Trekking or Walking poles are a must have piece of equipment for many walkers, hikers, trekkers and backpackers. They enhance your stability when going downhill and give you a helping hand when you have to dig deep climbing uphill.
Trekking poles are sold as a pair and are used in tandem to improve balance when walking. Poles also reduce the impact force on your knees while hiking and backpacking.
Most trekking poles are adjustable in length and some include internal shock springs to further reduce impact on the body. Some of the best know brands include Black Diamond Poles and Leki Poles, these do come with a premium, however you get a quality product for your money.
In this guide we’ll take a look at a variety of trekking poles and the key benefits of each of them.
Black Diamond Trail Pole
These are the poles I actually use. They are not the most high end and expensive of poles and offer great value for money because they are currently reduced on Amazon.co.uk. After trying a cheaper brand from a local sports shop, which bent within a few hours of use on tough terrain. I decided to spend a bit more on these and the difference is night and day. I have used them for a 52km hike in the North Downs in September 2019 and they really helped me on the steep climbs.
I always been them attached to my day pack, so if needed I can quickly pull them out. Sometimes I go looking for steeper climbs, even if I am on a short walk – just for the training aspect and to practice walking with poles.
These walking poles are made from aluminum and come with foam grips which are pretty comfortable to hold. The foam grips have the hand loops which you can use for extra support. I don’t tend to use them unless I am tracking a long climb or decent.
They weigh in at 489g per pair and I don’t notice the weight when carrying them – although they are lighter poles out there, for the money this suits me just fine.
The Black Diamond Trail Pole is a all year trekking pole that can be used on a wide range of different surfaces. All you need to do is change the tip. The carbide Tech Tips, low-profile Trekking baskets and powder baskets for snow and skiing or rubber tips. You can pop on the rubber tips if you are using the poles on hard surfaces such as country roads or paved paths. The rubber tips are sold separately.
These poles use Flick-Lock technology. This allow you to quickly make adjustments to the three collapsible parts. This is important because you always want to have them at a height where your arm is at a 90 degree angle. So, if you are going downhill, you want the poles length a little longer and if you are taking on a uphill march, then a little bit shorter. If you’re not wanting to adjust the poles, try can find a good compromise which works well for flat, uphill and downhill terrain.
Black Diamond Trail Pole Technical Details
Size: 63 – 140 cm
Style: Trekking Poles
Material composition: Aluminium
Weight: 485 Grams
Use: Hiking, Trekking, Skiing
Brand: Black Diamond