If you are planning on taking on some challenging terrain, particularly over several days, then waking poles will reduce stress on the lower body, taking the weight off the off the knees and lower back, reducing wear and tear on the joints. You will definitely notice a difference if you are wearing a heavy backpack too. Poles also help you to walk more upright, enabling more oxygen to enter the lungs, so more breath for getting up those horrible, steep inclines.
These well-priced poles are perfect for beginners looking for quality, entry-level walking gear. Komperdell has constructed these Peak Hunter poles with two sturdy aluminium sections instead of three using the Powerlock 2.1 adjustment system to alter the length of the poles, which is so much easier and quicker to use than the standard Twist Lock. They have a comfortable rubber grip suited to both men and women's hands with a soft, adjustable wrist strap. The Peak Hunter has a steel tip with a Trekking basket to stop you sinking into the wet mud and soft grass, folding down to 75cm when not in use.
Emergency, survival items including compasses and maps can also be found here in our Walking Gear section.