We firmly believe that the lifecycle of a product doesn’t end once it’s damaged. That’s why Decathlon offers solutions for the proper use, maintenance and repair of your product, which will help increase its lifespan.
Designed for Fast Hiking due to its light weight, this FH500 pole is conditioned to be tough and durable, but if you have a question or encounter a problem, this page is for you.
Poles are very popular with hikers because they have numerous benefits. Their usefulness mainly addresses three aspects:
- The quest for performance for those who want to go faster and keep going for longer
- Safety to avoid the risk of falls and improve your balance
- Health to have a solid support and relieve your joints
When stationary, the forearm holding the pole should be at right angles to the arm alongside the body.
Each user can choose how they walk with hiking poles. Alternate or simultaneous approach, one or two poles, you’re free to adapt to make it as natural as possible.
We recommend you put the tips of your poles far in front of you or to the sides so that your feet don’t get caught up in them when you walk.
It’s important to take into account the steepness of the slope to adapt the use of your poles:
- When going uphill, you can grip slightly lower down the handle to avoid constantly changing the adjustment of your pole.
- When going downhill, you can use the pommel and remove the strap to avoid the risk of falls. The pole is just for support, so avoid putting your full body weight on it.
The adjustment system is very simple: just unscrew the section to slide it to the correct length, then screw it back again clockwise. Make sure you don’t exceed the red stop line.
Correctly positioning your hand in the strap is really important because it gives you a better grip and maximum comfort. Whether you have a velcro or clip strap, let our advice be your guide.
Because the sound of repeated contact with the ground is annoying at times, you have the option of placing rubber tips on the end of your poles. However, these only serve to reduce the noise and cannot completely eliminate it from other parts of the pole.
There are plenty of places on hiking bags to carry your poles when you’re not using them during your hike.
As for this FH500 pole, use the attachment points on your backpack, such as elastics, external pockets or compression straps to secure them. Remember to put them in the right place so they don’t get in the way during your hike.
Baskets aren’t essential and you can manage perfectly well without them. However, they’re very useful to avoid getting the tip of your pole stuck among rocks and potentially breaking your pole. What’s more, you can use slightly larger winter baskets so that you don't sink into the snow or even into sand.
Your pole has a small defect or is broken? Don't throw it away - fix it! Carry out repairs yourself using our videos. These are considered easy and usually take little time. You’ll find compatible spare parts in the following section.
Changing the tip of your hiking pole
Putting a basket on your hiking pole
You don’t have the right equipment or don’t feel able to carry out this repair? Don't panic: our workshops will take care of it for you! Click on the link below and make an appointment online by entering the following service number: 8032079.
Got no other solution but to throw away your poles? Don’t put them in the bin or selective sorting, but go to a recycling centre so that they can be reused. Mainly made of aluminium, this pole can go in the metal section, while the baskets go into plastics.