PACERPOLES: The worlds first left and right handed trekking poles.
Pacerpoles are the first poles to use biomechanics to create a more efficient and powerful thrust. UK physiotherapist Heather Rhodes analysed the way we walk, and applied biomechanical principles to evolve a handle shape which allows the poles to fit in with the way we walk, rather than forcing us to adapt our movements to the poles. Compared to conventional poles, Pacerpoles give
MORE POWER with LESS EFFORT and NO wrist or hand STRAIN
when going up or on the flat, and
MORE CONTROL, MORE ACCURATE PLACEMENT & LESS STRAIN when going down.
In all major tests (mainly in the UK), Pacerpoles have come out on top for efficiency, comfort and stability.
- Left and right handles have colour plugs for rapid identification
- 3 sections for compact stowage
- No energy wasting spring
- Interchangeable baskets for snow, mud or rock
- Carbide tip
- Precision locking
- Safety cord allows release of handle grip without pole loss
- Hole for optional camera mount
- Mesh bag to store pole sections
3 piece; 7075 T6 alloy, 3 piece, collapsed length 67cm, max length 137cm; 650gms/pair
PRICE NZ$199 inc GST. Available by mail order only
3 piece; carbon fibre, collapsed length 64cm, max length 132cm 518gms/pair
PRICE NZ$249 inc GST. Available by mail order only
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Four legs vs two legs
Have you ever seen goats, chamois or thar move across steep mountainous terrain? The speed, agility and grace with which they move highlight the greater stability, balance and speed of four legs compared to two. If we could create a biomechanically efficient trekking pole design where both arms and legs are used for thrust and support , we would be able to maximise our speed, agility, balance and safety.
Lifting and thrusting
The 2 phases of using trekking poles are thrusting and the lifting. For the lifting phase, the lighter the pole the better, particularly at the tip end, which has the greatest swing. For the thrusting phase the handle must transmit power with the greatest efficiency. To achieve this efficiency the grip must be relaxed, the angle of the wrist should be neutral, and the thrust must be transmitted through the strongest part of the hand, the base. (where you do a karate chop). These are the Pacerpole principles.
Conventional trekking poles are less efficient and create more wrist strain. They transmit power only with a tight hand grip or via a strap around the sensitive area of your wrist and they hold your wrist at a pre strained angle.
To move more efficiently, the poles and arms must work smoothly as a single unit. The key to achieving this is the design of the handles, as they are the connection between the poles and your body.
1. Pacerpoles are paired left and right like your shoes, with a unique contoured thumb shelf. The handles naturally slip into your palms, holding thumb and fingers in a relaxed position. Fingers are loosely held, just enough to precisely position the tip of the pole in the ground.
2. The Pacerpole handle has a patented angle which holds the hand at the optimum angle of relaxation, eliminating wrist strain.
3. The handle a unique flared base. The base of your hand rests against this base, providing the platform for forward thrust. No wrist sling is necessary.
4. The patented handle shape immediately disperses the impact along its contours when the pole hits the ground, making a shock absorbing spring unnecessary. Eliminating shock without an energy wasting spring allows more efficient muscle use.
These features work naturally together to control the pronation of the forearm as it pivots over the pole tip during the thrusting phase, creating the most natural and efficient line of thrust. The poles become extensions of your arms, increasing power, stability and speed, and at the end of a day’s use the hands are unstrained.
The use of Pacerpoles encourages a more erect posture and reduces the tendency of the body to slump forward under load and fatigue.
Pacerpoles widen your support base, making it easy to stay upright. When moving, you have at least two contact points with the ground rather than one, enhancing stability.The handle contours make positioning of the pole tip more precise, making the poles suitable for running, rapid movement on rough terrain, and steep descents.
Carrying a load
By combining the biomechanicanical efficiency of FlowMo Bodypacks and Pacerpoles you get the ideal posture and balance, resulting in minimum energy expenditure and body strain hour after hour.
The formula for the most efficient and enjoyable experience of moving through the wilderness is therefore:
FLOWMO BODYPACK + LIGHT LOAD + PACERPOLES
For further information, see: www.pacerpole.com