High Stream Gear TX Foldable Trekking Poles: QUICK OVERVIEW
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Hiking can be a fantastic experience, but it isn't always easy.
Uneven ground, sharp descents and ascents, and the strain walking puts onto your joints and back can take the fun out of your journey. Hiking and trekking poles can help reduce the pain and help you get farther than you ever thought you could go.
Hiking with poles give you added stability, encourage you to walk with proper posture, and take some of the weight off your feet and knees. To accomplish this, the poles you choose should be the right height, strong, durable, but also comfortable to use and easy to take traveling.
Heroic Adventures thought High Stream Gear TX Foldable Trekking Poles might meet these requirements, so we took a closer look.
High Stream Gear TX Foldable Trekking Pole Review
These collapsible hiking and trekking poles produced by High Stream are the entry-level product manufactured by the mid-range brand High Stream Gear.
The comfortable strap and handle paired with the lightweight, foldable pole was explicitly designed for longer backpacking trips and navigating rugged terrain.
These poles fold down to just 14.5". And while many competitors only sell one size that adjusts to a full range of sizes, High Stream Gear's poles come in two different heights -- 43" to 47.2" poles for people 5'5" or shorter, and 45.3" to 53" poles for hikers taller than 5'5".
By offering two separate heights, the company can keep the weight down and reduce the amount of necessary hardware while allowing the poles to fold smaller.
Who Is This Product For?
These foldable hiking poles were designed with regular hikers in mind.
Rather than being an expensive luxury system or low-end, cheap option, these poles are good quality for a reasonable price. They're reliable, comfortable, and durable enough to stand up to regular use, but they won't cost you more than your vacation.
Individuals with mobility or balance issues may also like these trekking poles from High Stream Gear. They're quick and easy to fold or extend and fold up small enough to fit into your car, take on a bus, or add to your carry-on bag.
The High Stream Gear TX Foldable Trekking Poles include instructions and two foldable aluminum 7075 poles in either the shorter or longer length.
You'll also find non-slip rubber feet for hard surfaces as well as mud baskets that fit quickly onto the tungsten tips.
Each pole also has a strap and, something we have NOT seen before in Heroic Adventure's exhaustive testing of dozens of trekking poles: a belt holster.
The belt holster is reminiscent of the days when geeks would latch their phones to their belts but it actually comes in handy when you want to pick up something or don't need the use of the poles and you don't want to take off your backpack or otherwise stow the trekking poles away.
Overview of the Features
Created from the same aluminum as the M16 rifle, the hiking and trekking poles from High Stream Gear will take a beating on the trail.
They're light enough to keep you from getting fatigued and fold up to just over a foot in length, so you'll find them highly portable.
To extend the poles to full length, you'll find a center cable and a locking button at each joint that clicks quickly into place.
This system makes the High Stream poles quick and fast to extend and fold. And the button system gives the poles a secure lock and additional safety while avoiding handles and plastic that tends to hit into your legs or break off.
The handles are the best part of these trekking and hiking poles. Ergonomic and well-shaped, you'll find the handles are comfortable to hold without causing your hands to ache or get tired. The natural cork helps prevent sweating and slipping.
Like the poles, the straps are fully adjustable. The synthetic material is strong enough that you won't worry about them snapping, but they will let your skin breathe - to keep you dry and reduce sweating.
How to Use
To extend the poles, pull the lengths of aluminum apart and feed the smaller end into the larger end until the button snaps into place.
To collapse the poles, press the button and pull the two pole lengths apart. Then, fold them against each other starting from the bottom and store them away.
If these aren't quite what you're looking for, High Stream Gear also manufactures a carbon fiber set of hiking and trekking poles.
They're stronger and lighter than aluminum poles. However, they use the same extension and folding mechanism and have the same high-quality strap and handle.
They do cost 50% more than the aluminum poles, but they're still worth considering, especially when optimizing your packing weight is an issue.
The carbon fiber version of these hiking poles come with rubber tips, boot tips, mud baskets, and snow baskets.
They also comes with a carrying case that has a separate pocket to hold extra feet or accessories.
For hikers who tackle rough terrain regularly, the High Stream Gear Foldable Hiking and Trekking Poles are a great option.
While not the lightest poles on the market, they're still easy to use and store. And they don't cost hundreds of dollars each but will last several seasons, so you should find them to be a good value for the price as we did.