What materials can sports sticks be made of?

Milan Sanitra
When choosing the best poles for Nordic walking or hiking, be sure to pay particular attention to the material from which they will be made. What they consist of affects their price, for example. But how do you find out which of the many materials is the right one for your roads?

Choosing the right material for hiking poles begins with answering the question of what your future poles should be used for. How many kilometers of hiking will you do with them? What features do you require from them? If Nordic walking is a source of relaxation for you and you want to devote yourself to shorter journeys, then you might reach for a different material than someone who plans to keep getting better at it and cover more kilometers. If you are looking for Nordic walking poles, go for lighter poles, but trekking poles can be a bit heavier.

Poles for Nordic walking and trekking are mostly made of aluminum, its alloy or carbon.

Aluminum is the most used material for the production of both types of sticks. Although in Nordic walking poles this material is found in alloys or in combination with carbon due to their necessary lightness, aluminum alone is sufficient for trekking. Tourism does not require such dynamic movement, which is why even aluminum poles can be a good choice. Aluminum sticks are usually the most affordable.

Carbon is known for its indescribable lightness, but at the same time strength and high quality. If the poles are made of carbon, then their price may be higher. 100% carbon poles are usually the most expensive. They are very light, compact and practical and mostly intended for advanced tourists. However, the price is reduced if the sticks are made of a mixture of carbon and other materials - for example, aluminum.

"Thanks to the combination of aluminum (or its alloy) and carbon fibers, the poles acquire amazing lightness, strength and flexibility," explains the passionate hiker and our consultant, Martin Sanitra.

Fiberglass is a composite material, the property of which - just like carbon - is lightness. On the other hand, fiberglass is not as durable and has a shorter lifespan. If you especially require stability from your poles or if you are among recreational tourists, then this material is the right one for you.

Dural is typical for its strength and hardness. This alloy of aluminium, copper and magnesium is slightly denser and thus stronger than pure aluminium. However, it is not as heavy as carbon, and therefore it is used more for the production of trekking poles than for the production of poles for Nordic walking.

Although choosing the material of poles for Nordic walking or trekking may seem like an unnecessary investment of time that should not be given high attention, the opposite is true. What the sticks are made of affects their price and also their function. When you know how to choose the right type of poles for your trips, and also what material to choose, choosing poles is much easier. We hope we have made your dilemma easier with this article and if you need more advice, write to us via the quick form below and we will be happy to help.

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