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Choosing your perfect walking pole

A good walking pole will help give you momentum going uphill, and keep you balanced coming down. They also offer significant reduction in stress on the joints, knees, hips and lower back, especially when carrying a heavy pack. On very steep, or slippery, surfaces, poles give you extra points of contact with the ground, for better balance. Using one pole will help keep you balance, and is lighter to carry, but to get the full benefit of using poles it is always recommended to use two.

Read on to find out which is right for you.

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    The obvious point here is that the lighter the pole the less toll it will take over the course of a hike. When you’re lifting your arm thousands of times a day, even a slight difference in weight can impact your endurance. We've stripped back our hiking poles, shedding all unnecessary weight, leaving you with only the features you need. However, there are still variances between poles, with the materials used and features all adding different weights.

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    Choosing the material

    Our walking poles are made with 6061 aircraft aluminium for durability. Carbon fibre poles are lighter and stiffer for equivalent strength, however lose a lot of the flexibility that helps aluminium shafts protect from the bumps and jolts of the trail. Unlike carbon fibre, aluminium poles will bend before breaking, meaning they can be put under more stress.

    At the tip of the pole, we use either Tungsten Carbide or Steel to provide more traction on surfaces they can “bite” into (including ice). Of these, Tungsten is harder and will stay sharper for longer. Rubber Ferrules will protect your tips and extend their life, as well as protect your gear when storing your poles in your pack. Rubber tips are also useful when walking in sensitive areas to reduce impact on the ground.

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    Which Lock

    We have three different types of locking mechanism across our trekking pole range: lever locks, twist locks and fold locks. 

    Twist locks use a double locking twist mechanism at each section of the pole to provide a quick and easy means of adjusting the height of your pole. They have a lower profile on the outer pole than lever locks.

    External Lever (Trigger) locks, although bulkier, offer a more secure locking mechanism that is easier to use by those with less dexterity in their fingers, or when wearing gloves. 

    Fold lock poles are ideal for travel as they collapse down more easily. These poles fold down (like tent poles) to a more compact size, making them more easily stored in packs, suitcases or duffles.

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    Hiker Shock Pole

    A great beginner pole, the ergonomic Hiker Shock has a multi-grip handle for easy adjustment in the face of changing terrain, double-locking twist mechanism and on/off anti-shock system for comfort on longer walks.

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    Wanderer Lock Pole 

    Ideal for older walkers, this walking pole has a traditional walking stick handle with multi-position grip, as well as rubber ferrules to protect the tip during everyday use walking on road surfaces and lever locks for  fingers with reduced dexterity.

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    Fold Lock Pole

    Best for adventure travel, or when not using your pole for long periods. The Fold Lock has five aluminium sections connected with a fold lock, allowing this walking pole to collapse down more significantly to be stowed away in your pack or luggage when not needed.