Pole Quick Start Guide

Pole Strength

3 Top Tips for Poles

Step 1 - Set the height

NOTE - Don’t pull beyond the stop line or the handle section will become separated from the rest. You can slide it easily back on again, but you don’t want to risk dropping a section of pole if you’re doing this on the move.

Flip the lock back into place. You can adjust the tension on the flip lock with the clear screw on the other side of it.

Step 2 - Choose The Right Tip For The Surface

Step 3 - Correct strap position

Step 4 - Basic Walking Technique

Pole planting is when your pole tip touches the floor.
Plant at a 45 degree angle so the propulsion carries you forwards - if you plant in front or straight down you waste energy into the ground
Don't bear walk - where your arm and leg swing forward on the same side
Maintain good posture - no slouching!

Practice by trying the drag method first, then build up. See the Quick Start Video above which shows a demo.

Step 5 - Basic Hill Technique

Uphill
On uphills you may want to shorten your pole slightly to take into account the raised gradient ahead of you.
Or for very steep climbs you can take your hand out of the strap and use the extended handle.

Single or Double Pole Plant
Single pole plant is the same as the basic technique above.
Double pole plant is great for steeper hills. This is where you plant both poles at the same time to propel yourself efficiently up the slope.

Downhill

Going downhill on tricky. On technical ground you may wish to put your poles away, but if the path is smooth and wide enough you can gain even more momentum from a single pole plant every few steps.

You can even double pole plant to jump up, down or over rocks, and over puddles.
Double pole plant jumps with a run up are also fun to do when the path is clear to really get some momentum going! ​