For most walkers, trekkers, hikers, backpackers, and snowshoers, walking, trekking and hiking poles are essential tools that help to support your weight as you move and can be used on all different kinds of terrain. The best part about using these poles is that you won't expend extra energy and they can actually make it easier for you to navigate the terrain. If you are looking for trekking, hiking or walking poles, here are some things that you should know to help you select the right poles for your trip. Read More
Trekking poles are extremely lightweight and are designed to be used in both warm and snow conditions. Trekking poles can successfully lower the amount of strain on your knees and leg muscles while improving your stability. With a sturdy grip, trekking poles ensure a secure hold so that you can easily operate them with minimal effort.
Most trekking poles are available with adjustable lengths so that they can provide stability on different terrain. When you are moving uphill, it is best to shorten your walking poles. When going downhill, the walking poles should be lengthened.
If weight is an absolute premium you should opt for ultra lightweight poles, which can make your trip easier. In fact, these poles have the unique advantage of less swing weight, so that it is easier and faster for you to move them. As you hike or trek for hours, you'll find that these type of poles leave you feeling considerably less fatigued. The trade off of such ultra light poles is that they are more prone to breakage.
Z-Poles are popular in mountain running competitions because they are so easy to pack and deploy and this can be done while you are in motion. Because of their short packed size they are also popular with travellers as they can be easily stowed in luggage until needed.
Some trekking poles are available with camera mounts or have the option to add a photo adapter. When you use this accessory to secure your camera, you can ensure that you take clear photos every time without the necessity to carry a tripod.
If you like to keep the weight off your knees as you walk and improve your stability, you should use trekking poles. Not sure which hiking poles you need? We’re here to help. Give us a call on 03 9600 0599 if you need assistance with selecting trekking poles.