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.
The Komperdell Ridgehiker sports a breathable cork grip suited for men and women's hands with a padded adjustable wrist strap to help maintain a good grip. This pole is constructed from strong and light aluminium alloy and has Komperdell's Powerlock 3.0 mechanism for adjusting the pole height quickly and easily with just one hand. The Ridgehiker also has a tungsten/carbide tip at the base enabling the pole to grip well on slippy surfaces giving the walker confidence and the trekking basket will help to stop the pole sinking into the wet mud. This pole comes in 3 sections and has a small pack size for when strapping onto the rucksack for storage when not required.
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