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Trekking poles are becoming standard equipment for walkers, hikers, backpackers and trail runners. There are many advantages to using them, the main reason is that they enhance your stability and provide support during more challenging and rugged terrain, they also reduce stress on your body during both the descent and the ascent.
Stabil is a company that has been manufacturing traction footwear for almost three decades, alongside the traction footwear they also offer a trekking pole named the Stabil Stride and I was given the chance to test them out, let’s take a closer look.
The Stabil Stride uses cork grips which are comfortable and will only get better with time. The ergonomic handle falls right into place and provides a nice grippy feel. During warmer hikes and runs the cork handles did a decent job at wicking away moisture.
The Stride has a no-bulk strap that is easy to adjust. Lengthening the strap is as simple as pulling the upper end of the strap loop while simultaneously pulling on both ends of the strap loop to fix the length. Shortening the strap is pulling at the lower tail end of the strap while simultaneously pulling on both ends of the strap loop to fix the length.
The Strides locking system is every bit as functional, dependable, and easy to use. Like most lever-lock style closure systems, the Power Lock will require an initial adjustment with a screwdriver or coin, to set the desired locking strength. Once the strength is set the Power Lock firmly holds and prevents the poles from collapsing. I was able to put almost my entire body weight on the poles and the Power Lock never budged. During testing they stayed in place all day and there was never a fear of sudden collapse or loose screws to deal with. The lock is easy to use with a bare or gloved hand when it is time for collapsing or unpacking.
The 3-section telescoping Stride breaks down to 26″ (65 cm) which is fairly large for pack-able poles. If you are primarily using these poles for backpacking and trekking your poles will be in your hands 90% of the time, so having a relatively long minimum size is not that big of a deal. They do still pack short enough to be strapped to the outside of a hydration pack, however if you regularly find yourself with your poles on your back, the Strides may not be for you.
The Stabil Stride is one tough pole, I was able to take it along on a handful of trail runs that lead off the beaten path through brushy trails, over and under downed trees, and across some rocky streams and the Stride held up remarkably well. I do think that these are more durable than any folding style type poles and among the most dependable.
- Telescoping aluminum pole is lightweight, strong and adjusts quickly and securely with easy-to-use power lock
- Contoured cork handle molds to your hand over time for a custom fit
- Equipped with 6cm Vario basket, that is ideal for trekking
- Strong tungsten/carbide tip
- Aluminum alloy 7075-T6
The Stabil Stride poles will move seamlessly between seasons and activities with the durable carbide tips so you can handle anything from rocks to dirt to snow to mud.
At just $48 per pole the Stabil Strides are an affordable option that will provide solid and reliable performance all year round. From sunny day hikes to snowy trails the Stride is a great option to bring along to support all of those back country adventures.
For more information or to purchase, visit : www.stabilgear.com MSRP $47.95 Per Pole