Trekking Poles
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The Wilderness Shop stocks Melbourne's best range of lightweight hiking poles from Exped, Leki and Masters. Bushwalking poles have become an essential piece of kit for walkers, because poles greatly improve balance and reduce strain on knee and back joints. All of our walking poles are made from the highest-grade materials and are available in a range of lengths and weights.


leki walking poles

 

 

 

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LEKI
MICRO VARIO Carbon 2019
$349.95 (pair)

LEKI
MICRO VARIO Carbon LADY 2019
$349.95 (pair)

LEKI
Carbon TA XTG 2019
$299.95 (pair)

Extremely light carbon Z-fold pole packs down compactly. Adjustable length.

Women’s design. Extremely light carbon Z-fold pole packs down compactly. Adjustable length.

Very, very light. Anything made of carbon fibre is more expensive, but extremely light.

 

 

 

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LEKI
CRESSIDA 2019
$259.95 (pair)

LEKI
MAKALU 2019
$239.95 (pair)

LEKI
KHUMBU LITE 2019
$199.95 (pair)

Designed for women. Narrower, lighter, shorter.

Classic hiking pole with comfortable grip and intuitive SpeedLock 2. Aluminium shaft for durability.

Narrower, lighter, has a cork-like grip that customers love.

 

 

 

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LEKI
KHUMBU AS 2019
$219.95 (pair)

LEKI
JOURNEY LITE AS 2019
$179.95 (pair)

LEKI
TRAIL 2019
$159.95 (pair)

The 'AS' in Khumbu AS stands for 'Anti-shock', which is a useful feature if you have bad wrists or elbows. (Anti-shock dampens vibration.)

LEKI's 'LITE' poles are typically narrower and lighter.

Basic handle. Fat, strong diameter. The only twist-lock in our current LEKI range. (Twist-locks are stronger, so this is a good option if you are a larger person.)

 

 

 

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LEKI
Micro City Vario
$149.95 (single)

LEKI
Makalu
$239.95 (pair)

LEKI
Cressida AS
$269.95 (pair)

Single Z-fold pole packs down compactly.

Classic hiking pole with comfortable grip. Aluminium shaft for durability.

Designed for women. Narrower, lighter and shorter. Anti-shock.

 

 

 

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LEKI
Wanderfreund SL
$124.95 (single)

 

 

Made from high-strength aluminium for universal use.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

masters trekking poles

 

 

 

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MASTERS
TRECIME 2019
434G (PAIR)
$219.95 (PAIR)

MASTERS
TRECIME CARBON 2019
380G (PAIR)
$259.95 (PAIR)

MASTERS
TRECIME CARBON 2018
390G (PAIR)
$259.95 (PAIR)

Trail running pole made from AluTech 7075. Z-fold.

Carbon trail running pole with pack size of 35cm. Very strong, very light. Z-fold.

Carbon trail running pole. Very strong, very light. Z-fold.

 

 

 

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MASTERS
TRECIME TOUR 2019
510G (PAIR)
$219.95 (PAIR)

MASTERS
TRECIME TOUR CARBON 2019
452G (PAIR)
$259.95 (PAIR)

MASTERS
SHERPA ANTISHOCK CSS 2019
504G (PAIR)
$139.95 (PAIR)

Trekking pole made from AluTech 7075. Pack size 40. Z-fold. Carbide tip.

Trekking pole made from Calu® Tech 100% full carbon. Strong and light. Z-fold. Carbide tip.

Ultra-strong trekking pole made from AluTech 7075. Pack size 65cm. Anti-shock. Telescopic.

 

 

 

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MASTERS
Sherpa Calu
500g (Per pair)
$149.95 (pair)

MASTERS
EIGER CALU 2019
480G (PAIR)
$189.95 (PAIR)

MASTERS
EIGER 2019
544G (PAIR)
$159.95 (PAIR)

Ultra-strong trekking pole made from Calu® Tech.

Ultra-strong trekking pole made from Calu® Tech. Pack size 66cm. Telescopic. Winglock. Carbide tip.

Award-winning ultra-strong trekking pole made from AluTech 7075. Pack size 70cm. Telescopic. Winglock. Carbide tip.

 

 

 

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MASTERS
SUMMIT LIGHT
440G (PAIR)
$119.95 (PAIR)

MASTERS
SUMMIT LIGHT WOMENS
416G (PAIR)
$119.95 (PAIR)

MASTERS
Tiny Lite
420 (pair)
$119.95 (pair)

Simple trekking pole. Made from AluTech 7075. Pack size 61cm. Carbide tip.

Simple, women's trekking pole. Made from AluTech 7075. Pack size 58cm. Carbide tip. Lighter than the men's version.

Another simple, light aluminium trekking pole.

 

 

 

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Promenade
275g (single)
$49.95 (single)

 

 

Recreational single pole made from AluTech 7075. Pack size 76cm. T bi-injection band strap. Clamper blocking system. Steel tip.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Lightwieght Bushwalking Poles

The benefits of bushwalking with Trekking Poles

You’d be mad not to use hiking poles. Walking poles help uphill and downhill, take some pressure off your knees and are almost essential with the river crossings. You might ask: “One or two?” Two. You get much better balance and drive that way.

So, what are the pros and cons of trekking poles? By using trekking poles you reduce the load on your feet, legs and back by 15 to 20 per cent. The effect is most noticeable going downhill, but when using poles going uphill you get a lot more drive and propulsion. On flat ground, trekking poles really help you to increase your stride length, which also increases walking speed.

There are few, if any, cons when using trekking poles. Occasionally, if the scrub is too thick, swinging poles will catch, and at these times it’s probably more convenient to strap them to your pack until the track is more clear. Other times, it’s convenient to have free hands, such as if you are scrambling through boulders and want your hands to take some weight.

 

 

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What to look for in Walking Poles

When you're choosing a pair of trekking poles, the first thing you need to consider is what length you'll need. Hiking poles need to be long enough to touch the ground when your arms are bent at 90 degrees, when you're walking on flat ground. When you're going downhill, you will need to lengthen your walking poles a by about 5 to 10 centimetres, because you will need to reach down further.

Next, you consider the weight of the trekking poles. Since you will be carrying them all day, poles that are too heavy will fatigue your arms. A lightweight pair of walking poles will be barely noticeable, and therefore you get the most benefit from the trekking poles. Of course, how heavy the poles feel is dependent on factors such as your height and strength. If you have a big build, you will need a sturdier pole.

Another difference between walking poles are the type of locking mechanisms they employ. Flick-locks are the quickest way to secure the pole in place, but twist-lock poles provide a slightly stronger hold. On the lower segment, some Exped poles (which we stock sometimes) use two square push buttons, which snap quickly into place and prevent rotation.

 

 

Kerry with Exped Pole

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One year in February, I spent two weeks walking in Tasmania with trekking poles. We walked to Frenchmans Cap via the 'soddon Loddon' Plains, visited the Western Arthurs and climbed Mount Anne.

I have found trekking poles a definite must on any trip where I am carrying a heavy pack or walking through rough terrain. The 'soddon Loddon' had me knee-deep in mud, so I used my walking poles to haul myself along. On Frenchmans Cap, I used them for balance on the rocky ascent and descent. I especially like the features on high-end poles, such as the long, soft-foam handles (useful in undulating terrain) and the three-pole structure, which packs down compactly.

 

 

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