Whether you are going on trekking or heading to a small weekend jaunt, Hiking or Trekking pole is the most common equipment. It helps trekkers in taking support, maintaining their pace in rough terrains with a lot of stability and comfort while trekking. It also reduces the load on our joints and hips and protects them from any sort of cramp in muscles or crack in joints.

It has distinct advantages but we have seen most of the trekkers struggling while choosing or using it. There are numerous options available in the market but sometimes it becomes hard to decide which is the best for your type of adventure. So let’s discuss some pro-tips about trekking poles so that next time when you visit our trekking location you will be in a position to take an aware decision on your own.

The first and foremost important thing which we are going to discuss here is how to select the best trekking pole?

Before selecting any pole you should take care of some of the most important points listed below:-

Size:- Very first thing which you should take care of is the right size of the trekking pole. It is supposed to be a helping tool for you while trekking but if the size is not proper then it will be a burden to you during the trek. Trekking poles of large size will make you lean backwards and that of small size will make you lean forward and both the case will make your trek more uncomfortable.

Features:- While buying or renting any trekking pole first check its feature especially some most important features like lightweight, rubber handle with soft sponge for good grip, wrist strip, foldability, locking mechanism and shock absorption. If some other features like a led lamp and others are available then it will be much better.

Same Length:- If you want to trek with a double trekking pole the ensure both trekking poles are of the same size. Prefer using both poles of the same brand.

Durability:- If you want to purchase your own trekking pole then do consider the durability factor of a trekking pole. In the case of the durability of a trekking pole, the most important part of a trekking pole is its Shaft. In most cases, shafts are made up of Aluminium and Carbon fibre. Poles made up of carbon fibre are much lighter and more shock absorbent than aluminium poles. On the other hand, the Aluminium pole is comparatively more durable than carbon fibre poles.

Economical and easily available:- The trekking pole you are looking for must fit in your budget and should be easily available on online platforms or in your vicinity or at base camp.

Here I am providing a comprehensive list of the top 5 trekking poles after intensive research to help you out in this.

MSR Dynalock Ascent Carbon Pole:- Built of kevlar reinforced carbon fibre is engineered to make you move faster. Great strength and lightweight makes it our favourite. This pole is made in Taiwan and is a bit costly than general or local made trekking poles.

Black Diamond Trekking Poles:- It has a good variety of trekking pole designs for all your trekking needs. It has both the option of the aluminium shaft for more durability and a carbon shaft for lighter weight.

Decathlon ultra-compact trekking pole MT-500:- Compact design of 5 fold pole, durability, lightweight and economical rate are some of the important factors which had motivated us to put it in our list. This pole is made up of aluminium with foam grip for proper gripping.

Quechua ANT Hiking pole:- Ultralight trekking pole made up of aluminium with great durability makes this trekking pole an attractive option for trekkers.

Hike Hunger:- Ultra-light and collapsible trekking poles are some of the most versatile trekking poles available in the market. Size variation from 24 inches to 54 inches, foam grip and its beautiful design make this pole the most amazing. The only factor which made me put it on the last of this list is its high cost. If you can afford it, this will be the best and most amazing trekking gear for your backpack.

As you have brought or rented your trekking pole but juggling how to use it, then let me give you some simple tricks and tips which will help you during your trek.

The first and foremost thing here is a set of trekking poles. If you are going uphill then keep your trekking pole a bit shorter and while trekking downhill a bit longer than the normally required length. Try to kip the upper telescopic shaft a bit shorter than the lower telescopic shaft. Check your length adjustable knob properly before starting your trek and also check the length by keeping your trekking pole straight beside you and see if your arms are relaxed or not and it should be at a right angle.

Now let’s talk about the right way to hold the trekking pole. The proper way is to come through the bottom and have the strap your wrist with your thumb over the top. Holding a pole in this way will not only give you proper grip but also protect your stick from slipping from your hand in rough terrain or in case your palm is sweaty.