User Review: Swiss Gear Hiking Pole
Price Paid: $10 each
My wife and I are in our late 60s and hike daily. We live in Hickory, North Carolina, as full time RV'ers and have daily access to an excellent hiking environment. We find the Swiss Gear Hiking sticks excellent.
We have been saved from many falls that would have occurred without the Hiking Sticks. We find hiking provides excellent exercise, along with the beauty of the mountains and streams. With the aid of the sticks we are able to exercise the upper and lower part of the body.
Walking sticks are best used on uphill ascent by equalizing the work between the legs and shoulders and downhill decent by braking our fall as we go down the hill. On level ground they help mainly with balance, preventing falls, when walking in ruts, gullies, etc. Swiss Gear sticks have all the features of the more expensive sticks, with an affordable cost.
Make sure to use the wrist bands as they provide an integral part of the benefit of the sticks. It's hard to explain, but you'll notice once you use them for a while. The wrist straps on the Swiss Gear sticks are designed to go on a certain way, for ease of use. Experiment and you will see what I mean. This information is not published in any of their sales literature.
The Swiss Gear sticks also have an excellent shock absorption which you'll appreciate after use. Hope you enjoy the sticks, keep up the exercise.