Either you use 'em or you don't. But if you do, you have a favorite.

Hikers who use trekking poles swear they save their knees and improve their balance. Nowadays, poles are lighter, more compact and durable, and molded to fit gender-specific hands. If trekking poles are part of your hiking kit, which brand do you like best?

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