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Rubber Tips for Trekking Poles: Why & What Kind to Consider

March 28, 2013 by  
Filed under DVD Updates, Gear, Pole Tips

Rubber tips are sold as optional accessories for trekking poles.  They’re NOT optional.   The travel tips that come with many poles (clear, orange or black plastic) are garbagetoss them out (or recycle them).Pole Tips from Carol at Y   In many of this blog’s updates we describe how rubber tips improve performance, prevent joint strain, increase safety and enhance your outdoor experiences.

There are 3 tips we like and they all fit on the poles we like:  LEKI, Black Diamond (2 models only) and Exerstrider.

Our product recommendations are based on an individual’s structure, issues and goals.

One size does NOT fit all.  Short poles are sold as “women’s” poles – after all, we all know there are no tall women and no compact guys….. Back to rubber tips (sorry for the rant). 🙂

  • The basic hiking tip (on left) sells for $5/pair and is perfect for pavement walking and slick rock.  They fit nicely in your pocket or pack and are perfect to store on poles when they’re not in use.
  • The bell tip (middle) adds significant stability for our mobility-challenged pole users.
  • The boot (right) is super cool and adds both cushion and propulsion for our exercise walkers.  The bell and the boot sell for about $10/pair.

When we  fit a person for poles, part of that process includes determining what tip works and feels best.  For example, a person who needs a bit more “cushion” because of shoulder or wrist issues might like the boot.  Or does the anti-shock feature “fit”?  Which grip fits and feels best?  Are trekking poles gloves indicated?

It’s not rocket science, but  finding the pair of poles that will serve a lifetime, poles with which you can develop a loving connection, is a bit of an art.   My poles are about 12 years old and I LOVE them.  They get more comfortable every year and they serve me well out OTT (on the trail).  Because I use my rubber tips when I need them, the trail tips are still razor sharp and perform as designed.


5 Responses to “Rubber Tips for Trekking Poles: Why & What Kind to Consider”
  1. Dave Gale says:

    Jayah, I have exerstrider poles and they came with a bell tip I ordered as I have mild Parkinsons however since my walking has greatly improved my physical therapist recommended rubber tips. In your opinion should I get the boot tips since I cannot find plain rubber tips or would Leki or black diamond from rei fit? I saw you at the Concord store and at Pleasanton also. Thanks again for all your help. David Gale. BTW My walking is to the point I don’t need my poles to go to store, dinner etc. BUT my plan is to hike around the lower trail of Lafayette reservoir, hence I will need the poles

  2. theresa hong says:

    I need bells rubber tips for my hiking poles. I have refereed lots of people to you.

  3. Doug says:

    Do you know where I could purchased the “boot” tip? I’ve been looking all sorts of places but without success. Thank you.

    • You should be able to click on the link, but if not, try
      Let me know if you have trouble. I have lots, but I’d have to mail them to you.
      They are wonderful and much better than others I’ve used.