REI Peak UL Carbon Compact
These are the best trekking poles I've ever owned with a few caveats. First off, they're made by Komperdell so please review ratings on those sticks too. Second, they come with the usual REI, no questions asked guarantee so if one happens to break they replace them with no questions asked. Mine have been to the summits of Ranier, Glacier Peak, Mount Adams, Mount Baker, and a myriad of lesser peaks in Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Oregon. They are so light as to almost not be in hand and that is the big plus. I did break one and REI replaced the set on the spot.
About the only place I wouldn't recommend their use is in talus or boulder fields unless you're very careful about pole placement as they will break when jammed in between rocks and then torqued. But they are awesome everywhere else and even in talus if you're careful.
One minor irritant - last week I was snowshoeing and the tip end came out of the pole. Turns out the adjustment tightener had come out of the end. To retrieve it I finally put some gorilla glue into the open end of the tip piece, stuck it back in the pole, waited for the glue to dry, and then pulled the whole thing out with the adjustment piece firmly glued to the end. Simple fix really.
These poles adjust down to about two feet and are easy to put in your pack when the ice axe comes out. Don't leave home without them.
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These are the lightest, strongest trekking poles out there! Made for those up to 5'10'' who pursue minimalist backpacking and adventure racing. Small-diameter carbon fiber creates ultralight poles that damp vibration and retain strength over a wide temperature range. Extra-strong DuoLocks™ provide a big boost in performance. DuoLocks—internal locking mechanisms—apply a wide area of pressure against pole walls to lock in length adjustment. DuoLocks showed 50% more holding power than other locking mechanisms during REI lab tests. DuoLock's reliability enhances stability, eases length adjustments and offers a compelling reason to upgrade to Peak UL poles. Three-section telescoping poles extend to a maximum length of 49 inches and compact to 24 inches for easy storage and transport. Ultralight EVA foam grips with an ergonomic, contoured shape and adjustable padded neoprene wrist straps provide miles of comfort. Fitted with vario trekking disks and extra-durable tungsten carbide tips; rubber tip protectors included. These compact poles accommodate persons with small hands and short stature.