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Choosing which Trekking Pole is right for you.

It doesn't have to be confusing

Although there are loads of different brands making loads of different types of trekking poles, they all do the same thing really. All you have to do is decide which features you want and find the pole with those features.

We have made a video to try and explain the different features on a trekking pole, why they are there, what to insist on, and if they are relevant to you. As with so many things in life, the more you spend the better the trekking pole will be. But do you need to spend money on a spring when you always walk over soft ground, and are you happy to pay more for a lighter pole?

Its like being in the shop

I talk through the Leki and Black Diamond poles we do at the Glenridding shop, but we also have Trekmates trekking poles at the Pooley Bridge shop and these are available on


The only thing I forgot to mention is a walking stick ferrule or pavement tip. These are rubber shoes that go over the tungsten carbide tips and stop you wearing down the tip if you are walking on the road or hard tracks for long periods. They have a metal disc in them to stop the tip shredding them and stop the clickety-click noise when you are walking on the road.

I hope this is useful and helps you narrow down your search, but you can’t go too far wrong. Using any trekking pole is a million times kinder on your knees than not using a trekking pole, and makes you a lot more sure-footed.

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