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#1 Postby Kenton Kestrel » Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:37 pm

Has anyone got any experience of using them? Are they the benefit they claim to be?

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#2 Postby Dartymoor » Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:03 am

I think they make you look a bit silly...

And from what I've seen, the Nordic style are touted as "giving you a full workout while walking" - as in they make it harder than walking without poles? Not sure if I'm right about that.

A single pole or stick has all kinds of applications and can be a help, but I often find it gets in the way so mine stays at home mostly.

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#3 Postby Kenton Kestrel » Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:13 am

Looking a bit silly comes naturally to me.

I was thinking more of taking some of the pressure off the joints. Having already got one false hip at a fairly young age I am trying to avoid another one!

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#4 Postby Sowerby Streaker » Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:24 pm

I use just the one walking pole and its very difficult to letterbox with 2. Need other hand free to check compass and read clues. Also think you need at least one to poke under the rocks just in case something nasty is lurking under there :( Using just the one does make walking a lot easier if you are carrying an injury. I have a dodgy knee so always tend to take a stick with me.

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#5 Postby Nik - KOTM » Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:39 am

I find that a pole is helpful and has stopped me from falling over more than once, which saves the knees, useful for poking under rocks, and the beauty of them is that being telescopic you can put one in a rucksack as well (if you want to use more than one) as being lightweight.
However, I am not sure how much lateral force is required to bend these things yet.
On the whole... definitely worth having
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#6 Postby Fulchet » Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:39 pm

I bought one but didn't really get on with it so went back to an old fashioned wooden walking stick, which is easier to poke holes with. I found the rubber circle part way up the walking pole prevent me from getting into holes and also my hand was at an awkward position holding the pole.
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#7 Postby Tamerton Chocolates » Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:02 am

I usually carry 1 pole. I don't so much use it for walking but it does frequently come in handy when crossing streams, jumping across rocks or checking for boggyness.

I have seen so many adders this year that I kindof hesitate where I stick my hands these days so that is the main reason I carry one.

Unfortunately price does make a bit of a difference. A few years ago I found a very expensive Leki in the middle of no-where and it is definitely much easier to use & carry then the cheapo I was using before.

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#8 Postby blue danube family » Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:02 pm

I use two and have my GPS and compass in my coat pocket.
I bought them very cheaply at the Range are of Plymouth (I think Plympton or was it Plymstock).... Good quality.

Especially usefull for checking under rocks for boxes and I do not want a snake to bite me.


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