shock. There are also foam grips eg Leki Termolite, whic are softer and feel warmer to touch, yet are less sweaty. Cork grips ……
Trekking pole materials
Most poles are either aluminum or carbon fibre. Aluminium is comparatively heavier, but it can take the knocks better than carbon. Carbon is lighter and stiffer its strong but can’t take the impacts like aluminiium. Carbon poles are the lightest you can get.
Classic Trekking Poles: If you are a regular to fairly regular weekend hiker or trekker the most popular poles are 3 section adjustable poles, which are durable yet still light, no non-sense extra bell or whistles for a good price.
Consider the Leki Trail Poles you can choose Leki Trail with antisnock or Leki TraIL with out, and the Mountain king Super Tekker Compact.
Premium Trekking Poles: If you are walking rugged terain carring heavy backpacks or spending long days in the hills consider these light yet strong poles with expedition strength shafts and perhaps some with smooth anti-shock mechanisms. The perfect choice for big hill walkers and trekkers.
To get the most benefit you should use a pair of trekking poles rather than a single pole. Trekking poles are designed to be used in pairs providing balance, stability and shock absorption.
Walking sticks or monopoles such as the Leki Wanderfreund are better suited to less strenuous walks and rambles.
Interesting American video on trekking poles: