Helinox leads the world in the development of light & strong trekking poles.
Making exclusive use of DAC's revolutionary TH72M alloy – as used in the world's leading expedition tents – Helinox poles offer an unmatched combination of strength with minimal weight.
The selection of poles extends from the ultra-light & super-compact Passport range through to the super heavy duty Causeway range.
The Helinox Passport range of trekking poles are ideally suited to day walking. Their smaller diameter means the Passport models have the lightest weight of all Helinox poles. Lightest of all is the adjustable length FL120 at just 145 grams per pole.
The TL Series of folding, fixed length poles offer the most compact travel size of any Helinox poles – some models as short as 33 cm. Their folding design makes for super-quick deployment and pack away.
Passport trekking poles are a great choice for those walkers carrying a light pack on well formed tracks. Walkers carrying heavier packs and/or traversing more arduous terrian should consider or Ridgeline or Causeway range.
Helinox Ridgeline Trekking Poles are great all-purpose adjustable length poles well suited to a wide range of uses from casual day walks to challenging multi-day hikes.
The larger diameter compared to the Passport range provides better resistance to flexing under load. Several different locking mechanisms are featured in the Ridgeline range.
Ridgeline FL poles feature a twist lock action (Friction Lock) while the LB and LBB series use a combination of Lever and Button locks for super fast deployment and compact packed length.
Helinox Causeway trekking poles provide ultimate confidence in difficult terrain or when carrying a heavy multi-day pack.
Their larger diameter is more resistant to flexing under load. Longer pole lengths of up to 145 cm are perfect for pitching a tent or tarp and provide extra reach for difficult river crossings.
Two different locking mechanisms are available: the Double Lever lock (DL) and the revolutionary Groove Lock system (GL).
The Groove Lock system gives immense load carrying capacity by combining a robust twist-lock that mates with grooves in the pole shaft.
These larger diameter (80 mm) snow baskets help prevent pole tips from burying in snow or very soft ground conditions. They are also useful for sandy or muddy terrain.
Rubber tip covers can be used on pavements or in sensitive areas where the sharp tungsten carbide walking pole tips might cause damage to the ground surface. They also should be used when storing poles to prevent the sharp tungsten carbide pole tips causing damage.
The rubber tips supplied with your Helinox walking poles will eventually wear and can sometimes be dislodged and lost. Replacement tip covers are available to keep you walking.
What should you look for when buying a pair of poles? Here are a few pointers on the technical aspects of pole selection.
Smaller diameter poles are lighter and well suited to general bushwalking. When carrying a heavy pack or tackling arduous conditions a larger diameter pole will be more resistant to flexing under load.
All of our walking poles collapse for stowage and transport. There are a number of ways in which the sections of a pole are secured together when expanded for use.
Poles with a tension lock system use a single locking button to keep the folding pole sections together. An internal elastic cord maintains constant tension on the pole sections while the button is in the locked position. Depressing the lock button releases tension and the sections come apart for stowage. Tension lock poles have the shortest compacted length in our range.
Friction locks operate via a screw or twist action. The sections of the pole telescope – one sliding into the other. Twisting in one direction will loosen the pole so you can adjust length. Twist in the other direction to lock the pole in place. As this lock type relies on friction, over-tightening by applying extra force will not improve the holding power of the lock.
Lever locks apply clamping force to the pole section to hold them in position. Pole sections are telescopic and freely slide to the desired length when the lever is released. How the lever is positioned is an important consideration. Helinox poles use vertically operating levers that are less likely to get caught and accidentally disengage in thick scrub. Helinox lever locks can be adjusted for tension and feature a unique lever 'rest zone' to help prolong service life.
Using a combination of a lever and multiple button locks, Helinox LB & LBB poles are a revolution in ease of use. A single movement of the lever loosens and locks the pole sections. The lower sections slide into place using locking buttons. Once the lever is opened the lower sections freely slide back into the compacted position without needing to depress the buttons.
In a quantum leap forward in walking pole technology, Helinox combined locking grooves with a friction/twist lock mechanism to produce a walking pole with immense load carrying capacity. The friction lock internally 'mates' with the locking grooves. This produces a light, yet heavy duty pole ideally suited to arduous conditions.
The ideal trekking pole length is based on your height. If you are older or nursing an injury, a shorter length may be better – up to 5 cm less. If you're very fit or competing, a pole up to 5 cm longer could be considered.
Pole length is given as the total overall length from tip to top of handle.
|Height||Pole Length||Height||Pole Length|
|120 cm / 3'11"||80 cm||170 cm / 5'7"||115 cm|
|125 cm / 4'1"||85 cm||175 cm / 5'9"||120 cm|
|130 cm / 4'3"||90 cm||180 cm / 5'11"||120 cm|
|135 cm / 4'5"||90 cm||185 cm / 6'1"||125 cm|
|140 cm / 4'7"||95 cm||190 cm / 6'3"||130 cm|
|145 cm / 4'9"||100 cm||195 cm / 6'5"||130 cm|
|150 cm / 4'11"||100 cm||200 cm / 6'7"||135 cm|
|155 cm / 5'1"||105 cm||205 cm / 6'9"||140 cm|
|160 cm / 5'3"||110 cm||210 cm / 6'11"||140 cm|
|165 cm / 5'5"||110 cm||215 cm / 7'1"||145 cm|