Walking Sticks and Cane, provider of premium quality walking and hiking sticks, offers a variety of walking sticks for hiking that you can rely on. If you enjoy traversing trails, hiking through canyons, or simply walking in the park, the use of hiking sticks will make the adventure much safer and easier on your body.
Throughout Europe, they are much more prevalent than here in the U.S., and on any Volksmarch or hiking tour, you will see many hiking poles made from wood or aluminum. Many even use their winter ski poles as walking sticks during all the other seasons.
Contrary to popular belief, hiking sticks are not just for old people. Women and men of all ages utilize them because of the many benefits that they gain from the use of walking sticks. For one, hiking sticks will help you gain balance, which will prevent you from slipping and falling when traversing steep terrains, slippery stream crossings or downhill slopes.
Next, aside from being beneficial for your safety, using walking sticks also lessens the possibility of physical injury. Studies about the biomechanics of hiking revealed that using two sticks when hiking reduces the stress placed on the joints and prevents the recurrence of knee pain when hiking downhill. Significantly, they will help prolong the life of your back and knees, absorbing shock and giving you extra balance when crossing ravines.
The term hiking sticks is a general term which is now used interchangeably between any type of walking stick for hiking or staffs.
Typically, the difference between a hiking stick and a hiking staff is size and balance. While they are both designed for active use (unlike canes, which are specifically for weak or injured legs), a stick is about 40 to 48 inches, depending on the user’s size.
The hiking staff on the other hand, can be five to seven feet tall. It was originally a necessity used by people who hiked or walked a lot outdoors. It was a source of protection on the road against thieves as well as a firm way to keep animals in line. Eventually it became a symbol of power and strength, then over time social prestige as well. For example, rulers of the Egyptian culture carried staffs almost as large as six feet. Scepters were carried by royalty who had power in the Middle ages. And ancient Greek gods were depicted with staff in hand. These examples are of the perceived authority that the stick symbolized, rather than the actual use of a walking aid.
In purchasing a walking stick, it is important to take into consideration its weight, height (if it is adjustable), grip comfort, tips, camera mounts and if it is foldable or collapsible (for ease of storage and portability). The grip or handle on it may be a good support grip or not, depending on what it has been marketed for. Because the term is broad, it covers any form of pole with support handles as well as uncomfortable handles, no handle, or a knob handle. It may have a rubber tip or flat metal tip, or even a hiking spike. Thank you for shopping with us.