Trekking Pole Overview

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Ever wondered what goes into a pole? From materials, to hand grips, and folding options, we've broken it at all down for you.  

SHAFT OPTIONS

Carbon 

  • Light & sturdy option
  • Functions well in super cold conditions 
  • Thick shaft for weight bearing

Aluminium 

  • Less expensive option
  • Look for large shaft if wanting a weight bearing option 
  • More popular amongst bush walkers

 

GRIP OPTIONS

 

Cork 

  • Conforms to hands over time 
  • Secure grip even when wet
  • Easiest on skin 
  • Most comfortable in warm conditions

Foam

 

  • Often comes with secondary hand grip (useful when going uphill, rather than adjusting pole length, you can remove the handgrips and use the lower section
  • Comfortable on skin
  • Most popular among bush walkers

Plastic

  • Least expensive
  • Grippiest when wearing gloves
  • Most durable/ long lasting

 

COLLAPSIBLE SYSTEM

Folding

  • Lightest option
  • Favourite amongst trail runners/ light weight walkers
  • Pack into bags/ can be attached to running vests (Salomon Quiver)
  • More difficult to clean without a flick locking system

 

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