G'day guys, it's Ben from Snowys here and today we're having a quick look at ourrange of trekking poles.
Now the reality is is that a trekking pole is asindividual as a person that owns it, so there's lots of different options outthere, so we're going to go through some of the the differences between the polesand that way you can actually help you work out which one's best for you.
So we'llstart off with the handles, now there's four main options when it comes to handles, thisfirst one here is a rubber handle.
Now, not great for sweat absorption, it isrelatively comfortable but you are more prone to blisters.
If you're going to thesnow or something and you're going to have you know something comfortableunder the glove - grippy under the glove, that's probably your best optionthere.
Next option is again on the cheaper end,now we're looking at a plastic one, so if you want one for short hikes it's good,reasonable price, it's quite comfortable under hand there, they're nice andcontoured but again they're not very great for sweat absorption.
The next oneis your foam handle, now foam handles are quite good for sweat absorption.
Ifyou're like me, then you get really sweaty hands they can get a little bitswampy under there which is not so pleasant but it is better at absorbingthe sweat than the the first two ones.
And the good thing about the foamhandles as well, you'll see is that the, the handle actually extends a fairway down, soif you're climbing uphill for short periods of time, you can actually grip it uphere, you can pull yourself up hill and then you don't have to worry aboutyou shortening it/ lengthening it all the time.
So these are a really great option for,for you know, your undulating territory.
Now, that the fourth option, which is mypersonal preference for me, is your cork.
And the cork again is quite good forsweat absorption but what it also does as well being a natural cork is that overtime it does mould around your hand, so that it'll sort of start to fit yourhands a bit better, bit more comfortable, it wicks the sweat away butdoesn't get swampy under hand as well, so there's your four, your four handleoptions.
Now, the next one we're going to have a quick look at is your pole material, now90% of poles are in alloy - it's a great light, strong material.
Now, the next oneup, which is a bit more expensive and getting a bit lighter just as strong as yourcarbon.
Now they're your two main types.
Now, there's three ways that your poles folddown, they all fold down to be smaller less of a pack size.
You first ie thisflip lock, so is that, as it sounds, you simply flick it up, push it down, youflick it back into place, that locks up - most of them will have two, there you go, nowyou've got a nice small compact pole for popping into your bag or into the carwherever you're putting it.
Now the second option is your, your twist lock, soyou just basically unscrew it, takes a few screws.
Now the thingwith these ones is if you don't screw up all the way up when you're tightening it,you're likely to lose a bit as you're walking and it'll slowly shrink down.
Soyour third option, which is a little bit more fiddly, it's great for people thathave only got a small daypack or trying to save space, is your Z-type.
So,folds down, folds down a little bit more and then it actually comes apart, so itit comes apart into three even sections and the good thing about it as well asit's really easy to pull back in, so you simply just pull up like so, clicks inplace and away you go.
Good to go.
So now the last thing we'regonna have a look at is your tips, now there's this two main types of tips Isuppose, we'll grab one there, one there, so if you look on the end here, you'llnotice a little metal tip and it's called a carbide tip.
Now every polecomes with this but you will find that a few also come with a little rubber cover forit, known as a rubber tip, so that pops off, pops back on again and that's goodfor when you're walking on asphalt and the like, or more built up gravel sort oftracks because it protects your carbide tip.
Now if yours doesn't come with therubber tip, no need to fret, you can buy them as a spare part and simply justslides on over the top of your carbide tip nice and easy, so you can always havea rubber tip if you want it.
You'll notice as well on this pole here that it's gota little what we call a basket, now it's basically just a little plasticpiece that stops you from getting stuck in between rocks or sinking too deep ifyou're in mud, soft ground grass or, or even snow.
Now when you're in somereally soft ground, so probably most likely snow or some really slushy sortof mud there's also what we call a powder basket, which you can get.
Now,these ones are sold separately but they do attach on, these ones come off, attacheson.
Then, you know, it means you're not going to sink too, too far deepinto snow and the like when you're trekking through some some really harshconditions.
So this pretty much covers it when it comes to all of our trekkingpoles, all the different information you might need to find about them.
Now, it probably is worth noting as well that we do have another option when itcomes to handles - this little pistol grip type handle.
It's not a walking polenecessarily, more of a walking stick but you can lean on it, give some goodsupport which, which is good to know.
Now, all of these poles, all the differentcombinations are available online on our websitesnowys.
auWith fast, free delivery Australia-wide.
Until next time,happy trekking.