How to Select Trekking Poles

How to Select Trekking Poles
While they make look like ski poles, trekking poles have a number of uses and features that make them especially useful to hikers. Picking out a trekking pole that is right for you can ease your journey on long trails and take a little of the load off your knees. There are a number of metrics by which to judge a trekking pole, leaving the final decision to what works best for you.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Measuring tape Hiking shoes Trekking pole Backpack
  • Measuring tape
  • Hiking shoes
  • Trekking pole
  • Backpack
Step 1
Measure your appropriate trekking pole height. Stick your hands out straight from your body, at a ninety degree angle, and have a friend use a measuring tape to determine the distance between your palms and the ground. Make sure to wear your hiking boots during this procedure in order to have a sense of the appropriate height for field use.
Step 2
Find a pole with your trekking pole height in the middle of its range. Most trekking poles today are adjustable, able to telescope in both directions. Make sure that the one you pick will give you some leeway to add height or shorten your trekking pole.
Step 3
Collapse the trekking poles and try them out in your backpack. Knowing that your trekking poles will stow when used with your equipment is one of the most important criterion for making a purchase.
Step 4
Decide whether you want spring suspension. Many trekking poles have spring-loaded tips designed to absorb a little more impact. These are better for people with bad knees but may be annoying to those looking for stiff support.
Step 5
Set your budget in advance in order to determine how light a pole you can afford. As prices rise, weight drops; you'll want to plan your purchase based upon the lightest pole that you can afford while still meeting the criteria from other steps.

Article Written By Louie Doverspike

Based in Seattle, Louie Doverspike has been a professional writer since 2004. His work has appeared in various publications, including "AntiqueWeek" magazine, the "Prague Post" and "Seattle Represent!" Doverspike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College.

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