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Why do some hiking poles have baskets?

When choosing hiking poles, the first things you think of will likely be the weight, cost, and material of hiking poles and the shock-absorbing features of anti shock trekking poles. But it’s important to remember some other features of hiking poles that vary by model and manufacturer in order to find the walking hiking poles that are right for you.

Don’t forget to check out these features when you are choosing hiking poles:

  • Straps: When you try out hiking poles, pay attention to the wrist straps to make sure they feel comfortable and secure.
  • Extenders: Some hiking poles have extended grips, so look for these if you want the option to grasp a pole further down. (This lower grip can be helpful on short uphills when you don’t want to bother adjusting the height of your hiking poles.)
  • Baskets: Baskets on hiking poles provide extra support in snowy or muddy conditions. Many types of trekking poles, such as the Leki Summit Antishock Trail Trekking Poles, are designed so the baskets can be removed or changed as conditions require.

Visit your local Sun & Ski Sports shop for expert advice about the straps, grip extenders, and baskets available for walking hiking poles.

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