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Norman with his Helinox TL Series poles on a trek to Everest base camp, Nepal.

Norman with his Helinox TL Series poles on a trek to Everest base camp, Nepal.

Walking Poles

Go further, get fitter, travel faster

Walking with poles brings many benefits - not just the added stability.

Using the correct technique gets the upper body muscles active, turning a walk into full body excercise. This in turn helps propel you forward more effeciently, meaning you'll travel faster with no increase in effort from your legs.

Scroll down to get a free copy of our 'Australian Bushwalker's Guide to Walking Poles' and learn the how to get the most from walking with poles.

Walking Poles

I love these poles on steep ground, I move faster and with more assurance.

Sally uses Helinox TL Series poles on her treks in the Blue Mountains. Here she is ascending from Blue Gum Forest.

Compare Poles

Models: Locking type: Adjustable: Stowage: Length in use: Packed length: Weight per pole:

TL Series
TL105 / TL115 / TL125 / TLA130 Tension lock TL: no, TLA: yes Folding From 105 cm to 130 cm depending on model From 33 cm to 37 cm From 152 grams to 180 grams

FL Series
FL120 / FL135 Friction (twist) lock Yes Telescopic 75 cm – 120 cm / 81 cm – 135 cm 53 cm / 59 cm 145 grams / 188 grams

LB & LBB Series
LB135 / LBB135 Lever & button lock Yes Telescopic 90 cm – 135 cm 61 cm / 54 cm 232 grams / 238 grams

DL Series
DL145 Double lever lock Yes Telescopic 64 cm – 145 cm 64 cm 240 grams

GL Series
GL145 / GL145SA Groove lock Yes Telescopic 110 cm – 145 cm 65 cm 216 grams / 231 grams

Free Guidebook

Our guidebook "The Australian Bushwalker's Guide to Walking Poles" will show you:

  • The benefits of walking with poles.
  • Correct hand grip technique.
  • Correct placement of poles while walking.
  • What to look for when selecting poles.

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Walking Poles

Our poles saved us from several slips as we walked up 6,200 steps in one day and then back down again

Allana climbed the Annapurna Range in Nepal using Helinox walking poles.

Walking Poles

Walking pole buyer's guide

What should you look for when buying a pair of poles? Here are a few pointers on the technical aspects of pole selection.

Pole diameter

Smaller diameter poles are lighter and well suited to general bushwalking. When carrying a heavy pack or tackling arduous conditions a larger diameter pole will be more resistant to flexing under load.

Locking mechanisms

All of our walking poles collapse for stowage and transport. There are a number of ways in which the sections of a pole are secured together when expanded for use.

Tension lock

Poles with a tension lock system use a single locking button to keep the folding pole sections together. An internal elastic cord maintains constant tension on the pole sections while the button is in the locked position. Depressing the lock button releases tension and the sections come apart for stowage. Tension lock poles have the shortest compacted length in our range.

Friction lock

Friction locks operate via a screw or twist action. The sections of the pole telescope – one sliding into the other. Twisting in one direction will loosen the pole so you can adjust length. Twist in the other direction to lock the pole in place. As this lock type relies on friction, over-tightening by applying extra force will not improve the holding power of the lock.

Lever lock

Lever locks apply clamping force to the pole section to hold them in position. Pole sections are telescopic and freely slide to the desired length when the lever is released. How the lever is positioned is an important consideration. Helinox poles use vertically operating levers that are less likely to get caught and accidentally disengage in thick scrub. Helinox lever locks can be adjusted for tension and feature a unique lever 'rest zone' to help prolong service life.

Lever & button locks

Using a combination of a lever and multiple button locks, Helinox LB & LBB poles are a revolution in ease of use. A single movement of the lever loosens and locks the pole sections. The lower sections slide into place using locking buttons. Once the lever is opened the lower sections freely slide back into the compacted position without needing to depress the buttons.

Groove lock

In a quantum leap forward in walking pole technology, Helinox combined locking grooves with a friction/twist lock mechanism to produce a walking pole with immense load carrying capacity. The friction lock internally 'mates' with the locking grooves. This produces a light, yet heavy duty pole ideally suited to arduous conditions.

Walking Poles

Guide to pole length

The ideal walking pole length is based on your height. If you are older or nursing an injury, a shorter length may be better – up to 5 cm less. If you're very fit or competing, a pole up to 5 cm longer could be considered.

Pole length is given as the total overall length from tip to top of handle.

Height  Pole Length Height Pole Length
120 cm / 3'11" 80 cm 170 cm / 5'7" 115 cm
125 cm / 4'1" 85 cm 175 cm / 5'9" 120 cm
130 cm / 4'3" 90 cm 180 cm / 5'11" 120 cm
135 cm / 4'5" 90 cm 185 cm / 6'1" 125 cm
140 cm / 4'7" 95 cm 190 cm / 6'3" 130 cm
145 cm / 4'9" 100 cm 195 cm / 6'5" 130 cm
150 cm / 4'11" 100 cm 200 cm / 6'7" 135 cm
155 cm / 5'1" 105 cm 205 cm / 6'9" 140 cm
160 cm / 5'3" 110 cm 210 cm / 6'11" 140 cm
165 cm / 5'5" 110 cm 215 cm / 7'1" 145 cm