Trekking Poles

Trekking Poles

The Wilderness Shop Box Hill

The Wilderness Shop stocks Melbourne best range of lightweight hiking poles from Exped, Leki and Masters. Bushwalking poles have become an essential piece of kit for walkers as they greatly improve balance and reduce the 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.

Exped Lite Walking Poles

Exped Lite Walking Poles




Compact SA 135cm
Shock absorber
235 g (single)
$249.95 (pair)

Lite 140cm
225 g (single)

Carbon TiSystem
432 g (Per pair)
$299.95 (pair)

510 g (Per pair)
$209.95 (pair)

Thermolite XL AS
486 g (Per pair)
$289.95 (pair)

Cressida AS
460 g (Per pair)
$269.95 (pair)

Wanderfreund AS
254 g (single)


masters-trecime alu--



275 g (single)
$49.95 (single)

Summit Lite Blue
440 g (Per pair)

Sherpa CSS
580 g (Per pair)
$139.95 (pair)

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

Dolomiti GT Calu
430 g (Per pair)
$219.95 (pair)

CTrecime Alu
444 g (Per pair)
$199.95 (pair)



Lightwieght Bushwalking Poles

The benefits of bushwalking with Trekking Poles

You’d be mad not to use poles. They help uphill and downhill, save your knees, and are almost essential with the river crossings. “One or two?” you may ask. 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%-20%. 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.


What to look for in Walking Poles

The first thing you need to consider when choosing a pair of trekking poles is what length will you need? When walking on flat ground the poles will need to be long enough so that it touches the ground when your arms are bent at 90 degrees. You will need to lengthen the poles a further 5 to 10 centimetres when going downhill, as you will need to reach down further.

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

Another difference between poles are the 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, the Exped poles use two square push buttons which snap quickly into place and prevent rotation.


Exped Trekking Poles review

Kerry with Exped Pole

Last February I spent 2 weeks walking in Tasmania with my Exped Trekking Poles. We walked to Frenchmans Cap via the "soddon Loddon" Plains, visited the Western Arthurs, and climbed Mt Anne.

I have found the trekking poles a definate 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 my poles were used to haul myself along. On Frenchmans Cap, I used them for balance on the rocky ascent and descent. I especially like the features on the Exped poles, such as the extended soft foam handles, useful in undulating terrain, and the three pole sections for compactness.


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The Wilderness Shop has been servicing the needs of bushwalkers, hikers,  rock climbers and xc skiers in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne for over 30  years. The Wilderness Shop has a wide range of hiking gear and climbing equipment including hiking boots, tents (one man and two man), climbing equipment, sleeping bags and led headlamps. We also specialise in outdoor footwear: hiking shoes mens and womens, leather and gore-tex hiking boots. We stock quality canvas hiking packs, bushwalking rucksacks, lightweight trekking packs and quality daypacks. The Wilderness Shop have the best sleeping mats - the exped downmat and self inflating mats - and hiking sleeping bags as well as ultralight sleeping bags. Not to mention our range of trekking maps for Victoria, Tasmania and NSW. The Wilderness Shop is Melbourne's best rock climbing store, stocking a wide range of rock climbing harnesses, shoes and other rock climbing gear.