Strength for Walking

Designed for strength

Designed for strength

How can a collapsible trekking pole also be strong?

The EarthTrek Pole was designed by two avid hikers in the Sierra Nevada mountains with this question in mind.

Now, world travelers, and everyday walkers have made the collapsible EarthTrek Pole a favorite walking support system.

Compact for walking anywhere.  EarthTrek Pole brings strength back to the hiking pole stick.

How the EarthTrek Hiking Pole Works

  • One of the strongest poles avaialble

    Made of a unique alloy material, using a specially engineered shape at the joints, the EarthTrek Pole provides bend-resistant strength when needed.

  • Safety and Security

    Comfort and trust going down steps, hills and grades.  The EarthTrek hiking pole provides security for the steepest trails

  • Low impact hikes

    Save your knees and legs.  Super strong stick to support your legs. And no more worries of a cracking pole.  The strongest trekking pole made for everyday walkers.

  • Portable: Folding and Collapsible

    Unlike other trekking poles that compress, the EarthTrek Pole packs smaller by folding.  Quick and easy setup. Compact, it is one of the shortest hiker's poles made, making it a good fit for travel and transit, and fitting into backpacks.

  • Ultralight Pole

     How can a hiking pole be both lightweight and strong?  By using a wider design, along with unique alloy materials, the EathTrek Pole provides portable hiking power at 15oz.

  • Simple

    No complicated locks, buttons and twists.  The EarthTrek walking pole has instant setup, and a simple adjustable height button.  Starting and stopping a hike is a breeze.

FAQ

How long is the pole?

Adjustable in 1-inch increments from approx. 49" to 53" in height. (See how to measure for grip height below).  Folds compactly to 12".  See catalog for shorter height pole.

How much does the pole weigh?

The pole weight approx. 15 oz.

How do I know what height is good for me?

How to measure for height: You should measure for your height requirements before purchasing. Ideally, a hiking pole should allow your arm to be at a 90 degree angle at the elbow.  The shortest grip height starts at 46" and the tallest grip starts at 49". You can measure up from the ground and see where your grip would be. Most poles have a 4" grip handle. One inch for each finger to rest. For example: if you adjust the pole for the tallest position, your grip would start at about 49" and end at 53", measured from the ground. For the shortest position, the grip would start at about 45" and end at about 49". There are (5) one inch height adjustments for the pole. In other words, each adjustment raises or lowers your pole length one inch. The pole is shipped with the setting on the shortest adjustment. This pole is not recommended for shorter persons.

(Please see our new shorter version pole for women and those who need a shorter hiking pole. )

Testimonials from EarthTrek Pole users:

"I am completely happy with my trekking poles! Very sturdy, easy to open and breakdown...I've even figured out how to conveniently attach them to my hydro pack while hiking. I am very pleased! :)" - Lisa C.

"Both my wife and myself were very satisfied with our poles. They opened and closed nicely and were quite supportive." - Jerome H.

"Terrific product! I've a hip problem keeping me out of the mountains and the trout streams without a support staff.  . . . 
Now, with the Earth Trek stick, I'm outta the house and in the woods and creeks as often as I please. I can put it in my carry-on luggage on a plane, or I can slip into my motorcycle bag when riding. The thing goes from its folded position to a strong, straight support stick faster than I can say it. Give it a little flick and it comes together. Best money I ever spent on an outdoor product." - G.S.

" . . . More than adequate to support my 200 pounds. Not completely rigid, but stiff and strong enough to inspire confidence. They fold up and travel inside my suitcase." - Kent B.

Why do I need a walking pole?

Simply said, support.  Walking poles provide helpful support for walking, on uphill, flat and downhill surfaces.  They work by distributing the impact and energy from solely through your legs, to your arms, leading to higher upper body strength building.  Reducing impact on your knees.  Stairs, steep trails, uneven ground.  Walking poles give walkers and hikers the confidence needed to go further and in more challenging terrain, leading to greater fitness and health.  

What is the difference between trekking, hiking and walking?

All three are similar.  Walking tends to have the lowest distance and least challenging terrain.  Hiking is typically walking in natural terrain like trails in wilderness.  Trekking is nearly identical to hiking, but can involve multiple hikes and modes of transportation all for one destination or trip.  Most walking poles are suitable for all three (trekking, hiking, and walking)

Are trekking poles useful in cities?

Backpacking in Europe?  Exploring world cities?  Long distances with all the steps required in public transportation, escalators airports, subway, commuter rail, all can be improved with the support that comes from walking poles.  In addition, added security and peace of mind come along with having a strong stick at hand.

What are walking poles used for besides walking?

Pushing aside trail cover and bushes.  Spider webs.  Protection against wildlife.  Deterring people that are searching for vulnerable pedestrians.  

What are the health benefits of walking poles?

Check out our blog below for the health benefits of hiking.  Walking Poles get you there, and bring the added support the move further.

Is two poles better than one pole?

In most cases two poles are better than one pole.  Using two poles provides more even strengthening of the upper body, and balanced pressure.  Only using one pole can at times lead to twisting torque in your spine.  There are some occasions however when one pole is more helpful.  Sometime very narrow trails that require the use of hands to balance on rocks, would be a situation where an extra free hand is needed.  If you use one pole, alternate hands.  This gives rest and balance.  More details are in our Hiking Health topic - Best Treks topic page.

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Buy EarthTrek Pole Folding Hiker's Trekking Pole

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What do hikers say?

Helps with hip problems

Terrific product! I've a hip problem keeping me out of the mountains and the trout streams without a support staff. Heretofore, I've used maple saplings, debarked with a hole for a wrist strap. Not so good, because the wood slips on some surfaces. And it's difficult to take along because of its length. 
Now, with the Earth Trek stick, I'm outta the house and in the woods and creeks as often as I please. I can put it in my carry-on luggage on a plane, or I can slip into my motorcycle bag when riding. The think goes from its folded position to a strong, straight support stick faster than I can say it. Give it a little flick and it comes together. Best money I ever spent on an outdoor product. - Mike G

Supports my weight

This product works! I bought a similar item from another supplier that was trash. Joints were sloppy and it was like leaning on a wet noodle. These poles aren't as rigid as most similar poles that telescope, rather than fold. But they are more than adequate plus they fit in my suitcase for travel. Due to old injuries I need support while walking and these are strong enough and rigid enough that I feel confident trusting my 200 pounds to their support. - Kent Bristol

Easy to open

I am completely happy with my trekking poles! Very sturdy, easy to open and breakdown...I've even figured out how to conveniently attach them to my hydrp pack while hiking. I am very pleased! :) - Lisa C.

Supportive

Both my wife and myself were very satisfied with our poles. They opened and closed nicely and were quite supportive. - Jerome Hollander