Walking / Trekking poles are a useful means of support for the walker.
Poles can provide the walker with greater stability while walking over rough terrain or through challenging weather conditions.
We often have talked about the use of poles with other walkers and recently we posted a article in our advice section on how to best adjust and use them – Trekking Poles – Do I need to use them?
In the article we speak about how it is often difficult to pick the correct pole for your requirements so to help fellow Walk Fifers we are going to feature some of the poles used by our team.
Trepass XCountry Walking Pole
Trespass is one of the UK’s most recognised outdoor clothing retailers with branches throughout the country which the company back up with a comprehensive online shop. Although clothing is thee mainstay of the company for the past 10 years the company has been steadily increasing the production of equipment such as walking poles.
The XCountry is one of Trepass’s mid-range walking poles aimed at the leisurely walker or rambler.
Locking mechanism & adjustment
These adjustable poles are suitable for many adult walkers both male and female. The locking mechanism for each stage of the pole is simple and easy to use and involves twisting the pole until the friction lock releases allowing you to then extend the pole and adjust it’s length to suit your requirements. This locking mechanism can be awkward to use for those who have issues with their hands or for those wearing gloves (especially in wet conditions).
The walking poles are telescopic in nature and have a anti-shock feature concealed within their aluminium construction.
Shock absorbing poles have a sprung internal mechanism that helps to reduce some of the shock from the pole hitting the ground transferring up along the pole and into your body. This helps prevent tiredness and aches setting in across your joints when on a long walk.
The shock absorption is gentle and fairly fluid preventing the annoying springy rebound that some poles in this price bracket suffer from although the additional weight of this feature does make these poles fairly heavy in comparison to others coming in at 350g per pole.
The poles differ slightly from the more common type as they have a curved handle formed from a durable cork / EVA material (almost look a crook shape) and are fitted with a generous adjustable wrist strap.
This kind of handle does allow people to use the poles in the same way they would use a normal everyday walking stick and also allows users with hand issues to get a better grip on the poles when looking for support. Our team found the handles to comfortable and they performed well in terms of grip in wet weather.
The business end…
The mud basket and rubber ferrule are well made and attach to the poles easily. The rubber ferrule can be a little stiff at first to remove but this relaxes through use. The tip of the walking pole itself is of a fairly standard design and metal construction and should last the life of the pole.
The Walk Fife team each tried these poles over many miles and across differing terrains and found them to be a fairly effective. and we think that the Trepass XCountry Walking Pole is good entry level pole for both the walker on a budget and for those requiring a more supportive handle than the norm.