You have chosen the perfect hiking route, your hiking backpack is packed and your hiking shoes are already ready – now all you need is the right hiking poles to start your adventure on foot! Why the little slim helpers should not be missing from your hiking adventures and In our article, we will explain how to make your ascent and descent enormously easier. We’ll also reveal what technology is behind the different models and why we can particularly recommend the Black Diamond hiking poles! In the end, you will also get a few practical tips from us so that you know how to use your hiking poles tune in and use them properly!
So you can find the right hiking poles for you and use them properly!
First of all: 4 good reasons why you should hike with hiking poles!
Walking sticks reason no. 1: more safety and stability in the field
Hiking poles give you the necessary stability, especially when crossing ice fields or crossing a river. As a third and fourth leg, so to speak, the sticks not only provide more balance, but also more safety in rough terrain. If you are not focused or tired for a moment, hiking sticks can prevent you from slipping.
Walking sticks reason no. 2: upright posture and better breathing
Properly adjusted hiking poles promote an upright posture during your hike and counteract a buckling in the back. Especially during a hike with a heavy backpack, a forward bend has happened quickly due to the weight. By the way, the upright posture also improves breathing!
Walking sticks reason no. 3: relief of the joints and muscles
When going downhill, every step has a multiple of your own body weight on your joints. Especially on a long descent, you can reduce the pressure on the joints with the help of hiking sticks. This saves a lot of strength, especially in steep terrain! In addition to relieving the strain on the joints, arms and shoulders move automatically when walking with a stick: by the way, hiking is a holistic training for your body.
Walking sticks reason no. 4: air your clothes
After a sweaty climb, it can happen that your clothes are sweaty. With the help of your hiking poles you can get your shirt dry quickly: put the poles in the ground and hang up the sweaty clothes between the two hiking poles – so you can relax and enjoy the view while your clothes dry in the sun!
You have to pay attention to this when choosing your hiking poles
Not only the different handles and locking systems, but also the diverse details, such as special suspension systems, quickly pose a riddle to you when choosing the right hiking poles: Which functions and extras should my hiking poles bring? To bring a little light into the dark, give we give you an overview of the different materials and systems as well as the types of use for hiking poles.
The handle on hiking poles: it depends on the handling
The handles and wrist straps of hiking sticks are made of different materials. When buying, make sure that the handle and wrist straps are comfortable to use. After all, you can keep most of your hike in your hiking sticks, here is an overview of the different handles and materials:
Cork handles: reduce blistering and sweating, are easy to grip and warm your hands
EVA foam handles: easy to grip and comfortable to use, breathable, but relatively quick to wear
Plastic handles: do not wick sweat away, rapid blistering
Padded wrist straps: reduce hand incisions, promote power transmission
The material of the hiking poles: the lighter the better!
There are also differences in the material of the hiking poles themselves: from handle to tip, the materials differ in weight, price and handling. Most hiking poles are made of either aluminum or carbon: While hiking poles made of aluminum are stable and relatively cheap, those made of carbon are comparatively lighter and therefore more expensive, but offer less stability when loaded in the wrong direction. You can find out which material is the better choice for you in a specialist shop. The differences in the material for hiking poles:
Aluminum hiking poles: stable and relatively cheap
Carbon hiking poles: very light and stable, comparatively more expensive, no cushioning
Locking systems and cushioning: These extras are useful for hiking poles!
Twist lock or folding system, with cushioning or without? Which extras you should choose when choosing your hiking poles is ultimately up to you: In addition to your personal feeling, the area of use also plays a major role!
Hiking poles with twist lock and clamping system inside:
Hiking poles with a twist lock are particularly light: the tubes are pushed together using an internal clamping system and fixed by the lock. If you use the hiking poles a lot, the pipes can slide together. If you also want to use the poles in winter, for example on ski tours, you should note that adjustment with gloves is not that easy.
Hiking poles with twist lock and clamping system outside:
On the other hand, hiking poles with an external clamping system can be adjusted quickly and easily: the lock on the outside of the poles makes them appear somewhat bulky compared to the clamp lock on the inside, but they are very durable and easy to use.
Walking sticks with folding system:
In the folding system, the hiking poles usually consist of three parts and are folded together like an accordion: This makes the hiking poles particularly small and light. In addition, the individual segments cannot slide together.
