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    Default Trekking poles...

    What is the proper height adjustment for t. poles?
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    arms bent at 90 degree angle while holding poles on level ground.
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    Here's a video on trekking pole usage that might help you:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skXVMA5nShA

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    Quote Originally Posted by royalusa View Post
    Here's a video on trekking pole usage that might help you:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skXVMA5nShA
    Generally a pretty good video royalusa. However, I've never seen any hiker stop along the AT to continuously adjust their poles when approaching a "long descent or ascent" as Kristen mentioned. Just too many ups and downs encountered during a typical day.

    Better to adjust them slightly lower and increase or decrease the angle of tip placement as you hike along. This means landing the tip just ahead of your stride when going downhill and and just behind your stride on the uphills.

    Cheers!

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    I agree with Spokes. Doesn't seem feasible to keep changing them. One thing I like about my Black Diamond Trail Shocks is that the grip extends down the shaft so you can grip lower.
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    I agree with both Jax and Spokes.I put my hands thru the straps and use the straps and my wrist to support my weight.On desents i cup the top of the grip with the palm of my hand.That lengthens the pole.But i'm no pro and i'm sure there are many ways to utilize them.Bully Bob
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    I agree with Jax, Spokes and rjjones, and am torn between keeping my heavy BD adjustable poles I can compress down and strap to my pack, or a pair of properly sized, lightweight poles that don't collapse ...
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    Or! Go with The lightweight Lekis and have the Best of All!

    of course, I Am the Leki guy..8)
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    properly sized but does not collapse is an oxymoron,..trekking/hiking trails change, needs change..
    while on the AT, adjustments are seldom, other trails offer different challenges.
    and stowing to hitch, travel, etc...adjustable.
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    of course, you *are* the Leki guy ...

    I'm kinda liking these:
    http://www.rei.com/product/813391
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    Nice. I was wondering myself.

    Thanks !
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