I always have my set in my pack for when I get my animal down. I don't use them until then but it makes it so much easier with 120 lbs on your back.I have found over the last 5 years (now 69 6'4" 265 lbs) or so that the use of trekking poles has increased my ability to walk farther under less effort. I have used all sorts of them and have spent all sorts of $$$ on them. In 2017 I was training for a mule deer bow hunt in ND Badlands (Medora mostly) so I was walking quite a bit using poles so I decided to buy a set of really cheap ones from Wally World. I almost couldn't believe what I found out. I purchased a set for less than $19, used them for about 6 months hard including while local bow season carrying a climber thru swamps etc. I was saving my "good ones" for trip. The cheap ones from Walmart were so stout and held up so well I actually took them to ND and beat the crap out of them in ND. They held up fine and I am still using them so I decided to give link to see if anyone else might want to try them or had similar experience. I did have to replace one of the rubber stops and used a cane replacement rubber pad with JB weld and so far so good. It is almost embarrassing to see how well they work for such a low price.
A few years ago, the addition of trekking poles for hiking and backpacking in the mountains has made a HUGE difference for me.
My outfitter for my upcoming Yukon sheep hunt suggested I buy a pair, especially for traversing scree slides without slipping downhill. And a friend who has been on 3 sheep hunts confirmed this for me: he said "impassable" scree slides can be traversed using them.
So true. No one uses the straps correctly.Once again, if you know the proper way to us your pole straps it will help a lot to relieve forearm muscle tiredness plus give more control of the poles when descending. The straps main use is not to keep them on your hand but to give your hand a better way to put pressure downward on the pole.
Just go to YouTube and search for XC ski pole use demonstrations.