Trekking poles along with hiking staffs have become standardized equipment for a variety of snowshoers, backpackers, walkers, trekkers and of course hikers. The reason for this equipment is pretty simple as they provide support and stability on various types of terrain. Below are reviewed on some of the top trekking poles available on the market.
Trail Pro Shock Trekking Poles The Black Diamond
In the majority of trekking poles, the shock-absorbing mechanisms are situated in the lower part of the shaft, which often generates a spring type bounce-back when the pole is planted into the ground. However, the Black Diamond makes use of an innovative 4-part system featured in the part of the grip. There are three very small dampeners which are stacked discreetly just below the area of the handle along with a mechanism that offers rebound-control in the higher part of the shaft. This results in superior shock absorption without the on-going effect.
The Leki TourStick Vario Carbon
Carbon is a very light material when it comes to trekking poles but is susceptible to cuts and nicks that eventually end up in breakage. Material such as aluminum is tougher but weighs more. The Leki TourStick uses both these materials, with aluminum in the lower sections that are more prone to damage from rocks, snowshoes, skis or crampons. This trekking pole is suggested as fuss-free and foolproof with the foam grip that uses an extended egg-shaped shape that is ideal for palming on the descents and climbs.
The Easton Hike Carbon 3
When tested in even the harshest climates and terrains, this all-carbon, lightweight poles excelled. These 3-section poles have been created out of a carbon fiber that is layered in various directions to maximize rigidity and strength. The low-profile clamp on these trekking poles offers rock-solid adjustments. The maximum length is 55-inches which match up to the standard, but the 32-inch poles are shorter than the average and are fantastic for scaling those super-steep slopes.
MSR Deploy TR3
In many cases, having to stop every few minutes to adjust trekking poles can become annoying and even dangerous when the hiker is clinging onto the sides of an icy summit-slope. For the hikers, skiers and mountaineers that frequently change terrain the MSR Deploy provides a convenient and safe method to adjust their poles at any given time with only one hand. The spring-loaded trigger featured in the handle releases by squeezing the handle. The lower and middle shafts then pop out into the slots that then lock with the use of a metal button. The shafts are constructed out a strong and light aircraft-grade aluminum which offers exceptional stability on the off-trail and steep terrain.
These trekking poles are associated with the simplicity of flicking open the lid of lighters with the externally based locking mechanism. This mechanism only needs a thumb flip to close or open, and the plastic-dial on the other side of the clamps can be turned with just one finger even wearing gloves to loosen or tighten up the pole-shafts. The rock-solid adjustments are derived from the locking lever that fits exceptionally well into grooved-slots so that they never loosen while hiking. Also, the ultra-secure fiberglass and stainless steel 2-inch clamps offer solid holds, and the construction is not prone to breaks when compared to the plastic clamps featured on various other types of trekking poles. The rubber grip features a great angle that is unique to other types that are tilted slightly forward to offer an ergonomic position for the hands.