Hiking Poles

Modern trekking and hiking poles are available in numerous variants and different materials for a variety of uses.
Those poles are ideal for (more older) mountaineers, who like to go "off-road" or have joint problems, as well as for hikers with heavy loads (for example children's carriers). Hiking and trekking poles (when correctly adjusted) improve Your posture, strengthen the arm and back muscles, provide more grip and stabilize Your steps.

Material: aluminum or carbon
Most commonly, poles are made of aluminum or carbon. Every material has its advantages and disadvantages. Carbon poles are very resistant and also lighter than aluminum poles. The disadvantage of carbon is that it can break through immediately and does not bend like an aluminum pole.

Clamping systems
Thanks to clamping systems (Power Lock, Power Lock 2, Power Lock 3, Twist Lock, Speed ​​Lock 2, Flick Lock, etc.) You can adjust the pole to your body size (Attention: Old or damaged clamping systems have a low holding power and thus adjust high risk of injury!)
Now we explain You the different clamp systems:

1. folding systems
For folding poles, the individual sections are folded together. The poles have a small pack size and can be easily transported in a backpack.
Advantage: The individual segments can not slip even under heavy load - more safety even in extreme applications.

2. screw clamp system
The clamping system is inside of the hiking poles.
Advantage: The poles are very compact and can be stowed optimally in the backpack.
Disadvantage: Limited lifespan of the system. The more the clamping system is used, the higher the risk of injury.

3. External clamping system
External clamping systems are quick and easy to use, so You can quickly adapt the pole (even with gloves) to Your needs.
Advantage: External clamping systems have a high holding power and thus ensure greater safety.
Disadvantage: The clamping system is a bit heavier and, above all, bulkier than the inner variant.

Grips: EVA foam or cork
Cork grips offer more comfort than gripgs made of EVA foam. Because grips made from the natural product reduce perspiration and blisters on the hands.

Hiking and trekking poles with damping
Some brands already offer poles with damping systems (at Sport Bittl the brand LEKI).
Damping systems (Dynamic Suspension System) ensure a reduction of the peak impacts and thus protecting muscles, joints and ligaments. In addition optimal damping features for a controlled pole use.

Height Pole length* (rounded)
120 cm 82 cm
125 cm 85 cm
130 cm 88 cm
135 cm 92 cm
140 cm 95 cm
145 cm 99 cm
150 cm 102 cm
155 cm 105 cm
160 cm 109 cm
165 cm 112 cm
170 cm 116 cm
175 cm 119 cm
180 cm 122 cm
185 cm 126 cm
190 cm 129 cm
195 cm 133 cm
200 cm 136 cm
205 cm 139 cm
210 cm 142 cm