Hiking Stick Information
From the best wood with custom sizes for hikers, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts:
Kingfisher makes the strongest and most reliable wooden hiking sticks available in custom lengths and diameters. Along with wood choice, the resilient and beautiful Appalachian Hickory of the American Southeast, the other most important characteristic of the hiking stick is its shape: a straight staff gives the user the most flexibility in choosing hand position for optimal working length. When hiking uphill or downhill, it can be grasped higher or lower for best reach and balance. Adjustments can be made instantly. Since there is no left or right hand bias, the hiker can quickly shift between hands. Although branches and irregularly shaped sticks provide a whimsical appearance, they also restrict the hiker's hand placement and limit the adjustments possible with a straight uniform staff.
Choosing the length of your hiking stick:
When choosing the length of the hiking stick, it's usually good to have an amount of "counter-balance" above the hand grip. Some extra length is also good for downhill pitches. As a general guideline, we recommend using the measurement from the neck (jugular notch area) to the ground as shown below.
Choosing the Thickness of your Hiking Stick:
Two diameters are available. The original 15/16" diameter is intended to be light and fast - it has a more slender feel. The 1" diameter option is thicker and has a medium girth for those preferring a slightly thicker feel.
Approximate Hiking Stick Weights*:
|Grade L5 15/16" diameter||.35oz per inch length|
|Grade L5 1" diameter||.38oz per inch length|
|Grade L7 and hc 15/16" diameter||.39oz per inch length|
|Grade L7 and hc 1" diameter||.43oz per inch length|
|Enhanced 15/16" diameter||.42oz per inch length|
|Enhanced 1" diameter||.48 oz per inch length|
And - add .5oz for the carbide tip
Example, if you choose a 56" hiking stick in wood grade L5 at 15/16" diameter, use the first row: 56 x .35 = 19.6oz. Add .5 for the carbide tip, total = about 20 oz for that custom size!
What is the best hiking stick overall?
To determine the best hiking stick for your needs, first choose the length as shown above. Then use your personal preferences for the other options. For example, if you like a lighter, faster stick, and like a thinner profile, choose the standard hiking stick grade L5 (since this wood is less dense that higher grades) and a diameter of 15/16".
If on the other hand, you'd like a heavier staff with a more robust thickness, choose a higher grade of wood and 1" diameter.
If you'd like an authentic all hand carved staff, choose the hand cut grade (this is our personal favorite). The wood has a superb feeling of torsional grip. The staff is solid but not excessively heavy. There is no comparable product in terms of quality and uniqueness.
If you'd like the heaviest option, and like the idea of a more engineered approach with our resin infused grade, choose the enhanced version.
We offer lots of choices including 2 standard grades, hand cut grade, enhanced grade, 2 diameters and any custom length but if you have any questions, feel free to contact us for guidance.