Trekking poles are common gear for hunters, hunters, backpackers, seniors looking for fitness and stability, as well as snowshoes and backcountry adventurers. To others, there’s a reason they’re called regular appliances.
Reasons you need trekking poles:
1. When you’ve got a steep descent, trekking poles will have strong support points to lean on when you walk down.
2. Likewise, if you’re on a steep upslope, you can use poles to reach in and pull yourself up.
3. If you want to make your stroll feel of a full-body exercise, no doubt swinging your arms back and forth will help you invest a little more time. It’s fun to get in the groove with hiking rocks, too.
4. If your hands swell on a walk, using trekking poles will bring your hands closer to the surface of your heart, increasing your blood’s return to your head.
5. You may use trekking poles as protection for an ultralight tent. It is going to save you some weight in your bag. Especially if you’re only hiking a day, getting an ultralight shelter in your bag (and walking sticks to support it) is a perfect way to be prepared for a survival emergency.
6. Many studies quote a 1999 report that states that using trekking poles would take up to 25% of the pressure off the knees. The truth is not that perfect for most hikers. Also, some studies indicate that there is no distinction whatsoever between shock-absorbing poles, normal poles, and no poles.
7. I’ve had pain in my knees with and without posts. I stopped my knee pain by just changing my weight. Because of touching the knee, I’m now concentrating on landing on my knees and mid-foot. It stimulates the “internal shock absorbers” of my hamstrings to brace any shock in my movement.
8. Ditching the climbing poles became a bit easier to contend with. I put on my boots and bag, then walk. Simple, simple.
9. I found it wasn’t healthy for my balance and my heart to use poles. If I don’t have trekking poles, I need to put my arms out and move my weight to balance. It stimulates my central and natural coping mechanisms instead of shutting them off.
10. In longer walks, not moving my arms as I walk saves me time. It’s not a big deal for shorter walks, but if you’re doing anything like a 22-mile Mt Whitney day walk, putting 1-5 percent more capacity in your tank is a big deal.
11. Carbon fiber and aluminum are also very light and perform well. If you’re going to knock them up a lot, go for the aluminum material. Carbon provides a bit more shock-absorbing, but it will crack if you just knock them up.
12. Shock absorbers aren’t necessary, but if you find a couple of absorbers that you like, go for it.
13. Get any hiking sticks with cork or foam handles. Don’t use poles with rigid plastic handles, they’re normally sucking.