How can I tell the difference between "trekking poles" and "hiking staff"?
Trekking Poles: refers to the staffs used for hiking and wilderness exploration. Trekking itself is long-distance trekking and difficult travel, so the corresponding use scenarios are mostly weight-bearing, relatively complex terrain, and generally used in pairs to improve the stability of the hiking journey. Sold as a pair and used in tandem, trekking poles enhance your stability and can reduce force on your knees while hiking and backpacking. Most are adjustable in length and some include internal springs that absorb shock to further reduce impact.
Hiking Staff: The value of "hiking staff" is the staff used for walking on relatively flat terrain, in most cases without weight, and generally a single staff. Sometimes called a walking staff or travel staff, this is a single pole that's most effective when used on relatively flat terrain and with little or no load on your back. Hiking staffs are adjustable and some include a shock-absorbing feature. They may also include a built-in camera mount under the handle so the staff can be used as a monopod.
So hiking poles should use one or two? If it is a flat walk on one, climbing and wilderness hiking will have to use two, why should it be two? Four-legged animals rarely fall in steep slopes, how two legs to do, make up two trekking poles on the end of the matter. This use scenario hiking poles have the following roles.
1. Save energy and improve balance
The role of the double battle is like a mammal imitating walking on all fours, so that the original upright walking pressure concentrated in the legs to spread out, reducing the pressure on the knees, lower back and other joints, the correct use of trekking poles can improve walking speed by 15% and save 30% of the physical strength, in weight walking and complex terrain to increase physical stability.
2. Field support role
Generally used to scout, measurement, auxiliary tent canopy, etc.
Trekking Pole Features：
Adjustable: Many trekking poles adjust in length to enhance stability on different terrain. They generally adjust from about 24 to 55 inches long. Typically you’ll want to shorten the poles when going uphill and lengthen them when going downhill.
Non-adjustable: Some trekking poles don’t adjust in length. These fixed-length poles tend to be lighter weight than adjustable poles because they operate with fewer parts, making them popular among the ultralight crowd. They are great for activities where you know you only need a certain length.
Foldable: Foldable trekking poles function kind of like tent poles rather than collapsing into themselves like adjustable poles. Foldable poles are typically the most packable and often are very lightweight and quick to deploy. They are especially popular among ultrarunners and fast hikers.
Shock-absorbing poles: These offer internal springs that absorb shock when walk downhill. With most poles, this feature can be turned off when it's not needed, like when you're walking uphill. Shock absorption is a nice feature for any hiker, but is particularly recommended if you have unstable hips, knees or ankles or have had any previous injuries to those joints.
Standard poles: These do not have a shock-absorbing feature and are lighter and less expensive as a result. While they don't absorb as much impact when going downhill, they do provide a similar level of balance and support as shock-absorbing poles.
Ultralight: Ultralight poles offer the advantage of less swing weight, which makes them easier and quicker to move. Over the course of a long hike, this means less fatigue. Ultralight poles are also easier to pack. The pole shaft's material is a key determinant of the pole’s overall weight.
Camera mount: Some trekking poles and hiking staffs include a built-in camera mount under the handle, enabling the pole to be used as a monopod.
II. The structure of trekking poles
First of all, you have to know a trekking pole is basically composed of which parts. Take the most common telescopic three-section trekking pole as an example.
Mainly by the handle, wrist strap, stubs, adjusting lock, stick rest (mud / snow rest), the tip (including tip set) these parts, a good trekking pole can not be separated from the reliable support of these structures.
Can adjustable-length trekking poles and hiking staffs:
When taller than about 6 feet, choose a hiking staff or trekking poles that have a maximum length of at least 51 inches.
When shorter than 6 feet tall, will be able to shorten most adjustable trekking poles and hiking staffs enough to make them work .
For the Telescopic Trekking Poles the Length Can be Adjust From 61 -135cm
For the folding trekking poles we normally have 2 size option (100-120cm forfemale/115-135cm for male)
For fixed-length trekking poles:
Use the chart below and consult the YMOUTDOOR manufacturer’s size chart that's specific to the poles are looking at.
Suggested Pole Length
< 5 ft. 1 in.
100cm (39 in.)
5 ft. 1 in. – 5 ft. 7 in.
110cm (43 in.)
5 ft. 8 in. – 5 ft. 11 in.
120cm (47 in.)
130cm (51 in.)
Adjusting Pole Length
When have trekking poles that adjust in length, it’s important to know what height to set them at. Improperly adjusted trekking poles can cause distress to arms, shoulders, back and neck.
For general hiking, adjust the length so that when hold the pole with the tip on the ground near foot, arm makes a 90-degree bend at the elbow. This will be the right length for most of hiking.
When have poles with three sections, it’s helpful to set the top adjustment so it’s in the middle of the adjustment range and then set the bottom adjustment to the length that puts arm at the correct angle. Then if need to make adjustments while hiking, can use only the top adjustment to fine-tune the length.
