That depends on where you live. I found poles to be significantly cheaper on Camino than at home.They are more expensive than shopping for them at home.
Poles violate the rules for carry-on, but they often are let through. It is a risk for confiscation or gate-check. About the only agreement is that you cannot get them through Santiago airport! Also Baltimore and Newark.
Margaret, I'd love to hear more about your poles. Whilst I'm a bit younger than you, I have fibromyalgia and some spinal issues, so want to walk with good supportive poles. I'm trying to get as many opinions as I can before buying some. I live in a small country town, so trying them out in advance is u possible.Young people can get away with cheap poles, but "oldies" like myself - 75 years - are better off with Pacer Poles or similar, on which you can really lean on rather like a walking stick.
Ricardo is being too modest re his 'limited knowledge'.I share with you my limited knowledge on poles. . . . .
*I strongly recommend that you visit some web sites on HOW TO USE WALKING POLES PROPERLY.
*Grips are very important. Make sure they feel comfortable and are built for sweaty hands.
*Handle straps should be cushioned.
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