I've used a ski pole for the harder hikes but was wondering how much more effective the authentic, telescopic hiking poles were. I know some have springs to ease the "polling" but they sure are expensive. MEC have prices ranging from $16 to $50 and most other stores are $60 to $225/pair . Does it really make that much of a difference asides from portability?
If so, what could you recommend as a good buy?
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