Al_HikesAZ wrote:A hiking buddy of mine, who is living on a military pension, bought old ski poles at an estate sale in Sun City for 25cents each, cut them down and put a 22caliber casing on them as a tip. Works fine for him for most hikes.
nonot wrote:After i had them I discovered the side-effect that they reduced the cuts to my body by probably 75%.
big_load wrote:I've always used Lekis but if I were buying today, I would go for Black Diamond. The flick-lock mechanism is easier to use in the cold and some people find that it holds better. A big consideration for me is folded length. They have to fit nicely in my pack or luggage for air travel.
PageRob wrote:A single hiking pole from WalMart is what I use!
Jeff MacE wrote: Instead, my concern is the possibility that I would be robbing myself of exercise or endurance training in some way.
snakemarks wrote:Jeff MacE wrote: Instead, my concern is the possibility that I would be robbing myself of exercise or endurance training in some way.
Even though it seems like it doesn't take much effort, you would be surprised at how much exercise your upper body gets with normal use of poles on an incline as opposed to mostly just being along for the ride. And, considering how much stronger your legs are than your arms or shoulders, giving the latter something to do once in a while really doesn't take much away from the work out your legs are getting. I almost think it 'adds' more exercise, but you would have to try it yourself to appreciate the difference.
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