Monday, October 30, 2017

High Trek - introducing our new brand of walking poles

Designed in Finland, High Trek produces a range of quality walking poles that offer excellent value for money. There are 6 poles in the range. 

Entry level poles
The range includes 2 entry level poles made from 6061 aircraftgrade aluminium and are available in both ski-grip (Wanderer) and T-grip (Expedition). These poles include an anti-shock system that provides stability and support as well as helping to ease stress on joints and the lower back.

Higher tensile 7075 poles
The mid-range poles are made of lightweight but durable 7075 aircraft-grade aluminium (higher tensile strength than the 6061 poles) and are available in both twist-lock (Explorer) and cam-lock (Adventurer). The cam-lock pole consists of 3 telescopic sections that lock solidly and securely into place quickly with the camlock adjustment system, which is particularly useful if you have arthritis or if the pole is wet.

Lightweight pole
The Altitude pole is High Trek’s top-of-the-line carbon walking pole, made of 60% carbon fibre and 40% fibreglass. The carbon fibre construction helps keep the weight as minimal as possible without compromising on strength. Carbon fibre also helps to absorb vibrations and shock when walking, and the cam-lock system offers a nofuss solution to adjusting the pole. It features a comfortable EVA ski-grip.

Folding pole
Finally, we have our first compact foldup pole (Nomad) which is extremely travel-friendly, packing down to just 35cm. Made of high-tensile 7075 aircraft-grade aluminium, it features a comfortable EVA ski-grip.

Find out more about High Trek and view the full range here. 


Benefits of using walking poles

Stability and balance
As walking poles provide an extra point of contact with the ground, users are less likely to slip or fall. This is particularly helpful on tricky terrain and navigating around and over obstacles such as streams, river crossings or slippery rocks. A walking pole also helps to distribute some of the weight from your legs to your arms, making heavy loads easier to carry, as well as improving balance.

Walking poles can assist the user in moving faster by helping to create a rhythm with their hands moving in tandem with their feet. With each swing, arms are pushed back on the ground, propelling them forward with each step. This is particularly helpful when wanting to maintain momentum uphill.

Strength and fitness
With walking poles, hikers use upper body muscles they don’t ordinarily engage, like biceps, pectorals and triceps. Regularly engaging these muscles while swinging and placing the walking poles can strengthen these muscles. When used correctly walking poles can significantly increase your pace which has additional health benefits through increased heart rate and oxygen uptake without expending a lot more energy.

Reduced stress on joints
Walking poles help to reduce injury and stress on joints, such as the ankles, knees, and hips, by transferring weight to other parts of the body.