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Poles make hiking a better workout by engaging your upper body. They reduce shock and injury to knees when descending steep slopes.
In addition to helping hikers gain stability and balance, poles can improve the length and duration of your treks. They can also help get you back out on the trails sooner if you’ve been injured.
Hiker Monica Wells walks along the Lake Blanche Trail in Big Cottonwood Canyon in Utah while using poles to help with balance and stability on the uneven terrain.