Leki Thermolite Aergon XL Antishock Reviews (2022) (2022) (2022)

Version reviewed: T2148

Pole model:Leki Thermolite Aergon XL Antishock

Pole type: Aluminum, collapsible, UL, antishock, trekking

Origin(manufactured): Europe

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Trekking poles...

I have had many a conversation in regards to these "high-tech stability sticks" over time. Should I use them, why should I use them, what should I look for in a set of poles, should I spend a pile of money on a set or should I go to Wally-World and grab a set of cheap poles. It was enough to drive me mad... and it almost did....

Awhile back I decided to snag up a pair. I also decided to go with a reputablecompany as well. As I always say its the initial cost that is hard to swallow but if ya spend it now you will probably save money in the long run.

Here is what made this purchase such a fun and enjoyable(mind-numbing) situation.

It's all about choices...

Should I go all out for a set of carbon poles or would a lightweight aluminum set do the trick?

This is my personal take on the carbon vs aluminum subject.

Now while carbon provides a great strength to weight factor I find one major problem with them. If you get them caught up in rock and they snap you are stuck like chuck until you get off the trail and contact the manufacturer for a warranty claim.

This means you are carrying dead weight(granted it may not be a lot of weight) for the remainder of your trip if you are on the type of hike that has you miles away in the middle of "no man's land."

This may very well be another factor you may want to consider if you use your trekking poles to set-up your shelter (Nemo Meta, etc.)

Aluminum on the other hand will bend. Now if this happens you may very well be able to utilize the pole(depending on how severe the bend is) or bend it back and keep on trucking. This almost completely eliminates the dead weight issue I previously mentioned.

Now the next thing. Should I go with a standard set of poles or anti-shock models.

Uggghhhh. You can see where this can be a real hassle huh?

I have heard "with a standard trekking pole you can get serious vibrations depending on how rocky the terrain is."

Then there was the whole "if ya go with an anti-shock model they can bottom out hard and cause stability issues" theory.

I do a lot of inquiring and research when it comes to gear being I value my money and I want something for it. When it came to the stories about poles "the good, the bad, the ugly, I have probably heard 99.9% of them.

Then to make this whole purchase even more interesting there are choices when it comes to grip material(cork, foam, rubber.... wood maybe?)

Oh wait did I mention the different lock systems that are available?

Now after all of this I found myself considering 86ing the whole pole search, saving the cash, and scheduling an appointment with a therapist.

But.... my being stubborn as a mule would not let me succumb to the insanity I was experiencing and I pulled the trigger on a set of poles.

Enter Leki's Thermolite Aergon XL Antishock(try saying that 3 times fast. :)

Pros:

  • Leki's warranty- lifetime
  • Lightweight- 17oz/pr.
  • AERGON Thermo XL Grip- very comfortable in the hand
  • Soft Antishock System Lite- short travel shockabsorptionsystem
  • Carbide Flextip(replaceable)- I have yet to find a surface in the backcountry that they will not grip solidly on
  • Interchangeable Basket System- basically just unscrew them to swap them out for the snow baskets or replacements
  • Super Lock System- I have yet to have the poles collapse on me or any other problems for that matter
  • Highly adjustable-Length: 65-135 cm
  • The adjustable wrist straps- Leki got this one right. Let's just say they are very comfortable
  • Easily serviced by the owner
  • User friendly

Cons:

  • I honestly want to say the MSRP ($149) but... It is truly not hard to find these poles for around $110+. Just for the warranty alone this is a fair price when you consider the quality poles you are getting.

Meat and potatoes...

Exterior features/construction:
I am going to be up front and honest here. I really love these poles and I am extremely happy with my purchase. If you want to take the time to read further I will get into why I have such high regards for these poles.
Here is a rundown from top to bottom of the poles.

AERGON Thermo XL Grip:

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(Video) LEKI Aergon Air Grips

The grips on these Leki poles are awesome. No matter what the weather conditions they remain comfortable. I have not experienced any chafing or blistering on the multiple 80 mile trips that I have used these poles on.

The grips consist of a material that Leki simply calls "thermo-foam."

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I have used these poles in very hot temps (heat index over 100) as well as in downpours. These grips perform exceptionally well. Not only did my hand not get overly sweaty in the heat but when wet grip is not effected in the least.

