Not Just for Hikers…

In Europe, where hiking is a national sport, all the trampers seem to use hiking poles. At first glance, poles seem like a silly idea. They look cumbersome and unnatural. But the Europeans have been doing this for a long time and are onto something!

Hiking poles relieve pressure on the back and knees, particularly downhill. They provide balance and allow the motivated hiker to go down steep grades quickly. Like outriggers, they provide balance and stability. Like ski poles, they help walkers establish pace and rhythm. 

These poles are helpful for seniors who often have hip, back, and knee problems.

LEKI makes a good hiking pole. Their poles even have built-in shock absorbers! You can find these poles at REI.