Welcome to another installment of Gear Spotlight from FREESKIER. Here, we provide a close-up look at the gear and accessories that everyone should know about. The goal? To point you towards the best brands and products on Earth so you can trust your equipment whole-heartedly and have as much fun in the mountains as possible. Read up on MountainSmith’s Halite 7075 trekking pole, below, then visit us again tomorrow for more awesome gear coverage.
I’m an avid supporter of trekking poles; in addition to helping me balance while navigating scree fields or fording rivers, walking poles also help to reduce pressure on knees and joints and tone the upper body. Studies show that you use up to 90-percent of your skeletal muscles while hiking or walking with poles. Additionally, by some measures you can burn up to 46-percent more calories walking with poles than not.
So, if that all sounds like gravy to you, then the Halite 7075, here, is one to strongly consider. Durable 7075 aluminum allows these poles to stand up to rocks and longterm use. A cork and EVA handle coupled with a padded wrist strap provides comfort. The height adjustment system (48 to 54 inches) and locking mechanism are both intuitive and reliable.
The poles also come complete with removable hiking baskets, replaceable rubber boot tips and carbide tips for fantastic traction across all terrain. Then, it all folds up into a tiny 16-inch unit for easy stowage.