As you can see in the above photo the top of the grip has a natural contour to it which gives one the ability to comfortably palm the pole if the situation arises where one needs to do so. This method would most typically be utilized when one is descending and the ground where one is planting their pole is at a lower elevation than the ground they are standing on.

Another nice feature of this design is that it is edgeless. Now some may very well over-look this when it comes to the grips but it is most certainlynoticeable. If the grips were to have edges your hand may very well let you know how unhappy they are after hours of use on the trail(blisters, chafing.)

Another great feature of this grip design is that it incorporates a thermo-foam extension that extends 7.5" down below the actual grip(see below photo.)

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This gives you the ability to adjust your grip on the pole without having to adjust the pole itself during ascents. Simply put, if you are ascending, the terrain ahead of you is going to be at a slightly higher altitude than the terrain you are standing on. If you lower your grip on the pole this will compensate for the difference in elevation.

Support Straps:

Leki really got this one right.

For one the straps are very comfortable(when used correctly.)

Now I am not saying people do not know how to utilize the straps on a set of poles but for those who do not I am going to provide a brief explanation on how to utilize them correctly. This can make a world of difference when it comes to the experience one has when using a set of poles.

First you place your hand up through the bottom of the strap as seen in the photo below.

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Next take your hand and drop it straight down aligning the strap webbing in between your thumb and index finger as shown in the photo below.

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Lastly, take your hand and drop it straight onto the grip as you see in the photo below.

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Ok, now that we have that one cleared up Leki (imo) did a superb job on these straps for a few reasons.

  • They are very comfortable. The interior of the strap that actually makes contact with your wrist is a very soft material. I have experienced no discomfort when utilizing these straps for prolonged periods on the trail.
  • They are very easily adjusted. If you take a look at the photo below you will see the unlocked position on the left and the locked position on the right.

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To adjust you simply pull up on the portion of strap that is closest to the top of the grip to unlock it, get the fit dialed in, and lock the cam by pressing down on the top of the cam with your thumb until it locks. Pretty simple huh?

Another nice feature of the straps is if you look at the photo below you will notice that not only are the Leki tags on the straps reflective but they are also marked R & L.

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The purpose for this is the grips on the poles have different angles which are designed for maximum control and comfort for their designated hand. If you were to place the pole marked R in your left hand and the pole marked L in your right you will notice a substantial difference in feel and comfort. I did this just to see if there was a difference and it was quite odd feeling.

Shafts:

The shafts are a 3 piece collapsible design. They are made from high grade, heat tempered, aircraft aluminum.

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The finishing process for the shafts consist of a 6 step process.

  1. You have your blank(aluminum)
  2. the process of chemical free grinding is incorporated
  3. a 2nd process of chemical free grinding is performed once again
  4. the shaft is then powder coated
  5. the designs(graphics) are applied
  6. and lastly is a Nanotec coating

The upper section of the shaft is where the grips, straps, and graphics are located. This is the thickest portion of tubing.
You have seen the grips and straps previously so here is a shot of the graphics.

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The middle section of the shaft is a slight bit smaller and the lower portion is even smaller in diameter.

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Both the middle and lower sections of the poles are marked 100cm to 135cm as seen in the above photo.

I actually took the liberty of doing a side by side measurement of the poles collapsed vs fully extended and came up with the following measurements in inches.

Collapsed: 26"

Fully extended: 54.5"

I have a photo of it but its pretty hard to see the tape so you are just going to have to trust me on that one. You do trust me don't you? :)

I would also like to point out that there is a marking on the lower 2 sections of poles that say "stop max" which you can see in the photo below(above 135.) This means that you basically do not want to extend the shafts any further or you will risk not only damage to your poles but also potential damage to yourself.

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Baskets:

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The baskets primary function is to keep the poles sinking into the mud to a minimum.I measured them in at 2" as you see in the photo below.

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Also you will notice the cut-out in the basket. This is utilized to clip the poles together when not in use for transportation purposes.

The baskets are easily removed with the "righty-tighty, lefty-loosey" method (tip up.) This is for either the replacement of the stock baskets or to swap the smaller baskets out for snowflake baskets that are available through retailers.

Tips:

The tips on the poles are what Leki refers too as their Carbide Flextip. I have to say I am quite impressed with these tips. Whether its slick-rock, ice, or anything else that I have planted them on while on the trail they have stayed put. I have the utmost faith in them.

Another nice feature about this tip is that itcan bend up to 30° without damaging the pole shafts. They are alsoreplaceable.

