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What’s the correct walking stick height?

How tall should a walking stick be?

— Walking Wyatt, El Paso, Tex.

A. First thing to consider is how you’ll be using your stick. If you plan to hike with it, look for a tall and straight stick. Here’s a good rule on sizing: Standing with your arms at your side, the stick should be about 6 or 8 inches taller than your elbow. Pick a longer stick if you’ll be tackling steep terrain. If you’re really just planning on walking with your stick, a shorter one will do. Pick a stick that comes to right around your waist.

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24 Comments on What’s the correct walking stick height?

  1. 5’3” what height should walking stick be. Thanks

  2. Would this also apply for trekking poles?

  3. I am looking for a walking for a 5′ man. I do not know how high my cane should be ?

  4. Cut to size 1 to 3 inches under your armpit for all-use comfort

  5. Measure to 3 inches under your armpit and mark…cut on longer side of marking to have extra stick

  6. Off-Trail Monkey // May 6, 2014 at 9:40 am // Reply

    Six feet six inches.

  7. my stick is 52″ long and it doesnt feel right but i’m fear to cut it to short

  8. i’m 5’1″ tall how tall should my walking stick be to my height.

  9. im still making mine in doing a really good job

  10. cool backpacker 101 // June 27, 2008 at 6:41 pm // Reply

    i like to use trekking poles because they help me keep my balance better because i like to tackle uneven terrain

  11. nice

  12. useful!

  13. it should be about up to your chin

  14. i tackle steep paths and my stick is perfect so, listen to these people

  15. agent doolin, C.I.A. // August 4, 2007 at 5:19 am // Reply


  16. Pack760scout // August 3, 2007 at 6:58 am // Reply

    I,ll be able to use this!

  17. troop547scout // July 25, 2007 at 8:13 am // Reply


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