Pole Use Benefits

Reduced weight on your hips and back by 7-11 kg per step

Uphill walking is made easier as your arms help support your upper body and give extra support to your legs

Down hill walking is less of a strain on the knees and long descents are less of a challenge

When crossing streams or boggy ground, Mountain King poles are used to judge depth and increase stability.

What is antishock?

Antishock is a spring in the pole which works like a shock absorber on a bike/car - it is a way of cushioning the jarring of the pole - especially important on hard ground and when going downhill.

Do I need antishock?

Antishock is great for down hill sections when more weight is put on the poles as it reduces jarring (not available on Trail Blaze poles).

For uphill sections compressing the spring is a waste of energy and so the antishock can be turned off (where this option is available), increasing the benefit of using poles.

For backpackers and those carrying heavy loads the Expedition - Expert has two springs in tandem giving progressively increased resistance. This is particularly beneficial for demanding users.

Using on /off antishock

Operate by tightening the middle section until a click is felt. Tighten a further quarter turn. At this point the antishock is off.

To turn on the antishock simply untighten the middle section slightly to feel the click again. The antishock is now turned on.

Getting to grips

We recommend the pole is held by using the adjustable strap as illustrated, by sliding the hand up through the strap and then grasping the grip. Adopting this method will allow you to relax your grip slightly.

We recommend you remove your hand from the strap when descending a gradient.