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What are Hiking Sticks?

Hiking sticks are sticks used to help with balance while hiking. Hiking sticks are also called trekking poles.

Why Use hiking Sticks?

Hiking sticks take some of the pressure off your knee joints and leg muscles and put in on your arm and shoulder muscles. This is especially important on very steep trails, which can lead to sore knees and hips. Knee and hip injuries can be a major problem for older hikers and hikers who are overweight.

Hiking sticks will also help increase stamina. The regular hiking rhythm with the pole leads to relaxed, calm breathing and increase stamina.

One or Two Hiking Sticks?

You can use either one or two hiking sticks. Some people prefer to use two hiking sticks because its easier to develop a rhythm when hiking.

What to look for when Buying Hiking Sticks?

Some features to look for are:

  • Telescoping
    • Telescoping are easier to take on planes and can be shortened to support a tarp at night.
  • Shock absorbing springs
    • Shock absorbing springs will take some of the shock off your knees and arms.
  • Uses
    • Some hiking sticks are can be used for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, trekking and mountaineering.
  • Weight of poles
  • Length of poles
  • Hand grips
  • Probes

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