Types of trekking or trail running poles and their benefits

You still don’t use trekking or trail running poles on your mountain outings? Although it is an element that not everyone thinks they need, poles can be a key ally for your trekking or trail running outings and we tell you why. 

With the help of Toni Bravo, technical specialist in Deporvillage, in this article we detail what kind of Trekking or Trail running poles are the most suitable for your mountain outings and what are the benefits of using them.

1. Trail Running poles

Within the trail Running poles there are three main types, each of which responds to specific needs. On the one hand, carbon or aluminium folding poles are often used for long-distance trails, as they can be folded up and can be quickly stowed in the rucksack. Rigid poles, on the other hand, are usually used for shorter distances. Let’s take a look at their main features:

Carbon folding poles

The carbon folding poles can be folded up and assembled in 3 parts in a quick and easy way. This means you can use them on climbs and fold them up quickly to start the descent or downhill section. Carbon poles are usually very light, but on the other hand they are easier to break. The grips are very comfortable, made with non-slip materials for sweaty hands and held by a strap or a wrist strap.

Aluminium folding poles

The aluminium folding poles like the carbon poles, can be quickly folded and assembled in 3 sections. Unlike carbon poles, the weight of these poles is slightly higher, but they are also stronger. Both grips and straps are similar on both poles.

For these two types of folding poles, it is important to choose the right size. These are folding poles, but not adjustable, so having the right size will be key. So, what size pole do you need? A good way is to stand up in your trail shoes and grab the pole by the handle. The resulting angle between hand and shoulder should be a right angle. 

Rigid Fixed-Length Trail Poles

Lastly, and as we have already mentioned, rigid poles are used for shorter distances where you don’t need to fold them to carry them in your backpack. This type of poles is very popular, for example, in vertical km races because they are usually very light and comfortable to carry.

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2. Trekking poles

We have already seen the recommendations for Trail poles. Now it’s time to talk about trekking-specific poles which, in this case, we divide into 2 groups: telescopic poles and rigid poles.

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles usually have 3 parts that can be adjusted in height independently, which allows them to be adapted to every need. They are a type of poles that can be folded and stored in the backpack perfectly and are mostly made of aluminium. The handle straps are very comfortable for long hikes and are usually equipped with a strap to secure them to the wrist. 

Rigid Trekking Poles

We could say that the rigid trekking poles are the most resistant. Unlike the previous ones, these are not self-adjusting and, just like the Trail poles, in this case it is essential to choose the right size. These are poles normally used for shorter runs.

3. Conclusions

Both in Trail running and Trekking, using poles can be a great help. It has been proven that its use can mean up to 20% energy savings, especially on climbs. The possibility of helping you with the upper limbs on the climbs, allows us to take the load off the legs and to take advantage of them on the descents and flatter sections of the route. In addition, with poles we improve our walking technique and activate all the muscles of the body. Knowing this, do you still doubt whether or not to use trekking or trail running poles for your mountain outings?

And if you want more tips, follow the recommendations of our experts on our Youtube channel.

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