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What are some features of grips on hiking poles?

Remember that not all grips are created equal, and the grips of trekking poles vary by manufacturer. The grips on Leki trekking poles are slightly different from the grips on other makes and models of hiking poles.

Here are some key features to keep in mind when selecting hiking poles:

  • Angle: Some types of walking hiking poles have grips that are angled slightly for a more ergonomic fit. But remember that what is ergonomic for one person is uncomfortable for another, so it is important to test the grip of hiking poles before you buy.
  • Handedness: The grips of some hiking poles are designated to be right- or left-handed. If you are choosing trekking sticks or a single pole, be sure you know which hand you are most likely to hold it in, and test the feel with both hands so you can feel comfortable switching hands as needed.
  • Material: The most common materials used in the grips of trekking poles are foam, rubber, and cork. Foam and cork are the best choices for warm-weather hiking because they are the best sweat-absorbers. Rubber grips provide insulation for cold-weather hiking.

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