Skills

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.


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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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Settle the pole handle so it sits between thumb and forefinger, with the broad strap running across the back of your hand.

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Adjust the strap tension so it supports your hand without requiring you to grip the poles tightly.

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When properly used and adjusted, trek pole straps let you put serious force on the pole, even with a relaxed grip…

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…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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