How do you choose trekking pole tips?

Trekking Pole Length

  1. If you’re taller than about 6 feet, choose a hiking staff or trekking poles that have a maximum length of at least 51 inches.
  2. If you are shorter than 6 feet tall, you’ll be able to shorten most adjustable trekking poles and hiking staffs enough to make them work for you.

How long should my trekking pole be for my height?

Height Adjustment: Generally speaking, walking poles should be the height from the top of your palm (when your arm is down by your side) with your forearm held out in front of you at 90 degrees to your body. Essentially the top of the handle should be at waist/hip level and your elbow at 90 degrees.

Do I need baskets on my trekking poles?

Trekking pole baskets are an accessory used to match your pole to the terrain and weather They are really helpful on soft ground. When faced with certain trail conditions, it becomes necessary to use trekking pole baskets for your poles to assist you and not inhibit your performance.

When should you use carbide tips?

2) Carbide Tips It provides optimal grip on a variety of surfaces, including rocks, dirt or ice. Poles with carbide tips are ideal for rugged terrain as they can easily dig into hard rock.

Do walking sticks help with balance?

Walking sticks help people maintain their balance, walk with more confidence and help relieve tension on joints and bones. A properly fitted walking stick can help even the most able-bodied adult achieve maximum health and well being.

Why do trekking poles have straps?

With rare exception, every trekking pole features those dangly straps that emerge from the top of the grip. Used properly, they take considerable pressure off of your hands and transfer it instead to your wrists, allowing you to effectively use the poles without the need to tightly clench them with your hands.

What is a snow basket?

A snow basket that prevents your poles from piercing deeply (and uselessly) into the snowpack. Most trekking poles come with a small basket just above the tip. While this diminutive accessory is helpful at keeping your poles from sinking into soft dirt, it is close to worthless in all but the most hard-packed snow.

Should I use rubber tips on hiking poles?

We recommend using your rubber tips when you’re hiking on hard terrain like pavement, concrete walkways, or rock because the uncovered tips can’t grip the trail. Rubber trips reduce the impact of poles on the trail.

Are trekking pole tips Universal?

These tips all perform about the same, and they are all compatible with poles made by other manufacturers, although replacement tips sometimes subtly change the pole length.