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.


Set up the straps so the webbing lies in a conical, half-twist shape with the open end upward.


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.

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