K2 Base Camp stocks a wide range of the high quality trekking, trail running and walking poles from the best brands, maximising your comfort and control throughout your adventures. This range includes hiking poles for adventurers of all different heights and sizes from brands such as Exped, Masters, La Sportiva, Leki and Black Diamond. Whether you’re exploring the epic landscapes and trails of Queensland’s Great Walks or adventuring into the mountains of Nepal and New Zealand, choosing the right trekking pole for your adventure will be determined by the consideration of pole styles and features.
Considering the use of trekking poles? Here’s why they are beneficial to you…
The use of trekking poles will increase your stability and balance on trail, allowing you to move quickly and efficiently. By absorbing the forces involved with hiking, running or walking, trekking poles will greatly reduce the energy used and strains placed on your joints and muscles. Trekking poles are an essential piece of gear for any adventurer whether you’re day hiking, running trails, carrying heavy loads or trekking multiple days across steep and technical terrains.
Choosing the right trekking pole for you...
Trekking pole types
Hiking and walking poles; characterised by their broad range of adjustability and selection of different pole materials and handles, these poles are best for all styles of trekking from day trip to multiday expeditions.
Collapsible poles; these offer the benefits of a standard trekking pole in a compact, lightweight and convenient size, providing you with the best poles for saving weight and moving fast on trail.
Ultra-lightweight poles; commonly fixed in length these poles utilise the lightest materials and features, minimising the weight and profile of the pole. This design gives you a high quality ultra-light pole for trail running and extreme lightweight adventures.
Trekking pole features
Shaft; Aluminium poles provide durability and strength, supported by a range of lightweight options for different adventures and users. Carbon poles offer you the lightest shaft material and design. Calu hiking poles are a blend of an aluminium core and a carbon outer making it the best option for saving weight and maintaining strength and support for heavy or long hikes.
Handle; Trekking pole grips vary from plastics for durability, foam for overall comfort and cork for both comfort and resistance from freezing in the extreme colds of mountaineering and alpinism.
Locking mechanism; several types of trekking pole locking mechanisms exist that offer you individual benefits. Clamp locks are easy to use, quick to adjust and simple to maintain. Similarly twist locks provide the same ease of use in a slimmer profile, great for those adventures moving through technical terrains quickly. Collapsible poles will lock in place automatically making them the best option for a quick set up and lighter design.
Pole basket and tips; customisable for trekking poles are their baskets and tips where choosing the right setup is determined by the terrain or environment your venturing into. Basket size will vary from the larger options for snow or soft grounds, to smaller or basketless setups for hard grounds or heavily vegetated trails. The use of a rubber tip over the end of your pole is optimal for boardwalks and necessary on trails that are environmentally protected or sensitive to hiking pole use.
Frequently asked questions
What is the best hiking pole?
The best hiking poles for you will be the combination of the most optimal pole features and designs for the adventure you’re undertaking. If it’s versatility you need consider any of the standard aluminium or calu hiking poles K2 Base Camp stocks, deciding upon the balance of weight or strength and support you require from your pole.
How to size my trekking pole?
Sizing your trekking poles is done by achieving a 90 degree angle with your lower arm, parallel to the ground. Adjust the pole by lengthening it for downhill sections and shortening it for moving uphill to maintain support across terrains. Poles such as the Exped Trekking Poles and Black Diamond Distance FLZ offer set pole lengths determined by the user’s height with minimal adjustability to further decrease weight and set up time.
How do I hold my trekking poles?
When moving across flat trail sections hold the pole grip at the 90 degree angle recommend for sizing. Whilst descending move your hand over the top of the pole for better support and control. If moving through uneven terrain considering grasping your poles at different heights to balance their support, poles like the Eiger HP from Masters offer an extended pole grip to give you versatile handling over technical terrains.
How to maintain my hiking poles?
Important in maximising the life of your trekking poles ensure to regularly clean and remove dirt and dust from within and around the shaft and locking mechanisms of the poles. Remember to inspect each part of the pole over time to identify parts for replacement or repair before your next adventure.