Here’s a good rule on sizing: Standing with your arms at your side, the stick should be about 6 or 8 inches taller than your elbow. Pick a longer stick if you’ll be tackling steep terrain. If you’re really just planning on walking with your stick, a shorter one will do.
What is the best length for a walking stick?
For people who are shorter than 5′ 4″, we recommend a 48-inch stick. For people who are between 5′ 4″ and 5′ 11″, we recommend a 55-inch stick. For adults over 5′ 11″, we recommend a 58-inch stick.
How do you measure for a walking stick?
To measure the height of any walking stick, the base of the stick should be placed approximately 15cm from the outside of the foot and the handle height should be set at the wrist crease height. The elbow should be bent slightly (generally between 15 and 30 degrees) when holding the stick and standing upright.
How long is a walking stick?
Depending on the species, walking sticks can grow from 1 to 12 inches (2.5 to 30 centimeters) long, with females usually growing bigger than the males. Stick insects are the biggest insects in the world—one species measures over 20 inches (51 centimeters) long with its legs outstretched.
Are walking sticks good for seniors?
Older adults have found that walking poles can reduce load-bearing weight on their knees, hips and spine. “They found a very simple tool that with very basic training they could enjoy the outdoors, get exercise and rotate their spine,” Paley says. “You are using muscles that support and elongate the spine.”
What wood is best for a walking stick?
Excellent woods for walking sticks include hazel, birch, cherry, blackthorn, ash, oak, elder, and holly. Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa, or “sloe”) is perhaps ideal. These woods also make excellent walking stick handles, either in the shape of root knobs or knots, or when turned into shape on a lathe.
How long does a stick insect live?
How long will my stick insects live? Your stick insects should be mature at 6 months and should live for around a year.
Do walking sticks help with balance?
Walking sticks help people maintain their balance, walk with more confidence and help relieve tension on joints and bones. It redistributes the weight that helps putting lesser tension on your joints and muscles and helps them stay rejuvenated.
Is it better to hike with one pole or two?
Hikers often ask how two trekking poles are better than one “regular” walking stick. The simplest answer to this question is that poles give symmetrical support that one stick does not.