Here is a photo of the Flextip without the basket.

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Techy stuff on the inside...

Super Lock System (SLS):

I trust these poles with my life and I have on more than one occasion done exactly that. I have no doubt in the capabilities of the lock system. I have used them in various conditions over many miles and I have not ever had any type ofoccurrencein regards to the poles slipping out of adjustment or collapsing. They are very stable and that is putting it very mildly.

These poles utilize Leki's Super Lock System. I have heard the whole Flick Lock/Super Lock debate many times and I have also heard of some of the problems that people have with the Super Lock System.

The biggest problem I have heard is that people twist the poles to no end and they don't lock.This is actually caused by user error. This happens when one overly turns the shafts too many times counter clock wise(tip up) too loosen them for the purpose of collapsing or extending and the red expander in the lock system runs off the threaded bolt it travels on.

This is easily remedied by taking the poles apart andre-threadingthe expander.

You do not have to turn the shafts many times to get them to lock or to loosen them for adjustment.

Tightening- with the tip up turn the shafts clockwise until you feel them tighten. You do not have to wrench on them to get the locks to engage.

Loosening- with the tip up turn the shafts counter clockwise until you feel them loosen. Once again you do not have to max them out. If you stick with this method you will experience no problems with this system. I haven't.

All of the components to this lock system arereplaceablethrough Leki.

See pic below for clarification.

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In the above photo the blue (16mm) lock set-up on the right is the middle section and the green (14mm) one on the left is the lower section. Notice on the lower section in between the green lock and the shaft itself there is an exposed thin metal rod? This is the Soft Antishock System Lite that is incorporated into the pole.

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There is approximately .5" of travel with this system as seen in the above photo. It works very well. I have not experienced any harsh bottoming out or rebound issues with this system. Its just enough. Not too little, not too much. Its just plain and simply put... Perfect as it is.

Accessories:

Leki has a few optional accessories for these poles. The number 1 item on my list is the Aergon Photo Adapter. Think mono-pod. Hey I like pictures (isn't it obvious?)

Here is a link for a list of the accessories offered by Leki for their lines of trekking poles.

http://www.leki.com/trekking/accessories.php

Areas and Conditions of use:

I have used these poles on quite a few weekend journeys on the Laurel Ridge here in Sw Pa. as well as a few 80 mile trips on the LHHT in various weather situations. Cold with snow, hot & humid weather, rain, rain, and more rain...

I have to say through all of these different temperature ranges and conditions not once did I lose faith in the capabilities of these poles.

Summary:

The Leki Thermolite Aergon XL Antishock is an awesome set of poles with a rather long name.

I have put many, many miles on these poles and I have to honestly say that there is absolutely not one thing that I dislike about them.

They have saved my tail quite a few times when my footing wasn't as solid as I anticipated. Like I said previously I trust them with my life.

When using poles in general I have noticed that I develop a rhythm. They have increased my speed on trail, saved my tail from quite a few ER trips(maybe worse,) saved my knees, and they have kept me moving on long mileage days(30+) when my legs wanted to call it quits.

I can honestly say that I will not hit the trail without my trekking poles due to the significant benefits that I have experienced from using them.

They have definitely made their place in my collection of gear and I cannot recommend them enough.

Let's face it. Yes they are expensive...

Then again how expensive are they when compared to a trip to the ER and the days off work from an injury on the trail that may have very well been prevented by using a pair of trekking poles? Not very expensive at all as far as I am concerned.

On trail(LHHT):

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In closing:

I hope if nothing else you have gained a little knowledge in general in regards to the mechanical aspects, technology implemented, and just the over-all benefit of using a set of trekking poles on your travels.

Thanks for taking the time to read this review. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed sharing my experiences with you.

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Happy hiking — Rick

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Update: February 2, 2012

I have since added the Leki Aergon Photo Adapter to my poles. For anyone out there who owns a set of Lekis with the Aergon grips and loves to take photos I highly recommend this conversion.

I also added snowbaskets for winter use.

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I have hammered on these poles through four seasons and I have to say I am very happy with them.

They still look new... well the tips and baskets show wear which is to be expected (both of which are easily replaced for around $20 USD combined).

With the addition of the Photo Adapter I have to say I am really happy. The Photo Adapter makes life a lot easier for me compared to the past where I was taking self portraits with the cam in one hand while trying to maintain balance and making sure I made it in the pic as originally intended.

