When I go backpacking or on bigger day hikes, I like to use my hiking/trekking poles. I feel that they help give me balance, help me get uphill easier, and help protect my knees on the downhill. I use the Black Diamond Z Poles. Here's why I love them:
- lightweight aluminum structure (15oz)
- rapid deployment system
- soft grip for the handles
- three-section fold-able shaft
Prior to using these poles, I used the Leki Adjustable Poles with the lock system. I don't know why I used them, I never needed a different length! With the Black Diamond Poles I love that they can be super compacted yet always be the exact length I want them.
This is what they look like when compacted. Black Diamond also provides a small bag to place them when, when not in use.
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