In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and established the following test criteria:
- Volume at touchdown
To be able to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for the walking poles. Before the first test runs the materials of the poles are evaluated. This also includes grips, rubber buffers and hand loops. The adjustment mechanism of the products is also tested. By means of test persons of different sizes, it is evaluated whether the poles can be applied to different sizes.
In the practical test, the poles are used to walk on surfaces such as asphalt, cobblestone, meadows and sand. The poles are also tested in hilly and uneven terrain. The ergonomics of the grips are assessed and it is tested how well vibrations are absorbed. They also assess how helpful rubber buffers are.
In order to rule out errors and to ensure that the poles are able to withstand the stress of everyday use, each test is carried out in several runs.
The test criteria are given percentages depending on their importance. The final mark is finally calculated objectively from the test criteria using an algorithm.
Our product selection is based on the observation of the current market. In addition to popular brand products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).
The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Dealers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.
As soon as new relevant products come on the market, our test field will be expanded to include them. The new products undergo the same tests as already tested devices.