See pics below:

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What an awesome product Leki has here, and now an awesome set of poles withmono-pod capabilities.

I couldn't be happier with my purchase andwould purchase this set-up again in a heartbeat.

I will be firing out a review on the Photo Adapter in the not so distant future.

Update From July 2012 trip:


During my last trip week long solo trip on the LHHT I encountered an odd problem with these poles. I extended them as they normally would but they would not unlock so I could collapse them. This happened with both poles.

I could turn the shafts but they would not unlock regardless of how hard I tried.

I contacted Leki and they sent me out brand new middle & bottom sections for both poles as replacements as well as new tips.

When I contacted Leki they told me that this was an issue that they were not familiar with but nevertheless replacement shafts were already on their way from the warehouse.

Kudos to Leki for taking care of my issue.

Regardless it was still a problem that effected the performance of the product so I am deducting 1 star from the rating.

If I wanted poles that didn't collapse I would be carrying ski poles on trail...

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FAQs

Are Leki good poles? ›

I love my Leki Micro Vario Ti COR-TEC poles. They fold up really small, are lighter weight than other aluminum poles and best of all they aren't carbon fiber. The trade-off with carbon fiber poles weight is durability. I'd rather keep the extra ounce or two in trade for much stronger and durable pole.

What is the lightest trekking pole? ›

At around 9-10 ounces per pair depending on the size, the Distance Carbon Z is Black Diamond's lightest trekking pole and great for minimalists (they are so light and packable that they've even become popular with long-distance trail runners).

What is Anti Shock Walking Pole? ›

The anti-shock system is an additional spring in the pole's expander. It can be "activated" or "de-activated" according to whether you want a pole that dampens impacts with the ground or a stiffer, classic pole.

Why use Trekking Poles? ›

Trekking poles act as another set of limbs to give you more stability when tackling tricky terrain. Poles can help you keep your balance when crossing swiftly moving water, traversing snowfields and ice patches, trekking along narrow ridgelines, and when going up or down hill on loose ground like sand or scree.

Where is Leki made? ›

The majority of LEKI products are manufactured in our factory in the Czech Republic.

How much should I spend on trekking poles? ›

Trekking poles can cost anywhere from $20 to $200. Spend at least $60; anything less and they'll break after a few uses. The sweet spot is $150, which typically means carbon fiber, lightweight, packable, easily adjustable and durable.

What hiking poles are best? ›

Best overall trekking poles

The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork is one of Gerber's top recommendations. “It's very good and very highly rated by a lot of our guides,” she says. The simple, three-part telescoping shaft is secured by two sturdy flick locks on each pole that are easy to use.

What length should my trekking pole be? ›

Generally speaking, walking poles should reach the top of your palm when your arm is down by your side with your forearm held out in front of you at 90 degrees to your body. Essentially the top of the handle should be at waist or hip level and your elbow at 90 degrees.

What is the ideal maximum length of trekking poles? ›

51 inches

How do you use Denali walking poles? ›

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How do you adjust a Eurohike walking pole? ›

How to Adjust and Use Trekking Poles - YouTube

What is the difference between a walking stick and a trekking pole? ›

4 Nordic walking poles are more sporty and work better on smoother terrain, including hills and most coastal paths. Trekking poles are better for rocky, uneven and mountainous terrain.

What is the difference between hiking and trekking? ›

Whereas the definition of hiking includes the word “walk”, something typically seen as jovial, easy and pleasant, trekking is defined as a “journey”, which is typically something that is more challenging, requires more effort and that tends to take more than one day.

Do hiking poles help knees? ›

Advocates of trekking poles say they decrease pressure on the knees, especially going up or down hill. And advocates of Nordic walking (a type of exercise walking) maintain that the poles help with walking even on a level surface.

Who owns LEKI poles? ›

In the company founded by his parents, Klaus Lenhart served his apprenticeship as a toolmaker. At 19 years old he took over the management of the company together with his older sister (21 years old) and his brother (23 years old).

Can you put trekking poles in carry on? ›

According to TSA, ski and hiking poles are not allowed as carry-ons, but walking canes are allowed, provided “they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed.”

