Scaling New Heights
Join Date: Dec 2019
Interest: Hiking, backpacking, kayaking
A very thoughtful gift.
I find trekking poles to be a very personal item: the heft, weight, feel of handle in the hand, how it maneuvers, how sturdy it feels when you lean on it. Even the color.
So, in this specific circumstance, my recommendation would be to purchase the poles at a decent outdoor gear store with a good return policy and a good selection. Black Diamond is quite reputable, if that is within your budget. Look for a tall sales associate and maybe ask what that person uses?
My pole is a Leki with a cork handle - very nice! (The other pole met its end in Glacier NP, USA, possibly absconded with by a goat.) Purchased in 2003. I take them/it back to the store from time to time for cleaning or replacement of segments.
zeljkok, was it the Annapurna Circuit, and do you have a lavishly illustrated TR to whet the appetite?