If you are planning on taking on some challenging terrain, particularly over several days, then waking poles is a good idea to take as part of your essential kit. Poles 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.
This pair of Komperdell Hikemasters would make a great choice for the beginner as well as the professional walker. Constructed from strong aluminium in 3 sections, these poles have a comfortable rubber grip suited to both men and women's hands with a padded wrist strap. For quick, easy adjustment with one hand, the Ridgemaster has the Powerlock 3.0 mechanism so they don't need re-tightening once clicked into place. The flex tip is made from carbide/tungsten for excellent durability and grip on slippery, wet rocks, giving confidence as you pick your way down steep inclines. This Compact version of the Hikemaster folds down to a mere 58cm so perfect for strapping onto the side of your rucksack or tucking inside without taking up too much room. The trekking basket at the bottom which helps you not to sink into wet mud can also be taken off to make this pole more streamlined.
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