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Helinox GL Series Walking Poles

When the going gets tough

With a revolutionary groove lock system, the GL Series offers maximum load bearing in a lightweight package.

Helinox GL Series Walking Poles
in use:
per pole:
GL145 90-145 cm 64 cm 216 grams
GL145SA 90-145 cm 64 cm 231 grams

I was very impressed with the way the grooves in the tubes ensured a strong and reliable grip

Matt spent 20 days walking the John Muir Trail in California with his GL145 poles. "I have used telescopic poles before without this feature [groove lock], and they would loosen and slide out, especially in snow. Well done." Matt also used the GL145's extra length to support his lightweight tent.

Helinox GL Series Walking Poles

Tough and simple

GL145 Walking Poles provide a quantum leap in trekking pole technology. Other twist lock poles rely only on frictional resistance in the locking mechanism. Helinox GL145 poles add mechanical engagement to massively boost load capacity.

Internal grooves in the tube engage positively with the patented twist locking mechanism to create enduring strength and toughness for the most arduous expeditions.

GL Series are the professional's choice in walking poles – Helinox GL145 poles are used by feral dog control officers in the rugged alpine region of south eastern Australia.


  • Simple twist lock operation.
  • Advanced 'Groove Lock' design – exclusive to Helinox GL poles.
  • Superior strength of DAC TH72M – the lightest & strongest alloy tubing available.
  • Larger diameter of 18.5 mm for maximum resistance to flexing under load.
  • Low profile shafts – no protruding levers or latches.
  • Quality foam grips with 'wicking' wrist straps.
  • Solidly mounted Tungsten Carbide tips.
  • Supplied with operating instructions, rubber tip covers and walking pole guidebook.
  • Optional larger baskets available for snow use.

We both found the poles terrific and would not now walk without them

Bob and his wife walked 450 km from Mt Hotham (VIC) to Tharwa (ACT) on the Australian Alps Walking Trail using GL145s. "It is hard to say where they provided the most utility: walking uphill, walking downhill, striding out on the flat, crossing rivers or tramping through snow – I think for me they really provided additional safety and security when walking down very steep slopes, especially on gravel. They certainly took a load of my knees."

Standard vs Shock Absorber

The GL145 is available in two types: as a standard pole or with a built-in shock absorber for those who prefer this feature.

Please note that we generally recommend poles without the shock absorbing feature for more reliable grip. When used correctly, the strap on a walking pole helps cushion any impact without the need for a built-in shock absorber.

Helinox GL Series Walking Poles


GL145 GL145SA
Locking mechanism: Groove lock (GL) Groove lock (GL)
Packed length: 64.7 cm 64.7 cm
Length in use: 90 cm - 145 cm 90 cm - 145 cm
Weight per pole: 216 grams 245 grams
Shock absorber: No Yes
Stowage method: Telescopic Telescopic
Suited to walkers: 130 cm to 220 cm 130 cm to 220 cm high
Pole material: TH72M alloy by DAC
Warranty: 5 years
Helinox GL Series Walking Poles