These puppies make all the difference for hiking the backcountry, giving me stability while reducing fatigue on my knees and feet. I like to use poles with built-in shock absorbers, as over the duration of the hike this lessens the impact on my hands.
Hiking poles also serve as a handy tool for testing the depth of a stream crossing or poking debris or brush for snakes if you have to walk through an area where you can’t see your feet. You can change the length for hiking up or downhill quick and easy with the twisting adjustments on the pole, but I usually don’t bother unless it is for longer treks.
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