How to Adjust New Balance Walking Poles

by Rona Aquino
Use hiking poles to stabilize your footing, especially on eneven surfaces.

Use hiking poles to stabilize your footing, especially on eneven surfaces.

New Balance walking poles are constructed of rubber and aluminum with non-slip handles for grips. The poles have a twist-and-lock system so you can shorten or lengthen it to your desired length based on your own height and comfort level. Walking poles are useful tools for hiking and walking. They enhance your balance, stability and footing on all types of walking terrains.

1. Unlock the top and bottom sections of your poles. Extend the lower section by twisting and pulling it down just below the maximum limit.

2. Stand upright and relax your shoulders. Position one pole under your arm and adjust the pole length so that it reaches 3 inches below the underarm. Twist and lock the upper section in place.

3. Adjust the second pole by matching its length with the first one.

4. Vary the length of your New Balance walking poles depending on the elevations of your hiking terrain or walking paths. When walking uphill, shorten the length of your poles a few inches. This helps in increasing load-bearing pressure. If walking downhill, lengthen the pole a few inches to increase your balance and control.

About the Author

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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