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Hiking pole rubber tips wearing out too quickly

Camino(s) past & future
Via Podiensis (2016); Camino Portugues (2017); Via Regia (2018)
#1
Dear fellow Camino walkers,

On the Camino, I usually use my walking pole with the rubber tip on to reduce the noise it makes on paved roads and paths. But it wears out very quickly. Typically, after 2 days and a distance of about 50km, I start to see the metal tip of my pole emerging. I have tried to find rubber tips that are more long lasting, but the ones I have seen all look similar to those I have got.

I also wonder if I have been using my pole incorrectly, which wears out the rubber tip more quickly than it would otherwise.

Grateful for any advice on a good brand for rubber tips, or appropriate pole use, to address this. Thank you!
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
#8
I had the same problem initially. I even tried putting metal washers inside the tips.

The easy solution is to buy the tips made from 'hard' rubber, not soft rubber.
You can easily feel the difference when you find them.

I found them in Zubiri. But there are loads on Amazon.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Via Podiensis (2016); Camino Portugues (2017); Via Regia (2018)
#9
I had the same problem initially. I even tried putting metal washers inside the tips.

The easy solution is to buy the tips made from 'hard' rubber, not soft rubber.
You can easily feel the difference when you find them.

I found them in Zubiri.
Noted. Thanks.
 

Dancing Rain

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Salvado (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
#12
Rounded tips I bought from the Planeta Agua shop in Zubiri lasted really well
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: September 24 - October 31 (2015); February/March (2020)
#13
Dear fellow Camino walkers,

On the Camino, I usually use my walking pole with the rubber tip on to reduce the noise it makes on paved roads and paths. But it wears out very quickly. Typically, after 2 days and a distance of about 50km, I start to see the metal tip of my pole emerging. I have tried to find rubber tips that are more long lasting, but the ones I have seen all look similar to those I have got.

I also wonder if I have been using my pole incorrectly, which wears out the rubber tip more quickly than it would otherwise.

Grateful for any advice on a good brand for rubber tips, or appropriate pole use, to address this. Thank you!
I’ve tried the REI, Leki, and Black Diamond tips. The Black Diamond tips lastest the longest for me. The Leki tips lasted half as long (1 month vs 2 for the Black Diamond). The REI tips lasted the shortest amount of time (2 weeks). Make sure you get the tips meant for use. The tips that come with the poles are just meant for transport.
 

Kanga

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Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese.
#17
I think mine came from ebay US - very cheaply. A friend bought them for me - he ordered three or four pairs and distributed them among a few of us. They are not a "known" brand.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Via Podiensis (2016); Camino Portugues (2017); Via Regia (2018)
#18
[QUOTE="The tips that come with the poles are just meant for transport.[/QUOTE]

Ironically, the tip that originally came with my pole came off during transportation - on the bus to the airport. It was lost forever before I even started using the pole itself! This is how I ended up with the El Cheapo ones I bought in Hong Kong in transit...
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
#19
The rubber tips that came with my Pacer Poles seem to last forever! I've used them for two Caminos, with plenty of wear left in them.
 

Charles Zammit

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances , St Jean Pied de Port - Finisterra May/ June 2017
Le Puy en Velay - Ales May 2018
#20
Leki round tips for sure . I also bought them in Zubiri , perhaps there is a ley line through this town that makes them better than anything else:) so far they have lasted the bulk of the Frances , the entire GR70 and countless Australian bush walks .
 

FLEUR

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
#21
@Kanga
It looks to me as though the tips you have are the ones we have for Nordic walking. I've several different makes of poles for Nordic Walking and have found that the tips are not always interchangeable.
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
#22
I bought a pair of these from a Decathlon branch in Madrid before one of my stages on the Via de la Plata. Bulbous mushroom-style things in plastic. I walked 300+km on that stage with little visible sign of wear. I then took one of my poles with me to Japan and used it along with a traditional wooden staff for another 1200km, mostly on hard road surfaces. Still not worn through yet. Very impressed with them.

nordic-tips.jpg
 
Camino(s) past & future
Arriving in Biarritz on 26th April 2018 for my first camino
#26
Dear fellow Camino walkers,

On the Camino, I usually use my walking pole with the rubber tip on to reduce the noise it makes on paved roads and paths. But it wears out very quickly. Typically, after 2 days and a distance of about 50km, I start to see the metal tip of my pole emerging. I have tried to find rubber tips that are more long lasting, but the ones I have seen all look similar to those I have got.

