Backpackers, snowshoers and trekkers use trekking sticks and trekking poles for their main equipment.
These are the steps to make sure you get the most from your trekking sticks and hiking sticks:
Types Of Trekking Poles
Trekking poles - These poles can be bought individually or in tandem. Some models come with internal springs that absorb shocks and reduce impact.
Also known as a hiking stick or a travel stick, the Hiking Stick can be used on flat terrain. Some sticks come with a camera mount that allows for the use of the Stick as a monopod.
Trekking Pole Length
The right-sized trekking pole can bend your elbows 90° when held close to the ground.
Trekking Pole Features
It all depends on how you intend to use the poles.
Many trekking sticks can be adjusted to improve stability on various terrains. When going uphill, you'll need to reduce the length and increase it for those who are going downhill.
Non-adjustable. Some trekking poles do not adjust in length.
Foldable - Foldable trekking poles can be folded into themselves to look more like tent poles than they do when they are folded in half like adjustable poles.
Shock-absorbing Poles: These poles are equipped with shock-absorbing springs that absorb shock as you walk downhill. For example, this feature can be turned off when you go uphill.
Standard poles weigh less than shock-absorbing poles and are therefore lighter.
Ultralight: Ultralight poles weigh less than one pound per pair.
Camera Mount - Many trekking sticks and hiking poles come with a camera mounting. You can use the pole both as a monopod and as a trekking pole.
Trekking Pole Shaft Materials
It is important to know the composition of the pole shaft, which determines its weight.
Aluminum: These poles are 18-22 ounces in weight and more financially viable. The gauge can range from 12-16mm. Although aluminum is susceptible to cracking under extreme stress, it is very unlikely that it will crack.
Composite: These poles are made entirely or partially from carbon. This is important if you plan to hike in remote or rugged areas.
Trekking Pole Grips
The grips on some poles and sticks can be ergonomic.
Grips materials can make a big difference in the feel of your poles.
Cork - It resists moisture and vibration and is best suited to your hand shape.
Foam - This foam absorbs sweat and is extremely softening.
Rubber - This rubber protects your fingers from vibration and shock. This rubber is ideal for cold-weather activities. However, it is not recommended for hot-weather hiking as it can cause blistering, chafe and sweaty hands.
Considerations for Other Trekking Poles
Wrist Straps - Hikers are likely to misuse their trekking pole wrist straps. You can place your hand through the base of the strap and pull down on it. This will support both your wrists, heels, and hands and allow you to let the grip go.
Use poles with your tent
Trekking poles for Tarps or lightweight tents are needed. Adjustable poles are best because they can be adjusted to suit your needs.