We check out some of the best
This time of year, many French trail races are being held and noticeably, almost everyone that takes part are accompanied by two friends - running poles. So, we set out to find the very best to suit you so you can join in on the pole party.
When you're feeling fatigued, they can aid you significantly with balance and add power on steep inclines. However, it's crucial that you get the correct size to feel the benefit. Luckily, most shops and websites will offer a handy sizing chart to save you the hassle.
When looking for your desired poles, you should be aiming for ones that are compact, lightweight and feel comfortable to hold. Especially for trail runners, you'll want poles that offer easy storage and fast deployment to be able to use them when necessary. And, for the record, try to buy your poles in a shop rather than online as it's useful to compare comfort and size. Some people may only find it necessary to have one pole; whereas, others prefer to have two for a more rhythmic stride so decide which you may prefer. By considering these factors, you can guarantee that your poles suit your desired needs.
Now, time to find the right poles for you...
Up first: Scott RC 3-Part Pole. These foldable poles with a complete three-part carbon shaft offer the ultimate long-distance running experience. Ergonomically designed for necessity, these poles can be easily packed away (collapsed length of 37cm) and have straps for total comfort. As well as the above, as the terrain changes, you can simply adjust accordingly via the interchangeable baskets for versatility. Available in lengths: 110cm, 120cm, 130cm. Price: £130
Next up is the Dynafit Vertical Pro Pole. Offering a lightweight and comfortable grip made from EVA foam and breathable mesh, any run would be made simpler with these. Of course, these poles can be folded to a minimal size in seconds by the press of a button (folded size is 39cm). Available in sizes: 110cm-135cm. Price: £130
Lastly, the affordable, yet robust and light, Terra Nova Speed Hike: These poles are light to carry and are made from 7075 aluminium with a comfortable EVA handle that has a neoprene wrist strap for added security and they're easily adjustable by using the click-lock system. It can even be used with gloves! In addition, it comes with a removable trekking basket and protective rubber ferrule for the tungsten tip. It has a packed size of 82cm and is an affordable option for those first beginning trail running. Available sizes: only one size up to 142cm. Price: £48.