How do you break down LEKI poles? ›

  1. Position your sticks. I hope that your gnome will be more helpful than ours.
  2. Pull your (Leki) trekking poles apart. Loosen each section of your pole by turning. ...
  3. Unscrew the expander. Turn toward you according to the photo. ...
  4. Remove the expander. ...
  5. Clean. ...
  6. Reassemble. ...
  7. Repeat.
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How do seniors use walking sticks? ›

Modified Nordic Walking Technique for Older Adults - YouTube

Do you need two hiking poles? ›

If you are hiking over difficult, slippery terrain, or if you need to cross rivers, then carrying two trekking poles can be hugely beneficial. If you are embarking on a shorter hike that is not too challenging, then perhaps just one pole would be sufficient. Others would choose to do the same hike without any poles.

How do you walk with walking poles? ›

How to use walking poles - YouTube

How do you lock Leki walking sticks? ›

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Are trekking poles good for walking? ›

Trekking poles can also:

Improve your power and endurance when walking uphill. Aid balance on uneven trails. Improve posture, making walkers more upright as they walk and in turn this can help breathing. Increase speed, especially going downhill.

Can you use just one hiking pole? ›

Hiking with one pole or walking stick gives greater benefits than not using a hiking pole at all. However, using two poles will allow you to get a more symmetrical workout, provide more balance, enhance endurance, and even boost your overall speed. Realistically, a single hiking pole is better than no pole at all.

What size walking poles do I need? ›

Generally speaking, walking poles should be the height from the top of your palm (when your arm is down by your side) with your forearm held out in front of you at 90 degrees to your body. Essentially the top of the handle should be at waist/hip level and your elbow at 90 degrees.

How do you balance with a walking stick? ›

Try not to lean too far to one side or too far forward. While it is OK to put weight on the walking stick, try to keep your centre of balance close to the body. As you walk, only swing the stick as far in front of you as your leg would normally reach, so as not to overextend your arm.

How do you size a walking stick? ›

To measure someone for a walking stick, ask them to stand with their weight evenly on both feet, looking straight ahead and with their arms relaxed by their sides. You then need to measure from the floor to the prominent bone of the wrist. This is the length of walking stick required.

How tall should a walking stick be for a 6 foot man? ›

For people who are shorter than 4' 8", we generally recommend a 41-inch stick. For people who are shorter than 5' 4", we recommend a 48-inch stick. For people who are between 5' 4" and 5' 11", we recommend a 55-inch stick. For adults over 5' 11", we recommend a 58-inch stick.

How do people walk with two walking sticks? ›

Falls Prevention - Safe use of Mobility Aids - Walking stick (May 2016)

How long should a Nordic walking pole be? ›

The optimal length for your nordic walking poles is 122 cm.

Just started Walking? in this case, we recommend a slightly shorter pole at 119 cm.

Which walking stick is best for elderly? ›

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  4. Carex Soft Grip Cane. ...
  5. Harvy Derby Scorched Cherry Hardwood Cane. ...
  6. Travelon Walking Seat and Cane. ...
  7. Duro Med Wooden Walking Canes. ...
  8. Self Defense Plain Jane.
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Why is Nordic walking better than walking? ›

Walking with Nordic poles burns more calories and works more muscles than conventional walking. Picture a brilliant blue sky over a vast field of fresh, fluffy snow. The air is crisp and cold, and you're suited up on skis, ready to propel yourself across the expanse of white for a day of cross-country skiing.

Can I Nordic walk with trekking poles? ›

While you can use Nordic walking poles for stability if you prefer their grips, you can't use trekking poles for the Nordic walking technique.

Which is more difficult hiking or trekking? ›

Difficulty

It takes physical preparedness and training to trek for days without stopping. It's an activity that takes a lot of time, goes through different terrains, and requires mental and physical preparedness. On the other hand, hiking is a leisure activity. It can be done by many even if they haven't hiked before.

Is hiking better than walking? ›

In general, hiking burns more calories than walking because it utilizes steeper paths. Yet, per half an hour, hiking burns fewer calories than running. This form of outdoor exercise offers several benefits, including improvements in weight loss, mental health, and lower body strength.

What distance is considered a hike? ›

Also, the criteria I discussed in the section above – being on a natural surface, gaining elevation, and going for more at least 3 miles – are things that can be achieved by someone who simply went for a walk too.

Do trekking poles damage trails? ›

Extensive use of trekking poles on popular trails can tear up soft soil, damage trailside vegetation, and scar rocks. The good news is, you can reduce those damaging effects by following a few best practices. Be mindful of the potential environmental and visual impacts where you plant your poles.