I also wonder if I have been using my pole incorrectly, which wears out the rubber tip more quickly than it would otherwise.

Grateful for any advice on a good brand for rubber tips, or appropriate pole use, to address this. Thank you!
I saw someone with corks on the end of their walking sticks to solve this problem. I seriously considered this at one point .

On a more serious note there are some useful YouTube videos demonstrating how to appropriately use walking poles :)
 
#27
I have cheap Decathlon poles, with the secret weapon of Leki tips.
That's my routine too! Leki tips are €4 a pair here in Holland but last longer than the Decathlon ones. For a walk of 500-600 km I definitely need 2 sets. I learned the hard way by ruining the metal tips of my first set of which were expensive Black Diamond poles.

After reading all the comments I must be tough on my poles as there is no way that I could walk more about 500 km with one set of Leki round tips.
 

MikeJS

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2011), Norte (2012), VdlP (Apr 2016). Sureste/Invierno (Apr/May 2017).
#28
Ditch the poles, except for specific needs such as steep inclines and down hills, and then you will not need the tips
 

Myrna Kaye

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
I would like to do the Camino in the spring of 2015
#29
Dear fellow Camino walkers,

On the Camino, I usually use my walking pole with the rubber tip on to reduce the noise it makes on paved roads and paths. But it wears out very quickly. Typically, after 2 days and a distance of about 50km, I start to see the metal tip of my pole emerging. I have tried to find rubber tips that are more long lasting, but the ones I have seen all look similar to those I have got.

I also wonder if I have been using my pole incorrectly, which wears out the rubber tip more quickly than it would otherwise.

Grateful for any advice on a good brand for rubber tips, or appropriate pole use, to address this. Thank you!
Wine bottle corks worked wonderfully on my Portuguese Camino last year - I displayed them, along with my shell, on the mantle after my walk.
 

Walking Lover

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CdS from Leon to Santiago, June 16, 2016 to June 30, 2016.
#30
Dear fellow Camino walkers,

On the Camino, I usually use my walking pole with the rubber tip on to reduce the noise it makes on paved roads and paths. But it wears out very quickly. Typically, after 2 days and a distance of about 50km, I start to see the metal tip of my pole emerging. I have tried to find rubber tips that are more long lasting, but the ones I have seen all look similar to those I have got.

I also wonder if I have been using my pole incorrectly, which wears out the rubber tip more quickly than it would otherwise.

Grateful for any advice on a good brand for rubber tips, or appropriate pole use, to address this. Thank you!
We always carry extra tips.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (Sept 2016)
SDC/ Finesterre/ Muxia (2016)
#32
great tip that worked well for me ( ha! just notice the pun!)

I did bring 3 extra pairs of tips because i used my poles all the time
how ever the metal tip tends to punch through the rubber separate from routine wear.

from another suggestion I got plastic washers from the hardware store that just fit around the base of the metal tip, then placed the rubber over both - the plastic disperses the pressure so the metal tip doesnt punch thru!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes to Burgos, Oct 2018
Burgos to Santiago, May 2019, D.V.
#33
I bought a pair of these from a Decathlon branch in Madrid before one of my stages on the Via de la Plata. Bulbous mushroom-style things in plastic. I walked 300+km on that stage with little visible sign of wear. I then took one of my poles with me to Japan and used it along with a traditional wooden staff for another 1200km, mostly on hard road surfaces. Still not worn through yet. Very impressed with them.

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Got something like these with my Expedition trekking poles, but took them off and left them in the forest outside of Lourdes. Got a replacement pair at the outfitting shop in SJPP, €8 fr the pair.
 

nidarosa

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Yes please!
#34
Just came back from Spain and have seen so many people with rubber tips and metal tip sticking out. No idea why they don't go and get another pair. My Leki and Pacerpole tips have both done about 1000 kms and hardly show signs of wear, both have a metal ring inside to stop the pole tip from coming through.
 

Martyduc

Hunter Valley,Australia
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 15,Portuguese 16,Finisterre Muxia 16,Ingles16,, Almeria to Muxia,Finesterre 18,,Camino 19 ??
#36
the leki tips which i never took off lasted me 1500 kms of my last camino ,,,,very happy !!!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
#37
How long did they last? I need rubber tips for my Black Diamond ones and another for Hubby’s Leki poles. Only need them to last 320 km. The clicking sound on pavement drove us crazy on our first Camino.
Hi AD. My tips lasted the 500 miles on the Frances and still had some wear left when finished. Mine are styled like a "boot" with treads on the bottom, from Amazon.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino frances
#39
Dear fellow Camino walkers,

On the Camino, I usually use my walking pole with the rubber tip on to reduce the noise it makes on paved roads and paths. But it wears out very quickly. Typically, after 2 days and a distance of about 50km, I start to see the metal tip of my pole emerging. I have tried to find rubber tips that are more long lasting, but the ones I have seen all look similar to those I have got.

