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How To: Adjust Trekking Pole Straps Effectively

It may seem obvious but there's a right way and a wrong way to strap on those trekking poles. Get it right with this simple tutorial for maximum comfort and utility.
Photos by Jennifer Howe /
  • Set up the straps so the webbing lies in a conical, half-twist shape with the open end upward.
  • Put your hand upwards toward the pole handle, completely through the strap.
  • Settle the pole handle so it sits between thumb and forefinger, with the broad strap running across the back of your hand.
  • Adjust the strap tension so it supports your hand without requiring you to grip the poles tightly.
  • When properly used and adjusted, trek pole straps let you put serious force on the pole, even with a relaxed grip...
  • ...and the pole will easily follow your hand at the end of every arm swing, allowing for a natural, secure stride.
Set up the straps so the webbing lies in a conical, half-twist shape with the open end upward.
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Set up the straps so the webbing lies in a conical, half-twist shape with the open end upward.


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Excellent photo tutorial. I use a similar technique with a slightly different strap - one with a buckle that sits at the back of the hand. I find the key is to make sure that the buckle doesn't lie across the bottom edge of the hand, where the strap isn't held as tightly and its difficult to get to the strap to tighten it.

With it at the top end of the hand, these problems go away.

I also find that this type of pole strap is not set up to properly sit smoothly around the wrist and palm. To fix that, I undo the strap and give it a half twist and do it up again. The direction of the twist should be clear if your are holding the pole and pass the strap around your wrist. Don't forget to use the other hand to adjust the other pole, otherwise you will end up with two left-handed or two right-handed setups.
— Doug F

The problem with this is that the strap tail is between your hand and the grip, this I find irritating, I have rethreaded my strap, (you can drift the pin out) so that the tail emerges at the top
— Hugh


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