A friend and I are starting the trail in Georgia sometime next month for a section hike. We are on the market for poles, and were wondering what is better for the terrain, she thinks the light poles are better, and I am leaning towards the shock absorbent ones. We are looking at:
black diamond ultra distance trekking pole (which is ultra-light)
black diamond contour elliptic shock trekking pole
Thoughts/suggestions? Neither of us have used poles before, and I am tired of my hands swelling after long hikes. I've read that you all recommend them, so I shall heed your call.