Going on a wilderness hike? Climbing a steep hill or mountain? You can always find your own natural walking sticks by foraging dead wood or branches, or breaking one off a tree. Or, you can do it the smart way and bring walking sticks with you, one that’s much more durable.
Queue the Kelty Upslope 2.0 Trekking Poles. They weigh about 18 ounces for the pair, and can be stretched out from 25 inches all the way up to 53 inches long. Tall or short, you can set them to the ideal length for you and be on your merry way.
More importantly, the tightening mechanism that is used to hold the poles in place after you adjust their height is reliable. On comparable poles, you often find the same mechanism slipping or flimsy, which means the poles collapse during use. That is not the case with Kelty’s Trekking gear.
The tips can either be swapped to non-slip carbide with covers for transport, rubber for concrete or stone, and a trekking basket for varying surfaces. Plus, there’s a wrist strap to secure the poles to your person, should you fall or lose your grip. You won’t have to worry about that much, however, because the hand grip is padded, and reinforced with EVA foam.
If you’ve never used poles like this before, you’ll notice they improve your stability and balance making even the most strenuous trip a lot more enjoyable. And since they come bundled as a pair you don’t have to worry about picking up an extra pole to even out your support. Many walking sticks and climbing poles come as a single unit, so you have to purchase two or more if you want to use multiple walking sticks at a time. Again, that is not the case with Kelty’s trekking poles.