Typical structure of trekking poles

Update:25 Aug 2021

1. Grip
For holding trekking poles

2. Wrist Strap
The wristband mainly transmits the strength of the arm to the trekking pole, reducing the palm force and reducing the fatigue of the palm. The wrist strap is best to be a complete strap, and there should be no buckles on the strap, otherwise it will rub the skin repeatedly when walking, which will easily cause blisters.

3. Basket
The ring structure at the bottom of trekking poles resembles an inverted small bowl, usually made of plastic.
Its role:
(1) Prevent trekking poles from piercing too deep into the soil, making it difficult to pull out;
(2) Prevent the trekking pole from falling into the rock gap and twisting the pole.
There are two kinds of rod holders, the main difference is the size, the smaller one is used for the ice-free route, and the larger one is used for the ice-snow route.

4. Shaft
Most poles are made of aluminum alloy or carbon fiber, which are light and high-strength materials, but their deformation properties vary greatly. Aluminum alloy materials have great ductility and will not break even if they are bent significantly. Carbon fiber is not the case. It is a brittle material and will break if it is bent slightly. Therefore, if the terrain of the hiking route is complex and the environment is changeable, it is best to choose trekking poles made of aluminum alloy, such as hiking on the plateau.

5. Lock
Lock buckle, used to fix the poles adjacent to trekking poles

6. Tip of the stick
The tip of the rod is most commonly made of metal materials, such as tungsten steel.
Different grounds have a great influence on the friction of the tip of the stick, so you need to choose the stick point according to the situation.
For example, it is necessary to find a stable support point on a sloping rocky ground to prevent the trekking pole from sliding suddenly after being stressed. There are shops on the Internet that specialize in selling stick-tip rubber protective covers, and they are classified for different terrains. Actually, I don't think it is necessary to buy different rubber protective sleeves, it is too much trouble. In the process of use, as long as we do not drag the trekking pole and find a reliable sticking point, we can reduce the friction between the trekking pole and the ground and protect the tip of the pole. However, it is best to keep the rubber sleeve when buying trekking poles. It can cover the tip of the pole and prevent the backpack from being accidentally punctured.