Rigid Trekking Poles


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$25 - $49.99
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Recent Rigid Trekking Pole Reviews

Komperdell Contour Titanal Power Lock

rated 3.5 of 5 stars These poles balance nicely between weight and strength, being sturdy without being too sturdy. Three-piece poles with flick locks lets them shrink for carry and make for fast adjustment on trail. Very functional in rugged terrain and as shelter support. Komperdell has been making a product with this name for quite a few years and made changes and improvements along the way. These poles didn't impress me when I first held them in my hands, but have survived for almost nine months of use. They are… Full review

Black Diamond Distance Z

rated 4 of 5 stars Collapsible, sturdy trekking poles. Have owned for about four years. Have always opted to backpack with poles, mainly because I like the support.  Also double as setup for my tent if I don't have the option to sink pins. I like the way they fold up for pack-ability. Seem fairly lightweight, though I haven't used any others for comparison. Hand grips are comfortable, no issues after a long day. The length is slightly adjustable depending on your height. The locking features are also strong, yet… Full review

Komperdell Wild Rambler

rated 4 of 5 stars In a world where trekking poles are either crap and inexpensive or quality and ridiculously overpriced, Komperdell delivers a solid, reliable trekking pole that does the job well. While the Wild Ramblers are not my favorite poles, there is a LOT to be said in favor of them, especially for a hiker on a budget. I purchased my Wild Rambler poles more than two years ago specifically for my climb of Mt. Rainier (September 2015). The Black Diamond set I was using at the time did not have an option for… Full review

Fizan Compact 3

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Fizan Compact 3 trekking poles are extremely light, comparable to and even lighter than many carbon fiber poles, but these poles are high-strength lightweight aluminum. So you don't risk breaking them like carbon can, and they are very affordable. They are very strong and sturdy. This is a review of the Fizan Compact 3 trekking poles. I am not connected to Fizan in any way. These are some of the lightest trekking poles on the market, tipping my scale at 6.0 oz per pole including wrist straps. Full review

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4

rated 5 of 5 stars Light, strong, and useful. My first pair of trekking poles lost the ability to lock—they were twist locking poles from a major manufacturer. Calling or emailing the company for help went nowhere. I couldn't find a number or email address anywhere. My second pair were the Lightrek 4s, not a casual purchase. They are expensive and don't go on sale. But, I've had them for a long time, and I'm still using them. Why use trekking poles? For one, they take 6 lbs of weight off your joints per step when… Full review

Cascade Mountain Tech Quick Lock Carbon Fiber Cork Grip Trekking Poles

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent build quality and easily worth the price. I would probably say that if I had paid $75 instead of $45. They directly compare to $120+ carbon poles from Leki, Black Diamond, Komperdell, etc. If you are looking for sensibly lightweight carbon trekking poles with good cork handles that adjust easily and don't slip the CMT Quick Lock Carbon Cork poles are hard to beat. After reading many reviews all over the interwebs raving about the quality for the price of these poles I followed their lead… Full review

Helinox Passport

rated 5 of 5 stars Very light, pack very small, reliable, and easy to use. We own two pairs of these poles and I have just ordered another pair of the Passport TLs as I initially purchased the shorter 115cm poles and have since realized I prefer longer 125 cm poles. These poles are fixed in length so make your purchase carefully. They come in three sections connected by elastic shockcord and take seconds to extend and connect up. When folded and packed away they are smaller than a rolled newspaper. Once extended and… Full review

Komperdell Carbon Ultralite Compact

rated 2 of 5 stars Poor design work. Unsafe. When I spend almost $200 on a trekking pole, I would expect design flaws to be insignificant and non-existent. However, these poles provided me with nothing but aggravation. Every 10-15 minutes, I would have to stop and re-thread them together. While trekking over the course of three days, this became a massive hassle and inconvenience. The physical motion of planting the pole on rocks over the course of time, allowed them to unscrew, and become loose, and if not attended… Full review

REI Flash Carbon Trekking Poles

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Poles absolutely make hiking easier. These are my first poles and I really find them useful on the trail. They adjust easily to your height needs by telescoping in and out, which can be important going up and down steep slopes as you might want to change the length. The poles take a lot of pressure as I not only use them to help propel myself forward, but on more than one occasion they prevented a fall on slippery rocks. On one particularly rocky downhill climb one of the baskets came off in the… Full review

Top-Rated Rigid Trekking Poles

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork
$120 - $124
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork
$160 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Trail
$70 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Distance Z
$60 - $309
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Syncline
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Leki Corklite
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Ultra Mountain Carbon
$102 - $109
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Wild Rambler
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z
$110 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Trail
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine Ergo Cork
$150 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Trail Back
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Black Diamond Distance FL
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon Max
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Cristallo
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Tour Stick Vario
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine FLZ
$100 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Tubbs 2-Part Snowshoe Poles
$30 - $44
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Carbon Ultralite Compact
Tubbs 3-Part Snowshoe Poles
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
REI Flash Carbon Trekking Poles
Atlas Elektra Lock Jaw 2
REI Passage Trekking Poles
Atlas Elektra LockJaw 2 Adjustable Poles
Komperdell C3 Carbon
$140 - $149
Big Agnes Passport Twist Lock
L.L.Bean 4-Season PowerLock 3.0 XL Hiking Poles
Komperdell Carbon Ultralite Vario 4 Compact
$165 - $239
Atlas Lock Jaw 3
L.L.Bean Winter Walker Pole
$35 - $44
Black Diamond Trail Sport 2
REI Traverse Power Lock Cork
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Z
$130 - $189
Atlas LockJaw 2 Adjustable Poles
Komperdell Explorer Contour Power Lock
$105 - $109
L.L.Bean Hikelite Hiking Pole
Leki Carbonlite
Kelty Range 1.0
$21 - $29
L.L.Bean Four-Season PowerLock 3 XL Carbon
Atlas LockJaw 3 Adjustable Poles
Easton Compact Carbon 5
Leki Jannu
Leki Micro Vario Ti Lady
Leki Carbon Ti
$130 - $179
Black Diamond Distance FLZ
$86 - $179
Leki Cressida Aergon SpeedLock
Komperdell Ridgehiker Cork Power Lock
Black Diamond Trail Sport 3
Helinox Passport TL
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