We firmly believe that the life cycle of a product does not end when it gets damaged.
This is why Decathlon is offering solutions for properly using, maintaining and repairing your product, in order to extend its lifespan.
This multi-purpose SH500 pole with an extra long grip was designed to be strong and durable, but if you have a question or a problem, don't panic: we're here to support you.
Poles are very popular with hikers because of their many benefits. They are useful in the following three areas:
- Safety by preventing falls and retaining balance
- Increased performance for those who want to go faster and walk for longer
- Health for improved posture and relieving the back and the joints as a result
When standing, the forearm holding the pole should be at a right angle to the upper arm, which is in line with the body.
Each user can choose the way they walk with hiking poles. Whether you use the alternate or simultaneous pole-ing technique, with one or two poles, you are free to adapt your technique to make it as natural as possible.
We recommend planting the tips of your poles far in front of you or to the sides so that you don't trip yourself up when you walk.
It is important to take into account the gradient of the slope and adjust your pole-ing technique accordingly:
- Going uphill, you can grip slightly lower down the pole so that you don't have to constantly change its setting.
- Going downhill, you can use the pommel and remove the wrist strap to reduce the risk of falling. The pole is meant to provide support, but you should not put your entire body weight on it.
The external blocker is the most popular system used for easily and precisely adjusting it to the length you want.All you have to do is open the lever of the external blocker and slide the section to the required length. Finish by closing the lever. Be careful not to go beyond the red line of the stop mark.
If you feel that the pole is coming loose and the sections are starting to slip, don't hesitate to tighten the external blocker with the adjustment wheel.
The correct positioning of the hand in the wrist strap is really important because it improves grip and comfort. Whether the wrist strap has a velcro or a clip fastening system, follow our advice.
Because the noise of the repeated tapping sound on the ground is sometimes annoying, you can add rubber caps to the tips of your poles. However, these can only reduce the noise level and cannot completely eliminate the noise coming from other parts of the pole.
There are many spaces on the hiking bags to carry your poles when you are not using them during your entire hike.
Regarding the SH500 poles and poles with fewer than 3 sections in general, use the attachment points on your bag, e.g. the elastics, external pockets or compression straps, to fasten them. Remember to place them in a strategic place so that they do not hinder your movements during your hike.
The baskets are not required and you can largely do without them. However, they can be very useful in preventing your tips from getting stuck in between rocks and snapping your pole. What's more, you can use slightly larger winter baskets to prevent the pole from digging deep into snow or even sand.
Does your pole have a small defect or is it broken? Don't throw it away, fix it! Carry out your own repairs with the help of our videos. They are considered to be easy and usually don't take too much time. You will find compatible spare parts in the following section.
How to replace the tip of your hiking pole ?
Adding a basket to your hiking pole
You do not have the right equipment or you do not feel able to carry out these repairs, right? No problem: our workshops will take care of you. Click on the link of the service that you want and book an appointment online by entering the corresponding number.
You have no other option than to throw away your poles, right? Get into the habit of not putting them in the household or recycling waste, and go to a recycling centre so that they can be repurposed. Because they are mainly made of aluminium, the pole will go into the metal section, while the baskets will go into the plastic section.