A trekking pole is a light-weight, adjustable support tool that is used to save energy and add stability on all types of terrain. These poles not only help in descending the slopes in a safe manner but also reduce the pressure on the knees.
There is evidence that trekking poles enhance the muscle-building and aerobic benefits of hiking. With trekking poles, hikers use upper body muscles they don't ordinarily engage, like biceps, latissimus dorsi (side muscles), pectorals, and triceps. Regularly engaging these muscles while swinging and placing trekking poles will strengthen them. In addition to building upper body muscles, engaging these muscles during a hike creates a full body workout, enhancing the already significant aerobic benefit of hiking.
Easy Lock System
It allows you to adjust the length of the poles to your height and walking surface. The Easy Lock System provides optimum lock with less tightening torque. The holding force is more than 140kg when properly adjusted.
Adjustable / Releasable Trigger Strap
Adjustable/Releasable Trigger Strap offers superior wrist support and the convenience of a releasable system. You can easily click in and out of the grip to grab your water bottle or slip on a jacket.
Rubber Fitness Tips
Designed to grip pavement and deliver added support and stability, the Rubber Fitness Tips should always face towards the back, behind you. This position allows you to “push off” more efficiently, increasing your upper body workout. Remove the Rubber Fitness Tips to expose the Carbide Flextips if you Nordic Walk on gravel or slick surfaces.
Adjust the length. While standing up straight with shoulders relaxed, the top of your trekking poles should be 2 to 3 inches below your armpit. Use a twisting motion to unlock and re-lock the intersecting portions on each pole to find the proper height.
Use your wrist straps. Insert your hand from underneath and keep a relaxed hold on the grip. Use your other hand to adjust the strap so that it is snug but not tight.
Preserve energy on flat terrain. Bend your arms at a 90-degree angle and maintain an upright posture. Walk normally, but as you place one foot in front of the other, extend the opposite arm and plant your pole.
Maximize your balance uphill. As you step forward with one leg, plant your pole with the opposite arm. If the terrain is exceptionally difficult, use the same leg as your pole plant side to give yourself added support.
Maintain stability on declines. As before, continue using the opposite hand and leg to achieve balance. To add stability, however, swing your pole further in front of you in order to compensate for steeply declining terrain.
Traverse comfortably. When hiking through hillsides, overcome the awkwardness by shortening the pole that is located on the side with an incline. If it's more comfortable, you can also lengthen the other one to accommodate for the uneven terrain.
Tips & Warnings
If you find adjusting your poles to be a hassle, have them customized according to your height.
When planting the pole on flat terrain, it should be about the same distance ahead of your body as the opposite foot.
For steeper inclines, it may be more comfortable to shorten the length of your trekking poles and then re-adjust them with the changing terrain.
On a decline, you can alleviate pressure on your knees by leaning forward and allowing your poles to support some of your body weight.
While hiking, use your poles creatively to push spider webs out of the way in front of you or, if necessary, for self defense.
A trekking pole has other uses as well: wrap some duct tape around one to use for repairing gear while on the trail; test snow to see how deep it is; use it as a makeshift splint if a hiker has an injured leg, wrapping the leg with a belt or jacket and attaching to the pole.
In high water, don't let the poles give you a false sense of security. Trekking poles are no match for a strong river current that's up over your knees--find a safe way to cross the water or find another route.