Advice by Sport
This is a key criterion when you choose hiking poles. The more lightweight your pole, the easier it will be to handle and the less energy you'll use. Its weight depends on what it is made of. For occasional and regular hikers, an aluminium pole will be enough. For more intensive hikes or if you prefer a more rigid, lightweight pole, you should opt for carbon.
The sections are the parts making up the pole. The more sections it has, the more compact it is once collapsed. Generally speaking, you can choose hiking poles that are between two or three sections. Choose your pole according to the collapsed length (rather than the number of sections) for storage purposes. For hikes with many stretches where you need to secure your poles to your backpack, for example when climbing ladders, you'll prefer 3-section poles.
Indispensable to ensure your pole is adapted to your height and the terrain you are hiking over, this criterion is very important in how choosing hiking poles. There are two adjustment systems. Clips are external. They work quickly and easily. They are also very safe since you can easily check whether your pole has been properly secured. Screws are internal, and rather harder to get used to, however they are more lightweight. You may tend to want to screw the poles up really tight to be sure they don't come loose, however, you mustn't screw them too tightly, using tools, for example, otherwise you may not be able to unscrew them afterward.
The right basket depends on the season. For summer hiking over grass, dirt tracks, rocks and pebbles, you'll need a small one. Come winter, you'll prefer a bigger basket to avoid sinking in soft terrain like fresh snow for example. Baskets are interchangeable, so you can keep the same poles for summer and winter. We do not recommend large baskets in the summer because they can catch in pebbles and cause falls.