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Re: Walking Poles

PostPosted: Thu 05 Aug, 2021 3:44 pm
by crollsurf
I bought a pair when recovering from a knee injury not so long ago. Didn't think much of them before but I really like walking with poles now.

Knees a lot better so don't bother day walking with them but always use them backpacking. Even on the flat they give you an extra kick. I thought my arms would get tired but not a problem. Balance is another area they help and save you energy, especially later in the day when you are feeling tired.

I never adjust mine except when setting up with my tent. Have them set at 125cm. If the track is narrow, I carry them in my hands. Rock scrambling they are a hindrance but overall, I think I can walk further with less effort using poles.

Re: Walking Poles

PostPosted: Thu 05 Aug, 2021 9:07 pm
by Orion
crollsurf wrote:I thought my arms would get [tired] but not a problem.

For a long time I only used one pole. Then I took two mismatched ones on a trip where I was walking 10-12 hours non-stop each day and I really noticed the difference in the two poles. The one that was slightly heavier fatigued that arm more. It's worth getting light poles I think.


crollsurf wrote:I never adjust mine except when setting up with my tent. Have them set at 125cm.

Me too. I adjust my grip to lengthen/shorten the pole for the terrain. I bought adjustable poles because they don't sell a fixed version my preferred length. And a little adjustability is important for some shelters.

Re: Walking Poles

PostPosted: Fri 06 Aug, 2021 11:57 am
by Biggles
There are walking poles.
And then there are very serious walking poles that are far removed from "sticks off the ground"...

https://www.bogong.com.au/leki-mct-12-v ... -pair.html

:shock:

Since I took a fall near my unit, I have to walk with one of my LEKI Terrano poles.