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Pain Relievers
Grab some trekking poles.
Your knees will thank you.
“FOUR LEGS GOOD! Two
legs bad!” An odd refer-
ence, perhaps, in the context
of hiking. But the old
Orwellianuni00A0catchphrase rings
true on the trail when your
knees start to creak.
REI TRAVERSE
Indeed, a pair of trek-
$69, REI.COM
king poles can serve as a set of
A relative budget buy, the
extra legs, doubling support Traverse has a stout aluminum
for your hips, ankles, and
alloy shaft and soft EVA foam
knees. Every step is dampened
handgrips. The pole’s internal
locking mechanism keeps the
and absorbed—important
three-section telescoping
when wearing a heavy back-
system set in place once
pack—and balance is easier adjusted for length. It slinks
to maintain on a steep slope
down to 26 inches for stowing
with these in hand.
on a backpack.
Here are six trekking
pole options—high-end
and budget buys, with cork
handles and Neoprene straps.
All models shown have
carbide tips to bite the ground.
Some include shock-absorbing
MOUNTAINSMITH
features to further dampen
CARBONLITE PRO
your footprint while plodding
$69, MOUNTAINSMITH.COM
BLACK DIAMOND
down a mountain or hill.
A carbon-based pole at a more
SYNCLINE
affordable cost. That’s the promise
Now, grip a pair of poles
from Mountainsmith with its
$70, BLACKDIAMONDEQUIPMENT.COM
and stride forth. Your pseudo-
Carbonlite Pro, a telescoping model
At about 10 ounces per pole, the
legs will serve to soften each made of carbon-wrapped 7075
aluminum Synclines swing easily in the
step, extending to stab the
aluminum. Add a cork/rubber grip,
hand. The two-section trekking pole is
made for year-round use—just switch
ground as you hike happily on
adjustable wrist straps, built-in
baskets when the snow piles deep. The
) antishock cushion, and you have a
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solid outrigger for your arm at an
company’s FlickLock adjustment system

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extends the poles from 38 to 59 inches.
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easy price.
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