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by 37lumleyst » Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:57 pm
I am however considering getting a set as I have read that they can improve or reduce the strain on your knees especially when carrying loads. Has anyone else found using them beneficial against not? Or is it a case of just another but of kit? If so does anyone have any advice on which type to go for? Solid or shock absorbing? – I know they start from around £10 and I would guess you get what you pay for but apart from the weight of the poles what else should I be looking out for.
I am a little sceptical as I have been walking for many years and never felt the need to have them – perhaps its age catching me that I now feel the need to investigate poles and perhaps even buy some
by susanmyatt » Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:07 pm
by Paul Webster » Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:08 pm
I have knee problems (dislocating kneecap and stretched ligaments) and I've used a single walking pole for several years now and wouldn't head down a hill without one. I did once try one with the shock-absorbing but actually found that a disadvantage - on steep hills I like my stick to stay just where I've put it!
I know there are people out there who advocate having two poles but I've found it annoying to not have a hand free.
My current stick is a fairly cheap Tiso own-brand one and I've had no problems.
by jaggystu71 » Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:30 pm
I've been using poles for a few years now and wouldn't go without them. I use Leki which cost around £25 per pole, but I've noticed walking shops have a wider range now and are cheaper, probably just as good if not better.
I have cork handles rather than the rubber to stop blisters on your hands.
Dont use the straps I know someone who had a serious injury to their elbow when her pole got caught between rocks.
by Alan S » Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:50 pm
they are leki ultralite at £80 per pair which i bought for his 50th i was so impressed i went and bought my own pair.
but just to warn you ive had a problem with mine where one of them isnt tightening up.
contacted tiso who said without reciept they wouldnt send them away to leki but would try and repair them in the shop i will let you no how i get on.
just a warning to others to never throw away the reciept like me
by mountain tortoise » Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:25 pm
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by GarryH » Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:32 pm
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by yokehead » Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:39 pm
by LeithySuburbs » Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:46 pm
The scientists reckon that they take about 20% of the strain off your legs. That doesn't sound much, but at the end of a 20m mile walk that makes a difference.
(I'm no oldie by the way )
by 37lumleyst » Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:49 pm
Thanks to Susan for her views as well as jaggystue71 top tip for not wrapping your wrists through the straps – although I thought the idea was that the straps took the load meaning you don’t have to rely on your grip if you do stumble ??
Thanks Alan for the tips regarding leki ultralite at £80 per pair, but being a sceptic I don’t think I could justify that sort of money. Jaggystue71’s at £25/pole sound a little more realistic
mountain tortoise little tale of husbands in the river sounds so like the kind of thing I would do – and my wife would no doubt be laughing as much as you did with your poor hubby. As for using an old stick found in the forest – I think I’ll pass, I know that man kind has been leaning on lumps of wood since time began but for me I would prefer the option of being able to collapse the pole and stow in on the pack/child carrier. The comments did put a smile on my face all the same
Leithysuberbs - I didnt mean that folks with poles were oldies, I see plenty of young whippets with poles when I'm out and about. The general feeling is they are good and they do take some strain off the knees and in my book, thats got to be a good thing.
So poles for Paul it is – thanks for the feedback, much appreciated. I'll pop a post on 'Walks outside Scotland' when I've done my first walk with them, which chould be early next week as were heading off to the lakes camping this B/H weekend for a good leg stretch and hopefully a few hills too.
by LeithySuburbs » Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:56 pm
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by 37lumleyst » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:16 am
Perhaps I'll be reverting to your worthy suggestion of a stick found in the forest !!
by maddjock » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:48 am
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