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How to Measure for a Hiking Stick

canescanhikers_f90x113_1361418750.jpgLengths of Hiking Sticks - Only a guideline

  • oak_walking_stick__f500x500.jpgFor people who are shorter than 4' 8", we generally recommend a 41-inch stick.
  • For people who are shorter than 5' 4", we recommend a 48-inch stick.
  • For people who are between 5' 4" and 5' 11", we recommend a 55-inch stick.
  • For adults over 5' 11", we recommend a 58-inch stick.

Remember, you can buy the full length Hiking Stick or Staff, then cut it later once you have a proper feel for it's use. They are hard to shorten though.

Most Hiking Sticks are purchased UNCUT, since the user will want to get a feel for the stick before committing to a reduction in size.

wooden walking.jpgCutting Your Hiking Stick

While gripping the Hiker shaft twist the rubber tip from the end. If the rubber tip is too tight, work a squirt of WD-40 or a solution of warm water and liquid soap between the shaft and the tip. Cutting can be achieved with most normal manual and power saws, though you will want a finer blade to avoid splintering. Once the tip has been removed, cut the Hiker at the marked point, and then replace the rubber tip back onto the bottom. To allow for individual differences, you should cut longer than the determined size and check for comfort before making the final cut. (Tips add an approx. ½” to 1" cushion to the final height of a cane.)


Contact Canes Canada for any information about Hiking Sticks, Staffs or Walking Sticks