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What do trekking poles do?

Why do you need trekking poles? Although trekking poles are not essential for hiking trips, they can make your hike more pleasant by providing additional support and stability, especially on rough terrain. The main flaw of hiking trekking poles is the fact that you need to find room for them in your gear when you aren’t using them. But many hikers and backpackers find that the pros outweigh the cons. Some key factors in favor of trekking poles include:

  • Stability: Trekking poles provide stability on steep or uneven surfaces, such as steep hills and loose rocks, or water crossings.
  • Less stress on joints: trekking poles help relieve the knee, ankle and hip pain often associated with hiking.
  • Improve posture: often backpackers find themselves hunched over as they bear the weight of their pack on their back, a pair of Leki hiking poles allow the user to apply forward pressure with their arms allowing them to straighten their back and bear the additional weight more naturally.


Visit a Sun & Ski Sports shop in your area to find out more about the different types of Leki hiking poles for a range of conditions.

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