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cactuscat's advice is spot on for "just right". I definitely like them longer going downhill to absorb the jarring so that my knees and back don't get sore. If I'm facing a long downhill stretch, I would guesstimate about 20% longer so that they reach out in front. You will need to experiment a little to find your comfort range. Going uphill, I like them about 10% shorter so that I can lean into them a little. If there is a lot of rolling uphill and downhill I agree with cactuscat that I just leave them at the "just right" length. The comment about inserting your hands up and through the straps is important. If the poles were bought at REI go in and ask them for some instruction.cactuscat wrote:When you are gripping the poles on flat ground, your elbows should be at a 90 degree angle. That's just right.
I don't usually bother adjusting them for uphill or downhill, even on steep GC trails.
Also, your hands go up through the straps from the bottom, then wrap around the poles.
That could be true, when held properly the poles do seem to fall out of the way as you brace for landing with your hands. If you are worried about it, you might want to practice your falling techniques.kingsnake wrote:I was told by someone that holding them that way also makes it less likely to snap your wrist, should you fall. Were they blowing smoke?
Part of the art of falling involves relaxing into the fall and protecting your head. Or wearing a brain bucket.kingsnake wrote:My worry is the opposite of falling: It is hitting things with my head ... ;)