Knowledge points about walking sticks

Update:08 Aug 2020

1. The composition of the cane

Cross-country running sticks are usually composed of six parts: grip, wrist strap, stick pole, stick lock, stick tip, protective cover, stick support, etc. The stick pole is the soul of the stick. The walking sticks for trail running are generally two straight sticks. The rod body is usually made of aluminum alloy, carbon alloy, and titanium alloy, and the prices of the three are increasing.

2. The development of walking sticks

It was a blessing to be able to pick up a hand-worthy branch when crossing on foot in the early years.

The so-called hand means that the diameter, length, weight, straightness, elasticity, and durability are all suitable for the feel. The diameter should not be too thick, thick is not suitable for hand grip, and heavy; not too short, long can be truncated, short is useless; of course light weight; straight is better than curved, of course a little curvature, with a little flexibility can also add points ;durable? The branches should not be too dry, and the inner core should not be hollow, otherwise they will break easily. Branches with some moisture are usually more durable (but it is not recommended to pick up fallen branches from a living tree).

Up to now, professional cane products, no matter from the improvement of quality function or the division of subdivisions, there is no need to bump into the big luck and pick branches.

Whether it is hiking, mountaineering, or cross-country running, the role of walking sticks has been fully verified. Reasonable use of walking sticks can reduce the burden on knees and legs, reduce sports injuries, extend exercise time... and so on.

3. The functionality of the cane

Sharing the pressure: With the help of the cane, the strength above the core is effectively used to share the pressure on the legs and knee joints.

Maintain stability: When you lose your balance, you can use a walking stick to quickly restore your balance and improve the stability of travel.

Protect the waist and spine: break down a single point of pressure, effectively use the muscles of the whole body, thereby reducing the pressure on the waist and back.

Improve efficiency and reduce consumption: make running longer and more stable.

4. Features of off-road cane


At present, the common trail running poles on the market are mostly carbon in terms of material, and the pipe diameter is also significantly smaller than that of trekking poles. As a result, the weight of special running poles is almost half of that of trekking poles. Compared with trail running, hiking trails are much more "complicated", such as gravel, trees, rivers, etc., so the design of trekking poles should be more durable, from the tip to the body.

Canes are used in trail running, and I still feel that it is positioned as auxiliary equipment (the main equipment is the runner’s legs), which is light in weight and does not increase the burden.


When climbing, the up and down changes are usually not too frequent, and the speed of climbing and hiking is relatively slow, so it is easy to adjust. When running, especially in competitions, many adjustments need to be completed in a relatively "fast" exercise. In the actual competition, the state of using the stick can be divided into four types, namely: running with the stick-running with the stick-running with the stick holding the stick-running with the stick holding the stick-the best adjustment of these four stages is all Finish in running,

Therefore, the common running poles are mostly snap-type and folding fixed, and there is almost no common rotating fixation of trekking poles.


There are many changes in trail running routes, generally there are long, gentle sections. In addition, during the starting phase or when the physical strength is good, many runners are also used to putting the sticks away for use. After all, running with the hand will still increase the burden on the arm; and the running backpack , Usually the size and volume are limited, whether it is tied to the outside of the bag or in the bag, shorter storage length is welcome, this four-section cane has more advantages.

5. How to use off-road canes

Use of wrist strap

Using the wristband is more labor-saving. If you use the grip directly, it will make your hands miserable; the correct way is to pass the wristband loop from the bottom up, adjust the length of the wristband, and tighten the wristband back. Just press the wristband forward, make a fist with your fingers, and hold the wristband and the grip together. When you apply force, you can press the wristband down without the palm of your hand.

Use of the grip

In normal use, you don’t need to exert too much force on the grip, just hold it gently; many grips have extended areas on the underside of the grips, which are made of sponge. This is a temporary use area. The length needs to be adjusted repeatedly, but one side is high and the other is low, and the low side is used normally. The high side wrist presses the wrist strap and the hand grasps the lower side area.

Use when going up and down

The walking stick can be adjusted to be shorter, and the length of the downhill is generally 10-20 cm. The walking speed is usually slower. The walking stick is mainly used to reduce the consumption of the legs, and the walking stick is faster. The walking stick is mainly used to reduce the impact of the knee. And keep the balance of the body during rapid movement; when going down the mountain, you also need to pay attention to the position of the stick to be stable. For safety reasons, try not to put all your body weight on the stick.

6. The choice of off-road cane

The most traditional trekking poles are mostly integrated telescopic inner sleeve structure, the weight is relatively large, and most of the storage length is in the range of 65-70 cm, so its carrying performance is not good, we do not recommend it, currently dedicated to off-road Almost all running trekking poles have not adopted this type of design.

Stick one ultra-light carbon cross-country cane, ergonomically designed EVA handle, comfortable to hold and not tired, innovative pull wrist strap fixing design, convenient fixation, no shaking, multiple cane tip protection system, higher stability during travel, carbon Plain pipe technology, lightweight and strong, is your good helper for mountain climbing and cross-country.