For long uphill sections, can shorten each pole by about 5–10cm to get more leverage and more secure pole plants. The steeper the slope, the more shorten poles. Trekking poles should assist in moving uphill without causing strain or fatigue to shoulders and shoulders should never feel as if they are in an unnatural, lifted position or as if they are being pushed up into backpack straps. If so, need to shorten poles even more.
For long downhill sections, try lengthening each pole by about 5–10cm from the length set it at for general hiking. Doing so will keep body more upright for better balance.
When are on a long traversing section, can shorten the pole on the uphill side and lengthen the pole on the downhill side as needed to improve comfort and stability.
The first principle of handle and wristband selection is grip fit comfort and durability.
From the material point of view, it is recommended to choose EVA, cork, foam, because in the field long-distance trekking, fit the palm of the handle is the most important is the degree of fit and durability, all the products on the market advocate the principle of ergonomic design is basically saying this point, plastic grip and comfort is not too friendly, rubber can always give Mo point blister is also quite embarrassing, the longer the distance of this gap is more obvious.
The choice of handle shape is the same, although quite a few people say that T-shaped similar hand abduction can give a more solid support rod, I still love the straight handle in the actual use of the process, the grip is more comfortable.
Wristbands are actually not very different in nature, but also to be broken a separate sentence, is the shape of the excellent wristbands are wider in the middle + narrower on both sides, some wristbands or anti-friction material on the inside, these details are to protect the hand and wrist.
The pole is the core support of a trekking pole, and its material directly determines the weight and durability of the pole. Common materials are generally aluminum, carbon fiber, titanium, wood and steel, etc. Now the last two are relatively rare, the following from left to right is aluminum, carbon fiber, titanium, from the appearance of the sincere difference is not much, touch the feel of the words aluminum alloy has the strongest sense of metal, carbon fiber has the weakest sense of metal, close to the sense of plastic.
Sturdy and resistant, cheap price
Lightweight and tough
Poor puncture resistance
Rugged and lightweight
Climbing pole material
In general, if you consider the durability and economy of aluminum, if you focus on lightness, choose carbon fiber, but carbon fiber is now quite deep, generally will claim that the carbon fiber content of 70%-80%, the actual content is likely to be not to, mixed with more other magazines, low content will lead to a lot of bright and shiny carbon fiber trekking poles in actual use is not as good as aluminum, carbon fiber staff wall Thickness will generally be in between 0.85 to 0.95mm, many hundred dollars staff will basically thin 0.1-0.2mm.
Titanium alloy is naturally excellent, lightweight and durable, the biggest drawback is expensive, the overall number on the market is small, so do not believe in cheap titanium alloy is.
There is a question, internal or external lock? In fact, people who know about trekking poles know that this is no longer an issue, because the internal lock is seriously worn out and difficult to repair, fewer and fewer products are made with internal locks, so the easy-to-use external lock is already mainstream.
Trekking Pole Locking Mechanisms
Whether adjustable in length or not, all trekking poles have locking mechanisms to keep the poles from slipping in length while in use. For non-adjustable poles, the mechanisms lock and unlock so can extend them to full length for use and collapse them for stowing. Adjustable poles operate in a similar way, but the locking mechanisms also let you adjust the length of the two or three interlocking sections. This adjustability (which typically ranges from 24 to 55 inches) lets you adapt the poles to your height and the terrain.
Most poles use one of these four types of locking mechanisms:
External lever lock: A lever-based, clamplike mechanism that makes pole length quick and easy to adjust, even when wearing gloves.
Push-button lock: Poles with this locking mechanism snap into place and lock with a single pull. Press the push button to release the lock and collapse the poles. Some of these poles do not adjust in length.
Twist lock: Uses an expander and screw setup that is consistently strong and durable.
Combination lock: Some poles use a combination of the other locking mechanisms to achieve a balance of strength, light weight and ease of use. For example, a pole might use an external lever lock on the upper shaft and a twist lock on the lower shaft.
Note: All pole locking mechanisms can loosen over time, so always double check to be sure they're securely locked before you start hiking. On lever locks this also means double-checking the clamping tension.
The only thing to choose is whether to use the folding staff.
Hiking poles can probably be shrunk to easily fit into a backpack, while the traditional three-section staff shrinkage will generally be longer than the folding staff after a 20cm, it is difficult to fit into the bag, you have to hang outside the bag.
Does the folding structure affect the function? Basically no effect, the strength of the folding staff is a little worse than the traditional staff, but the general climbing hiking or no problem at all.
Staff tip cover
The tip material is usually rubber, steel or alloy. Tungsten carbide steel is the hardest and most expensive, rubber tip is the cheapest and least durable, can use the metal resolutely not choose rubber.
The common pattern of the tip of the staff are mesh pattern, diamond pattern, lattice pattern, etc., of which the best non-slip and penetrating is the diamond pattern. The tip cover is a small part that is best to have, its role is to prevent the tip of the staff from sinking in when walking in soft soil lots, in most road conditions are used, generally do professional brand hiking poles is to have a tip cover, but hiking poles do not accompany the set.
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