Published at Friday, March 01st, 2019 - 12:28:19 PM. Trekking Poles. By Henriette Mercier.
When evaluating poles, I start with the shafts. They need to be stiff, free of vibration on impact, and able to endure reasonable contact with rocks and vegetation without fracturing. Next, I look at the hand grips, which should be soft on the hands but still responsive, meaning not mushy. I also really like extension grips. Finally, the locks need to be secure and reliable and easy to use and repair. Only some of the poles I tested met those criteria.
You can keep it simple by purchasing one of the models mentioned earlier. But if they don’t suit your needs or budget or are unavailable, some other buying considerations are listed below.
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