Amongst hikers and backpackers, there are two different camps—those who use trekking poles and those who don’t. I’m squarely in the “use ’em” category on anything longer than a few miles, but I know plenty of people who avoid them altogether. This video, which comes our way courtesy of REI, explores whether or not you should be using poles on your outdoor adventures. It touches on the advantages and disadvantages of using them, plus provides some tips on how to get accustomed to having two long sticks in your hand while walking. It isn’t difficult to use trekking poles, but there is a period of adjustment to say the least.