If you are doing research before joining the more than 80,000 customers that have rented our camping and travel gear, or have already received your camping gear rental package from us, here's the page to learn a bit more about the setup and operation of specific camping or travel equipment before you head out on your next trip.
The information below provides more details on how to use the hiking poles we rent, but we encourage you to give us a call or find more resources online if more details are needed. For more information on this rental item including rates, check out the main product page at Rent Trekking Poles - Pair. There are more how-to pages on nearly all of our most popular rental items; find most at our video and user guide to rentals main page .
Most of the trekking poles we rent have 3 sections - the handle part plus 2 extensions. The extensions will have measurement markings on them so you can set each section to about the same length, but it doesn't have to be exact. Generally, you want the length of the poles when extended to allow your arms to be at about a 90' angle when on level ground. When going down hill, extend longer as every step in front of you is lower. Shorten the poles a couple of inches if on a long uphill climb.
The extensions are fixed into the proper length by pole locks. Most of the ones we rent are like these below, utilizing thumb latching. Some are fixed into place with a twisting knob motion. For the thumb locking ones, you can adjust the tension in the lock by adjusting the knurled set screw.
Our rental hiking poles will also have adjustable wrist straps. You may not need to use the straps, but they are helpful especially going uphill. Adjust the straps by first pulling up on the strap to release the lock in the top of the handle.
Adjust the strap loop to be tight enough to engage your wrist bones, but loose enough to be able to easily remove your hand from the loop should you start to fall.
Here is an overview video on how to use the rental hiking poles