After getting more heavily involved in hiking, I began studying up on trekking poles, their benefits and decided to invest in what is probably one of the most popular ones around: Trailbuddy. In this review, I want to cover the things I experienced after using them and if they are any good for you too.
And this review is from someone who is a complete beginner to them (not hiking though), so this may help anyone who is also new.
- 1 Basic info on the Trailbuddy Trekking Poles:
- 2 My video review of the Trailbuddy Trekking Poles:
- 3 Why I got my hands on the Trailbuddy Trekking Poles:
- 4 What I noticed after taking the Trailbuddy Trekking poles on my first hike with them:
- 5 Conclusions on the Trailbuddy Trekking Poles:
- 6 Trailbuddy Trekking Poles
- 7 Pros
- 8 Cons
Basic info on the Trailbuddy Trekking Poles:
Do I recommend them?
Yes. They aren’t necessary to use in most hikes, but great to keep just in case you need them, if you are injured or have joint issues. Get them here.
My rating for the Trailbuddy Trekking Poles:
My video review of the Trailbuddy Trekking Poles:
Why I got my hands on the Trailbuddy Trekking Poles:
I watch a number of different hiking channels and videos online and most of the biggest authorities on this subject usually use trekking poles.
For me, I began hiking much more in 2021 and while my goals are to be able to hike very long distances, I also wanted to insure my odds of not just being able to reach that point, but improve my hiking longevity.
This is where I began investigating the health benefits of hiking poles and why they are useful for such goals and while a number of different options came up for which ones to get, the most popular and for a decent price was Trailbuddy Trekking Poles.
After getting them (setting them up):
Initial set up wasn’t difficult and I do recommend using the instructions. You have to adjust how tall you want them to be and it all depends on your height and preference. I tried to do all of this without reading the instructions and screwed the installation up, but fixed it after using the manual.
Anyway, here are several positives I noticed (before I tested them on a hike):
- Set up and adjustment is pretty easy once you do it once.
- This trekking pole has numerous ways to be customized for your taste.
- They weight little so they are easy to carry.
- They can also be separated into 3 parts and put into a backpack if necessary.
- The bottom area has at least 2-3 different attachments you can use depending on the terrain you’re in.
What I noticed after taking the Trailbuddy Trekking poles on my first hike with them:
It was said to be a pretty difficult hike and I figured it would be a perfect opportunity to try them out there. I also had 2 friends go with me on this hike and they tried it too.
My first try using them was on a flat terrain surface with many rocks, dirt and mud. I didn’t notice their benefits in this environment because I wasn’t putting too much effort or weight on them, but I could tell they’d be more useful once the inclines and declines in elevation started and I was right.
Once the incline started, that’s when I quickly realized why these things are important and it’s because of what I explained in the video above:
They take away a lot of the weight off your lower body and make your upper body compensate for it, but this helps your lower body withstand longer hikes.
As a result I was able to do a long incline up with these poles with relative ease, vs other similar inclines without them where my legs got more tired after reaching the top.
But it was on the decline areas where these trekking poles really gave me a lot of appreciation. The terrain we were in was very rocky and difficult to quickly jog through (and not safe for that matter), but using these trekking poles, I was able to:
- Navigate down the mountain faster.
- I was able to avoid many slips and loss of balance thanks to them keeping me balanced.
- I was able to take a lot of stress of my knees and legs from the stomping on the rocks because the trekking poles took most of it.
This all allowed me to finish up the hike feeling less tired, sore or injured and frankly, this all adds to the long term benefits of me being able to hike for longer periods and lengths.
I am wondering if using regular hiking sticks would do just as well, but that’s for a future post.
Conclusions on the Trailbuddy Trekking Poles:
Like I said in the video review above, it’s not a mandatory tool to have but for longer treks and hikes, I would prefer having this tool on hand just in case it’s needed.
As I get older and hopefully keep hiking long distances, I believe my opinion of these tools will shift more and more towards using them but we’ll see how that works out.
In the meantime, if you’re new to trekking poles, these ones in my opinion are a good pair to begin with, considering that there’s many which are far more expensive.
I will keep these current ones handy because I can think of several hikes they’ll be useful on, now and in the future.
But overall, if there’s 2 groups of people who would really benefit from the Trailbuddy Trekking Poles, they would be:
- Anyone with joint issues or just injuries in general around the joints.
- Anyone who wants to enjoy long hikes but isn’t quite fit for them.
There is some technique required to maximizing their effect, but it’s easy to learn it and once you do, you’ll quickly feel their effect.
Like I said before, at first it’ll feel like you’re doing “more” work because of the extra upper body work added to it, but remember, it’s because they take away that work from the lower body to compensate and just as well, also help reduce the impact on your knees too.