I used to always use poles with straps, however competing in endurance events and instructing in techniques led to me developing ‘Skiers Thumb’ – damage to the tendons giving numbness which lasts in excess of 48 hrs. The assured grip offered by Exerstrider poles and the added safety of being strapless is a ‘no brainer’.
Whilst the choice is up to the individual on the type of pole they use it would be wrong to have experience and not give recommendations, we will instruct in the use of poles with straps during courses if that is what the client wants, however we will always recommend what we know is the best pole on the market. Over the past 5-7 years poles have become over complicated, with runners poles, light poles, various mechanisms, various attachments -at the end of the day they all work the same way with a good technique. There has also been a proliferation of inferior and un safe poles on the market and we have had cases where we have not allowed clients to use what they have brought along.
Exerstrider is the way to go, with good technique they will help you to maximise your performance, improve the enjoyment, give more confidence in a sport that is for the many people and not the privileged few – no matter what you level of expertise there is no denying how good they are.