Benefits of trekking poles – 5 great poles to consider!

trekking-walking-pole-grip-methodWhy use a trekking pole?

Walking or trekking poles are perhaps not an essential piece of the walkers kit but can be a really useful and relatively inexpensive asset to have.

So what are trekking poles for? Aiding stability and balance particularly across rough terrain make walking or trekking poles an invaluable tool. But which trekking poles are suitable for you?  

We don’t show you how to chose trekking poles but simply lay out some of the features plus pro’s and con’s so you can make your own mind up:  Here are five sets for you to consider:

image-pair-trekking-hiking-sticksIMAGE Anti-Shock Adjustable Aluminum Walking Poles (1 Pair)

  • Anti-shock on / off system
  • Telescopic poles (3-section)
  • Lightweight (approximately 12 ounces per pole)
  • Adjustable length from 27 inches to 54 inches (approximate)
  • Ergonomic plastic handle with a non-slip grip
  • Carbide tip for soft surfaces
  • Replaceable rubber ferrules for indoor surfaces, pavement, boardwalk, etc.
  • Highest strength 6061 aluminum with frosted effect
  • Twist lock mechanism
  • Adjustable wrist straps
  • Compactly fit inside backpack
  • Available in black only

Pros: Inexpensive; collapsible; easy to adjust; somewhat stable
Cons: Slightly heavy to hold

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sprtsrain-antishock-trekking-polesSportsrain Anti-Shock Walking Poles (1 Pair)

  • Anti-shock
  • Telescopic poles
  • Lightweight (approximately 11 ounces per pole)
  • Adjustable length from 25 inches to 54 inches (approximate)
  • Soft plastic grips
  • Durable tips for rough terrain and rubber feet for flat surfaces with snow disks for more delicate terrain (four spare tips included)
  • Durable lightweight aluminum
  • Each pole’s middle section has measurements for easy adjustment to preferred height
  • Twist lock mechanism
  • Wrist straps
  • Available in blue only

Pros: Lightweight; anti-shock; adjustable rod; anti-slip tips; wrist strap; inexpensive
Cons: Sometimes hard to adjust

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york-nordic-traveler-folding-trekking-polesYork Nordic Folding Walking Poles (1 Pair)

  • 3-Piece collapsible poles (fold to 15 inches)
  • Ultra lightweight (approximately 9 ounces per pole)
  • Adjustable length from 42 inches to 43 inches (approximate)
  • Foam cushion hiking style grip, as well as an ergonomic non-slip rubber grip on the top of the pole
  • Solid tungsten steel tip
  • Screw on “basket” for snow and sand walking
  • Detachable rubber feet for street walking
  • Sturdy aircraft grade 7075 aluminum
  • Flip locks
  • Adjustable wrist straps
  • Velcro holds poles together when collapsed
  • Nylon travel bag
  • Access to online training videos
  • 5-Year York Nordic warranty
  • Available in black only

Pros: Lightweight; comfortable grips; adjustable wrist straps; collapsible; sturdy; grips surface well; warranty
Cons: Snow baskets sometimes fall off if not screwed on tight enough

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BAFX-pair-trekking-polesBAFX Products Anti-Shock Walking Poles (1 Pair)

  • Anti-shock
  • Telescopic poles
  • Lightweight (approximately 12 ounces per pole)
  • Adjustable length from 25 inches to 53 inches (approximate)
  • Soft plastic grips
  • Durable tips for rough terrain and rubber feet for flat surfaces with snow disks for more delicate terrain (four spare tips included)
  • Durable lightweight aluminum
  • Each pole’s middle section has measurements for easy adjustment to preferred height
  • Twist lock mechanism
  • Adjustable wrist straps
  • 1-Year BAFX Products warranty (only valid when purchased from BAFX Products or authorized dealer with valid order number or receipt)
  • Available in black, royal blue, and silver

Pros: Collapsible; easy to extend; work well on rough terrain; come with extra tips; lightweight; sturdy
Cons: Snow disks are a little small for snow

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black-diamond-trail-back-trekking-polesBlack Diamond Ergonomic Cork Walking Poles (1 Pair)

  • Telescopic poles
  • Lightweight (approximately 9 ounces)
  • Adjustable length from 26 inches to 55 inches (approximate)
  • Ergonomic natural cork grip deters sweat
  • Non-slip foam grip extension
  • 15-Degree corrective angle for optimal grip position
  • Carbide tech tips with low-profile trekking baskets and powder baskets
  • Durable lightweight aluminum
  • Double Flick Locks
  • Wrist straps
  • Available in black / red only

Pros: Flick Lock mechanism; comfortable cork handles; carbide tips grip surfaces well; easy to adjust


Cons: Tips wear out a little faster

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So, you’ve done the research — you’re now familiar with walking poles and are well aware of the many different types that are available. The poles that you choose to start out with are all up to you. It’s a matter of personal preference, depending on what type of poles work specifically for you. Keep in mind that just because some of the walking poles on the market have higher price tags doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re of higher quality than those that are less expensive. It all comes down to what works for you and after using trekking poles you will never regret buying them.

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