I also wonder if I have been using my pole incorrectly, which wears out the rubber tip more quickly than it would otherwise.

Grateful for any advice on a good brand for rubber tips, or appropriate pole use, to address this. Thank you!
Get the big ones. They look like mushrooms on the end of your poles. My wife used them, and they lasted her about 400km. You can buy them in SJPP for sure. We ordered replacements from Amazon when at Finisterre for our next Camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
#40
Get the big ones. They look like mushrooms on the end of your poles. My wife used them, and they lasted her about 400km. You can buy them in SJPP for sure. We ordered replacements from Amazon when at Finisterre for our next Camino.
The big mushroom like ones are handy in that they don't get stuck between the cracks. I discovered this walking on the boardwalks by the coast on the CP.
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
#41
I just received these from Amazon in a 12 pack for $9.99. They fit both my Black Diamond Trail Pro shock poles and my husband's older Leki. They are identical to the Leki brand. Perfect snug fit. I will definitely be taking an extra set for each of us even though we are only walking 275km on the Invierno route.
https://amzn.to/2HbkNjc
 

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#44
If you are using tips that are round, as opposed to a nordic type wedge-shaped tips, consider simply turning them one-quarter or 90-degrees. Most poles, once assembled and tightened stay that way. This holds the tip in a constant alignment in relation to the direct of travel and daily use.

This necessarily means that a wear pattern will develop. One quarter of the round tip will begin to be abraded and over time, will look like someone took a file to it to flatten it off. But, notice that 3/4 of the tip still looks pretty much like new...

Before this wear becomes complete and your tip shows through, simply tighten the poles and twist the tip 90-degrees to one direction or another. This should expose a new rounded tip surface that has virtually no abrasion wear on it. Your tips will then last longer.

I check my pole tips once every few days. This does work. If I have collapsed my poles for any reason, when I extend and secure them again, I rotate the rubber tip to expose a new surface.

It's an easy 'hack.'

Hope this helps.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
#45
You could also buy the 'family pack' of 12 as AlaskaDiver did, then proceed to give them out to noisy pilgrims making the click-clack noise on paved surfaces. You would be surprised at the number of pilgrims who know about poles but are clueless about silencing them using rubber tips.

Spread the goodness...pay it forward...

Hope this helps.
 
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Stivandrer

Perambulating & Curious. Rep stravaiging offender
Camino(s) past & future
I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
#46
Once again, I want to sell the idea of donning the rubber pads as you go from concrete and tarmac into inhabitated areas and remove them when you hit the gravel again and when you want this distinctice bite that the tip has when you need it.
I still do it on the fly without stopping.
Rubber go in my back pocket,never lost them, original pair still perfect after three caminos..
I hate the tickety tackety just as much as the next guy...
 
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
#48
Stivander, I do the exact same thing. Perhaps I am not quite as conditioned as you, but if I hear the 'click clack' from my hiking sticks, it does remind me to take the rubber tips from my pocket and put them on.

It is the reverse, remembering to remove them when I leave paved surfaces, that confuses me. Usually, I am reinforced in this practice the first time I lose a tip to the 'mud god.' After I beat myself up for being stupid and lazy, I take one of my several spares and put it on.

To prevent loss of rubber tip to the 'mud god' I learned that a turn or two of 1" duck tape around the bottom of my pole tightens the tip fit and helps keep the rubber tip from being sucked off by mud. You can do ANYTHING with duck tape.

Hope this helps.
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
#50
Once again, I want to sell the idea of donning the rubber pads as you go from concrete and tarmac into inhabitated areas and remove them when you hit the gravel again and when you want this distinctice bite that the tip has when you need it.
I still do it on the fly without stopping.
Rubber go in my back pocket,never lost them, original pair still perfect after three caminos..
I hate the tickety tackety just as much as the next guy...
My rubber tips stay on all the time. It was too much of a hassle to switch them out all the time.
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte end of March 2019
#51
The ones I bought are the same minus the brand name stamped on them :) and far more reasonably priced. $14 is way too much for 2 rubber tips.
Happy you like the one you bought. I included the link not for the price but only to show that they were available .
 

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