Walking poles with cushioning:
Some hiking stick models have built-in damping: Especially when going downhill on hard surfaces, the shock absorbs hard impacts. So you can relieve your wrists and shoulders enormously while hiking!
The plate for hiking poles: it depends on the terrain
Plates on hiking sticks can either be very small and narrow, or a little larger and wider: While wider plates offer you better grip and make it easier for you to move forward in the snow, they are not suitable for hiking in rough and rocky terrain. Because of the size, you can quickly get stuck in columns! The good thing: With most hiking poles, you can quickly and easily replace the plates and adapt your hiking poles to different terrain in no time at all.
There are these different walking stick models
To make it easier for you to choose the right hiking poles, you can use the different categories. Here, hiking poles differ as follows: Overview of the different hiking pole models.
Alpine hiking poles: Alpine hiking poles are very hard-wearing and offer an optimal hold: They are particularly suitable on demanding routes with heavy luggage and can be used all year round. They are easy to store, while you can quickly and easily replace the plates depending on the season.
Distance hiking sticks: These hiking sticks are also small and easy to stow away. Due to their low weight and small size, the Distance hiking poles are ideal for longer hikes and for your hiking adventures in the distance, for which you have to get on the plane.
Trail hiking poles: The trail hiking poles are easily adjustable and perfect to use. They are suitable for your hikes all year round and are an excellent choice especially for your trekking adventures.
The hiking stick, specially designed for women, adapts perfectly to your hand: the ergonomically shaped cork handle regulates the moisture and thus counteracts perspiration. In addition, it is equipped with a soft handle extension so that it can be quickly gripped in steep terrain. If you are planning hikes in different terrain, the tips (Tech Tips) can be exchanged without any problems – so you can also use the sticks for hikes in winter! You can easily replace the plates with larger ones.These functions and extras make the Women’s Trail Ergo from Campers-Shop a stylish hiking stick for all your hiking adventures!
Tips for the correct use of your hiking poles
How long do the hiking poles actually have to be and how do I use the poles in steep terrain? Especially when going downhill and in rough terrain, you should pay attention to the correct handling of your hiking poles!
Hiking poles Tips No. 1: The correct setting of the length
Before you set off towards the summit, you first have to adjust your hiking poles to your height.
put on your walking shoes
stand up straight
take the walking sticks in your hand
place the walking sticks perpendicular to the ground in front of you
your elbows should be bent 90 degrees
Then you carefully lock the closures of the hiking poles. You can adjust the length of the terrain to suit the conditions as required: on steep slopes, we recommend that you set the poles a little longer and a little shorter on the ascent. In the case of a slope crossing, you can simply grip it: To do this, you reach under the handle with your hand facing the slope – so you can easily compensate for the slope.
Hiking poles Tips No. 2: Then you should pack your hiking poles away
Note that hiking sticks are not mandatory for all passages on your hike. Especially in difficult terrain or on easy via ferratas, your hiking poles prevent you more than they are helpful. In this case, you should attach both sticks to the backpack. This leaves your hands free to hold onto a rope or rock, for example.
Hiking sticks Tips No. 3: This is how you run properly with hiking sticks
Basically, you can remember that walking with walking sticks corresponds to the natural walking movement of humans. Similar to Nordic walking, you have to use the hiking poles alternately with your legs: right leg and left stick, left leg and right stick. Always keep the hiking poles close to your body, but still far enough to avoid threading them. On the other hand, when you descend, different rules apply than when you ascend: Here you put both hiking poles on in front of your body at the same time. As a rule, we recommend that you put the sticks on the ground every second step and push yourself up with both arms. With the double-decker insert you save enormous energy when going downhill!
Hiking poles Tips No. 4: The right grip technique
The handle and strap are by no means just for decoration on your hiking poles. Reach through the loop from below and grasp the handle. You can tighten the loop until it fits snugly. This way, even if you hold the handle loosely, you exert a certain pressure on the stick. You can also counteract cramping by slightly opening your hands.
On the sticks, ready, go!
Which hiking poles are ultimately the right ones for you should be made primarily dependent on the handling. Every hiking stick has its advantages and disadvantages, which of course not everyone feels to the same extent.
In general, you should make sure that your hiking poles are as light as possible and can be folded up small. However, extras such as special locking systems or cushioning ensure even more comfort when hiking. It is also important that the handle is comfortable in your hand. No matter which hiking adventure you take, you are better off with hiking poles!
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