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Folding sticks are an ideal companion on every hike. But sometimes you need free hands on your tour so you can hold on. Walking sticks are also not appropriate on buses or trains. But where should you quickly put the equipment? Ideally, you transport your folding poles on or in your backpack.

You can find out how to attach them correctly with or without a pole holder in the following article.

Why should you attach hiking poles to your backpack?

Demanding tours in particular often contain sections of the route that are quite challenging in the truest sense of the word. Most of the time you can't avoid climbing. Hiking poles are rather a hindrance and in the Stick holder on Hiking backpack better off.

If you use public transport on the way there or back on your hike, you should use yours Folding sticks also prefer on or transport in a backpackin order not to hurt those around you.

Attach folding sticks to your backpack

What types of hiking poles are suitable for attaching to a backpack?

On most models, the pole holder on the backpack is for attaching folding and Telescopic hiking poles designed. Hiking poles with a fixed length are not suitable for transporting in a backpack. They are too bulky and don't fit in the holder.

If you want to attach folding sticks, you should determine the distance between them in advance Check fastening loops. Due to the small pack size, these may be too far apart. But even in this case you don't have to forego transport. We'll show you alternative fastening tips right away.

Are you more of a video type? No problem, we go into the topic in detail in our buying guide for hiking poles.

How do you prevent hiking poles from rattling on your backpack?

Clattering sticks can be a tough test for some hikers. After all, we are out in nature to enjoy the silence and peace.

If you want to avoid background noise when attaching your hiking poles, you should also use the compression straps on your backpack. These sit on the side. By simply pulling them together, the poles are firmly enclosed and sit silently on the backpack.

Different attachment tips for trekking poles

Even if you don't have a stick holder on your backpack, you don't have to forgo transport. We'll show you what options there are:

1. The sticks in the backpack

Countless backpack companies now offer a wide variety of options for attaching hiking poles. However, this does not automatically mean that hiking poles attached to the outside are the ideal case.

In the best case scenario, you should plan your backpack so that you have the outside do not attach any equipment must. Outdoor equipment, which is attached to the outside, can have significant disadvantages.

"It is safer to keep trekking poles in your backpack. On the one hand, they can easily get lost and if you fall, the risk of injury is higher."so Wolfgang Loacker – Austrian mountain and ski guide. 

In addition, the weight distribution of hiking poles attached to the outside is suboptimal. Weight pulls backwards and downwards. On the one hand, hiking becomes more strenuous and you can start to falter on tricky sections. Here you can find out how to get yours Adjust the backpack correctly can to avoid this.


2. Attach the tip to the backpack

The attachment option depends very much on your backpack. In most cases, trekking and hiking backpacks have special mounts in the form of loops and rakes, which make it possible to insert and thread the poles.

For loops (the tip) is inserted at the bottom. The small loop is used for sticks without plates, and the large loop is used for sticks with plates. The plates usually prevent slipping. Otherwise, you can turn down the pole plates to attach them in just a few steps.

Expert tip: Wide loops are not necessarily intended to hold hiking poles. Especially on ski and climbing backpacks, wide loops are used to attach ice tools and ropes.

Not every backpack is equipped with a stick holder. But don't worry, there are other ways to attach your poles.

3. Attach hiking poles to the backpack with compression straps

Compression straps are loops, predominantly right or left on the backpack attached, which can be closed. The hiking poles are enclosed and tightened. Thanks to this attachment, your poles don't swing back and forth.

4. Velcro and cable ties as fastening options

One alternative are external Velcro fasteners and cable tiesto attach hiking poles to the backpack.

These methods require that there are already holders on your backpack where you can thread your external Velcro or cable ties.

Especially the Velcro fastening method is only for him transport suitable.

Hiking poles can be attached to the backpack

Examples of the practical use of cable ties on backpacks:

Fastening using Cable ties is ideal if you public transportation like train or bus. Even if your backpack is stowed on the roof of a car, you have no direct view and cannot readjust it in an emergency.

With the cable ties tightly tightened, your trekking poles will hold securely to your backpack. Especially on backpacking tours you often use different means of transport. It may make sense to additionally attach the poles to the corresponding brackets with cable ties.


Good hiking poles are also suitable for attaching to a backpack, provided you have an appropriate holder. Alternatively, you can attach your poles using your improvisational talent.

However, you should always remember that transporting it in a backpack is always the safest solution. This means you can't lose your poles and there's no risk of injury.


Can I attach my hiking poles to any backpack or are there any restrictions?

Even if you can't find a pole holder on your backpack, you don't have to do without attaching your poles. All you need is some improvisation skills. Among other things, you can use the compression straps on the sides for other purposes. If you use folding poles, you can easily transport them in your backpack.

Do I have to pay attention to the weight when attaching my hiking poles to my backpack?

When hiking, every gram counts. That's why you should avoid attaching heavy models. This way you protect your back and also your backpack. Ultralight carbon hiking poles are a good choice in all situations. They are as Folding and telescopic poles available.

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