I have seen some people use just one trek pole. So is it One or Two?
It really doesn't work in the same way with just one. Learn to use two efficiently, then try one....
Two it will be then.
Didn't mean to appear brusque
Good luck - it's worth getting a demo from an experienced user (or look on you tube maybe...) Peter Clinches Pole Pages are very useful
I'm a two poler myself but as someone pointed out on another thread some months back, historically travellers have often had one pole/stick.
Two makes sense for me and aid balance in some situations and help with rhythm too.
Thanks to all for your replies. I shall now get myself Two poles.
Just been looking at the guide, and for the most part good stuff but...
Removable, ski-type baskets tend to fall off and get lost
...is news to me. I've only ever used my actual ski touring poles and so I've always used ski-type baskets, and have been using them for about a dozen plus years for walking, and in all that time have never lost a basket. In fact, taking them off for whatever reason has always proven a bit of a beast! (with both Leki and BDs).
I prefer (non-powder) baskets to cones, I don't find they get in the way and they give one helluva lot more support when using poles to vault bogs, or on snow.
The one vs. two thing... well, two work better for keeping weight off your joints, but if you've only one leg that needs special looking after one is enough (use it on the opposite side to the weak leg) and that leaves you a hand free for something else. Like a map, camera, GPS. For me the real downside of poles is having my hands full, so even though two are often more effective for keeping off the weight I sometimes find one preferable in practice.
My favoured ones are ski touring poles (a bit stronger and not covered in (IMHO) mis-features), and for me I can use them skiing too) which come in pairs anyway...
went on a walk with a group yesterday - 12 of us - the others were mostly LDWA veterans. Of the 12, 10 had poles with them.
3 (me included) used 2 poles and used them constantly.
4 used one pole constantly, but not in the same sense - often just seemed to be carrying them and using for gesturing.
3 carried a pole on their pack, but never used them
personally I can walk significantly faster with poles (2) especially up hills
If I tried using just one pole the way I use half of the two (if that makes sense!), it wouldn't work.
JonnoS wrote (see)
A single pole is useful as a walking stick for rougher terrain and river crossing and for a slight easing of weight on either side on longer walks. Two are better for a specific pole walking style but there'one is good for balance when the terrain isn't good.
A more helpful answer than my original post
(apart from the 'there')
Carbon fibre or alloy?
My knees have seen better days so I am pretty much pole dependant. My 12 year old Leki alloys were really deteriorating despite an annual dismantle, dust and clean, so last year I purchased Lidls super lightweight carbons. Fantastic bargain, however, how do you keep them up as the fibre turns into dust? I found the answer from somone who worked for Giant bikes who were familiar with carbon seatpost collapses. The secret is to spray the inner tube with sticky hairspray or Scoch Spraymount and reassemble at the correct height. So, downside, they stay in the car at full length, and the Lekis are for the airport or rail station.
Any other thoughts on this?
Leki's are heavy but also less prone to break under heavy weight. Fizan Compact are the lightest alu poles. Even a bit lighter than Leki carbon poles. But the Fizan Compact is a bit shorter. I guess the alu wall of these Fizan compact pole is thinner than a Leki's. Fizan is also way cheaper. So you might break one without falling to tears.
I only use poles when snowshoeing (two poles that is) and when I'm tarping (two poles) or using a 2 person tipi. Might change walking poles when tarping or using tipi for a lighter carbon poles (not suited for walking)
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