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Trekking poles are supposed to help you hike more efficiently and comfortably. If you want maximum comfort on downhill hikes, look for anti-shock trekking poles. These poles offer flexible shock absorbers that you click on when you head downhill. The pole takes some of the stress off your knees and back and make downhill hiking much more enjoyable.
Back on level ground or heading uphill, you can click off the shock absorber for more stability and power. Some people really enjoy the flexibility of these anti-shock trekking poles, while others find traditional trekking poles are just fine for their needs. If you have knee or back problems, check with your physician before you purchasing trekking poles.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|