Useful features of walking sticks
Take a hike. In the woods. In mountain parks. Just about anywhere in the countryside. But make sure you pack a sturdy walking stick along. If it is a walking stick fitted with a compass, even better. You can be sure to find your way back even if you go off track.
Walking sticks used for hiking have certain features that if used correctly would serve the purpose of alleviating joint pain and facilitating walking. There are walking sticks for hiking made of aluminum and of carbon fiber. While aluminum is heavier and long lasting, the walking sticks made of carbon fiber are light yet durable. There are cork, foam and rubber grips available for the handles of these walking sticks.
A good grip is a fundamental necessity, so choose cork if you want a smooth, sweat/water absorbing handle, foam for sunny weather conditions and for the lightness of the material, and a rubber grip for cold weather hikes. There are some walking sticks used for hiking that have shock absorbers to minimize the jolt caused on wrists. Also, there are walking sticks made specially for certain types of terrain, for cold weather and even for high altitudes.
Then there are collapsible and rigid walking sticks for hiking. There are ultra strong walking sticks, height adjustable ones with instant lock systems, and some come attached with wrist straps for additional grasp, and for a fun value, walking sticks for hiking are made in different colors like blue, pink and white too.
Depending on how tall the user is, walking sticks have to be adjusted to suit their height for the best fit. Using a very long stick or a very short one would both result in damaging the shoulders and other joints, more than actually being helpful and reducing soreness. Walking sticks for hiking that come fitted with wrist straps that provide additional grip and stability. While walking sticks evenly transfers weight without straining the legs, it also provides strength to the shoulders and arms simultaneously. Choose the right walking stick for your hiking needs.