How do I stop my knees hurting when hiking? ›

How to avoid knee pain on the trail
  1. Use trekking poles.
  2. Try a knee brace or kinesio tape.
  3. Drink plenty of water.
  4. Avoid locking your knees when hiking downhill — keep them slightly flexed, and go slow.

How much weight do hiking poles take off knees? ›

Many articles quote a 1999 study that says using trekking poles takes up to 25% of the strain off of your knees.

How much do trekking poles weigh? ›

Most carbon fiber trekking poles weigh 12-18 ounces (340-510 grams) per pair. To compare, aluminum trekking poles typically weigh 18-22 ounces (510-625 grams) per pair. Carbon fiber is lighter because it is less dense than aluminum.

What is the difference between walking poles and trekking poles? ›

4 Nordic walking poles are more sporty and work better on smoother terrain, including hills and most coastal paths. Trekking poles are better for rocky, uneven and mountainous terrain.

Can you take trekking pole on a plane? ›

According to TSA, ski and hiking poles are not allowed as carry-ons, but walking canes are allowed, provided “they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed.”

Is Nordic walking better than walking? ›

Walking with Nordic poles burns more calories and works more muscles than conventional walking. Picture a brilliant blue sky over a vast field of fresh, fluffy snow. The air is crisp and cold, and you're suited up on skis, ready to propel yourself across the expanse of white for a day of cross-country skiing.

Do carbon fiber trekking poles break? ›

Why I'm DONE using CARBON FIBER trekking poles - YouTube

Are folding trekking poles better? ›

The primary benefit folding trekking poles, or hiking poles in general, is that they provide is their portability. Because they fold up, they'll take up less space in your pack. In fact, most non-folding poles are too long to fit in a pack in the first place.

Are walking sticks good for seniors? ›

Older adults have found that walking poles can reduce load-bearing weight on their knees, hips and spine. "They found a very simple tool that with very basic training they could enjoy the outdoors, get exercise and rotate their spine," Paley says. "You are using muscles that support and elongate the spine."

Should you use 1 or 2 walking sticks? ›

Often, their tips are hardened carbide steel, with the ability to “set” into rock and soil to provide traction. Hikers often ask how two trekking poles are better than one “regular” walking stick. The simplest answer to this question is that poles give symmetrical support that one stick does not.

What is the correct way to walk with a walking stick? ›

How to use a cane
  1. Hold your cane in the hand that's opposite the side that needs support.
  2. Position the cane slightly to the side and about 2 inches forward.
  3. Move your cane forward at the same time as you step forward with your affected leg.
  4. Hold the cane steady in place as you walk forward with your unaffected leg.
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How do I choose a walking stick? ›

Measure from the floor to the wrist bone of the arm you would normally use with the stick. Alternatively if you are cutting down a wooden stick then turn the stick upside down and measure on the stick where the wrist bone is. This measurement is the ideal height of walking stick for this user.

Do you have to check trekking poles? ›

You can't just bring a walking stick or a cane without a medical need for a mobility aid. This traveler thought if they had hiking poles without a sharp spike they might be permitted in hand luggage, but the TSA replied that “all hiking poles must be packed in checked bags”.

Can hiking poles go in checked luggage? ›

The TSA does not allow you to bring hiking poles in your carry on luggage. The TSA in the United States explicitly states this in their posted rules and regulations for carry on luggage. Although, they are allowed in checked luggage.

Does TSA allow walking sticks? ›

Yes, you can take your walking cane on an airplane if you require it for assistance and mobility. The TSA will allow a walking cane or walking stick and other devices like walking chairs required for personal use and safety on an airplane.

Is Nordic walking safe for seniors? ›

Nordic walking involves not only the muscles from your lower body but also those from your arms and upper back in order to move the poles. It is a safe and effective exercise for healthy older adults and in people with chronic health conditions.

Is Nordic walking good for your knees? ›

An exercise like Nordic walking can help reduce the pain and stiffness of arthritis because it maintains mobility and keeps muscles strong enough to support joints.

Does Nordic walking tone arms? ›

Nordic walking tones your arms beautifully so make sure you focus on the following: Tricep power: Your triceps (aka bingo wings) are at the back of your upper arm. Concentrate on using them, not your neck and shoulders, when you push the pole backwards.

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