We recently got a question sent to us from listener Rainer asking about Trekking Poles. Here was our response:
Well we certainly wouldn’t consider ourselves experts, but here’s our take on it.
I (Sonny) like the adjustable aspect. Some models twist and some use push buttons. Find the ones that adjust easily. When you go uphill you can make them short and then make them longer when you go down hill. It’ll make sense to you when you do. Of course don’t adjust on every little hill, just on large ones that go a long way.
Find grips you like. It’s the part that touches your body ALL day long, if you don’t like the grips, it can be miserable. Gloves are not a bad idea too.
I like poles that have shocks in them. Some other people do not. On mine you can “lock out” the shock effect so they become more like rigid poles. Nice.
I never use the rubber feet on my treking poles, but do have one on the single hiking stick (much like a staff). The trekking poles have
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