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Most customers think - "I don't need to rent hiking poles! Those are for older folks with bad knees, not me!" Think again.
Look at it this way, by answering these questions:
Do you ever grab the handrail when going up or down a stairway?
If you step onto the seat of a chair to reach something, do you first grab the back of chair for balance?
Who falls down more - two-legged or four-legged animals?
Poles offer all kinds of benefits, from the obvious - reducing strain on the back, legs and feet - to handy balance assistance while rock-hopping across a creek with a pack on your back. If you grab the hand rail at your office going up one flight of steps because it's "easier" and it gives you a better sense of balance, then just maybe it's a good idea to have the security and strength of an extra set of legs when you're a long way from help.
"But won't my arms get tired", some folks ask. No. Any burden on your arms - and these poles are much lighter than a beer, which you never complained about lifting - is more than offset by the relief on your back, knees, and legs. We rent a variety of high-quality poles from Leki, Black Diamond among others; all models are lightweight with comfortable grips and wrist straps that make them a breeze to handle.
Our standard rental poles are 3-sectioned, light, and super-strong to support even the biggest amongst us. The pole length is adjustable from about 25-55 inches, with easy-to-adjust joints that don't give out while in use. The "upgrade" model has some added features, including a shorter break-down size for easier handling; an antishock feature to lessen strain on elbows; and a foam handle extending down on the shaft that allows you to "choke" down on the pole instead of shortening the length when going uphill for a short distance. While there are several advantage with them, there is a little bit more going on with the upgrade model with the way the segments go together, so watch this brief Leki video before heading out if you've not used the fold-up style before. Also note we carry a limited supply of the upgrade models to rent out; if none are available, we will send the standard ones and manually reduce the rental rate accordingly.
Good quality trekking poles can be a bit expensive - most of the standard ones we rent retail for around $140 - but the pain of writing that check to us is a lot less than the pain of sore knees and toe blisters from long downhill treks. With us, rental is no pain in the wallet or knees. Also, beware thinking you can pickup of a pair at Walmart or Target for just a few bucks. There's a reason, and you don't want to figure that out as you tumble down the hill when they collapse on you.
One not-so-surprising key to happiness with trekking poles is knowing how to best use them. For more info, check out our article on using hiking poles. We usually have used hiking poles for sale as well
The stated rental rate is for a set of two (2) hiking poles.