I was recently handed down two poles that I'm fabulous sure are for trekking. The brand is Komperdell. They are each one-piece (not retractable) and are 130 cm long. The tip is metal and fairly pointed – tapers down do about a half centimeter. Also, the baskets are very soft that consist of only 3 skinny (1. 5 cm) flaps. Is this a trekking pole. After speaking to others on the web, I found the answer. Glad you didn't spend the money yourself. The difference between the two is as much as $100 I agree with Mountain man in that a stick is just as functional as the $100 dollar walking pole you buy for ridiculously higher prices then a standard ski pole you can get in a yard sale for fifty cents. Hiking sticks/poles do assist in helping you stabilize your walking, definitely if you have a heavy load and on steep terrain. Most of your high end hiking poles are also adjustable like a wood stick is. The little pads on ski poles and hiking poles are meant to keep your pole from sinking into snow or soft soils neither of which should you be hiking through like meadows and off trail. The carbide tips wear out like anything else and are expensive to replace and can puncture a foot if your not careful. Some models even have warning labels for that. As for the alternate option wood stick, you can keep the wood stick you get for free and save hundreds of dollars, add a nail at the tip for grabbing power and a piece of leather to your wood stick for a hand strap and save hundreds of dollars, carve your own moniker onto your stick and save hundreds of dollars, add a feather for decoration and wind weather sensor and still save hundreds of dollars. You can also attach trail medallions to a wood stick and be a show off with all the places you've been and still save 100s of dollars. So the short answer is don't waste the money, and it's good you didn't, go grab a stick.
Frozen Ice Shelf, N. Of Alaska, S. Of North Pole, About 6 Mi Up, -75F Degrees – HD.