For casual hikers, the nearest good-sized tree branch will typically fill the role of balancing assistant during the more treacherous sections of a multi-mile forest jaunt.
The Adrenalist needs something with a bit more flash and style, however. If you’d prefer to put your faith in the almighty dollar instead of letting nature provide, then you’re going to want a pair of trekking poles.
For one of the best available, look no further than REI’s Traverse Powerlock Trekking Poles. Each lightweight three-section rod can be extended as long as 55 inches and features contoured cork hand grips with adjustable neoprene straps and tungsten carbide tips for digging in deep on rough terrain.
Get a pair straight from REI for $89.50.