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How Tall Should a Hiking Staff Be?

Tuesday, 16 August 2022  |  Eugene

Hiking staffs and trekking poles can help you to work up a rhythm, cover more ground and remain stable on rough surfaces. They're most effective when they're the correct height for you, so it's important to make sure you find the right size. 

How Tall Should My Hiking Staff Be?

Standing with your arms at your side, measure the distance from your elbow to the floor. Your ideal hiking staff should be around 6 - 8 inches (15 - 20cm) higher than your elbow. If you are walking on steep terrain a longer stick is recommended, though the beauty of a staff handle is its ability to be gripped at any point, allowing you to change the functional length for any environment.

Scorched Chestnut Walking Staff

A great example of a simple yet effective hiking staff, the Scorched Chestnut Walking Staff is made from a solid piece of chestnut wood with a flame-scorched finish. The staff features an alpine ferrule which will provide a fantastic grip on nearly all types of outdoor terrain. It is approximately 137cm high.

Hiking Staffs by Height

Once you've taken your measurement according to the guidelines above, have a look at our sticks in your height category. Click any of the height ranges below:

Our Hiking Staffs 100cm and Below

These are our shortest staffs and hiking sticks, recommended for children or especially small adults.

Junior Hiker Children's Hiking Stick

Junior Hiker Children's Hiking Stick

£14.99
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Junior Hiker Children's Hiking Sticks (Pair)

Junior Hiker Children's Hiking Sticks (Pair)

£26.99
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Natural Chestnut Knob Handle Wooden Walking Stick

Natural Chestnut Knob Handle Wooden Walking Stick

£44.99
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Stout Hazel Knob Handle Walking Stick

Stout Hazel Knob Handle Walking Stick

£57.99
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Our Hiking Staffs 115 - 125cm (45 - 49")

These are sticks of an intermediate height, suitable for average users on flat terrain.

Chestnut Hiking Staff

Chestnut Hiking Staff

£18.99
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Chestnut Hiking Staff with English Rose

Chestnut Hiking Staff with English Rose

£24.99
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Chestnut Hiking Staff with Hunter Carving

Chestnut Hiking Staff with Hunter Carving

£24.99
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Chestnut Hiking Staff with Irish Shamrock

Chestnut Hiking Staff with Irish Shamrock

£24.99
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Chestnut Hiking Staff with Labrador Retriever Carving

Chestnut Hiking Staff with Labrador Retriever Carving

£24.99
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Chestnut Hiking Staff with Pheasant Carving

Chestnut Hiking Staff with Pheasant Carving

£24.99
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Chestnut Hiking Staff with Scottish Thistle

Chestnut Hiking Staff with Scottish Thistle

£24.99
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Chestnut Hiking Staff with Stag Carving

Chestnut Hiking Staff with Stag Carving

£24.99
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Chestnut Hiking Staff with Welsh Dragon

Chestnut Hiking Staff with Welsh Dragon

£24.99
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Bamboo Hiking Staff

Bamboo Hiking Staff

£28.99
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Congo-Effect Chestnut Hiking Staff

Congo-Effect Chestnut Hiking Staff

£21.99
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Dark Scorched Chestnut Hiking Staff

Dark Scorched Chestnut Hiking Staff

£27.99
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Hazel Hiking Staff

Hazel Hiking Staff

£29.99
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Hazel Hiking Staff with Green Cord Wrist Strap

Hazel Hiking Staff with Green Cord Wrist Strap

£29.99
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Our Hiking Staffs 125 - 135cm (49 - 53")

These sticks are suitable for those of an average to above average height on varied terrain.

Antler Thumbstick with Magnetic Handle

Antler Thumbstick with Magnetic Handle

£112.99
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Chestnut Hiker Stick with Plain Ferrule

Chestnut Hiker Stick with Plain Ferrule

£23.99
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Chestnut Hiker Stick with Spiked Ferrule

Chestnut Hiker Stick with Spiked Ferrule

£24.99
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Staghorn Handle Hiking Staff

Staghorn Handle Hiking Staff

£46.99
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Our Hiking Staffs 135cm and Over (53" and Over)

These staffs are suitable for tall users on varied or steep terrain.

Antler Thumbstick with Magnetic Handle

Antler Thumbstick with Magnetic Handle

£112.99
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Bamboo Hiking Pole

Bamboo Hiking Pole

£22.99
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Chestnut Bark Walking Staff with Compass

Chestnut Bark Walking Staff with Compass

£24.99
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Chestnut Walking Staff with Bark

Chestnut Walking Staff with Bark

£22.99
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Hazel Scout Staff (5' 6'')

Hazel Scout Staff (5' 6")

£54.99
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Scorched Chestnut Walking Staff

Scorched Chestnut Walking Staff

£22.99
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How Long Should My Trekking Pole Be?

The more technical sibling to the hiking staff, trekking poles enhance stability, establish a walking rhythm and reduce the pressure on your knees. Stand up straight with your arms by your side and bend your elbow so that your arm is at a 90° angle to your body. The ideal trekking pole should measure from the underside of your forearm to the ground.

Below is a rough guide: 

Height Suggested Pole Length
Under 5' 1" 100cm (39")
5' 1" - 5' 7" 110cm (43")
5' 8" - 5' 11" 120cm (47")
6' and above 130cm (51")

What Size Trekking Pole Should I Get?

Much like our advice for hiking staffs, a longer trekking pole can be advantageous for rough terrain, allow you to deal with ups, downs and sudden changes. As most trekking poles are adjustable, you'll be able to customise the height for every walk.

Height Adjustable Green Trekking Pole

height-adjustable-green-trekking-pole

One of our most popular trekking poles, the Height Adjustable Green Trekking Pole can be adjusted easily between 80cm high to 156cm to suit most heights and terrain. It is possible to use one pole, but many hikers find that using two helps to reduce strain on knee and ankle joints, especially when carrying rucksacks. 

Some of Our Favourite Trekking Poles

Here we've selected some of our favourite trekking poles to give you an idea of the options available.

Black Trekking Pole with Shock Absorber

Black Trekking Pole with Shock Absorber

£19.99
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Flexyfoot Blue Urban Hiking Pole

Flexyfoot Blue Urban Hiking Pole

£19.99
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Black Folding Hiking Pole

Black Folding Hiking Pole

£34.99
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Short Grey Folding Trekking Pole

Short Grey Folding Trekking Pole

£29.99
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What About Other Walking Stick Heights?

If you need to know the height of a more conventional walking stick, height read our guide to choosing your walking stick height. If you want to see some more similar sticks on top of what's been suggested here, feel free to have a look at the following sections:

Have any questions, or something to add? You can leave us your thoughts in the comments section below, or get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.