Rigid Trekking Poles


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Recent Rigid Trekking Pole Reviews

Cascade Mountain Tech Quick Lock Carbon Fiber Cork Grip Trekking Poles

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Cascade trekking poles are a very good design and construction. They appear to be very durable long-term. They are certainly a bargain for the price, delivering good performance, as good or better than many better-known, higher priced poles. Background: The conventional wisdom is that poles provide better balance, promote rhythm when hiking, and “4 points on the ground”, especially on steep, rough trails, when carrying heavy loads. I have been using poles since I was very young, first as… Full review

Black Diamond Ultra Mountain Carbon

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent poles. Lightweight and strong. An excellent pair of trekking poles. Very lightweight. Easy to deploy. Without question the Ultra Mountain Carbon Z Poles' greatest attribute is not having one section of a pole collapse into another section when a lot of weight is applied on a downhill. The only problem is if they need to be broken down to scale an uphill section of trail by hand; the tips of the poles will probably not stay locked in the cutout of the basket. I broke them down and hung… Full review

Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z

rated 5 of 5 stars Indispensable, durable, lightweight trail tool for hiking, trail running, and backpacking. Possibly my favorite piece of gear. Hard pressed to find a situation where I do not bring along these poles since they are so light and portable.  Fit is determined by height of user. Come in a couple of different sizes, I use the 120mm model which is the size recommended for my height. Grips and straps are very comfortable, I tend to use with gloves and have noticed absolutely no chaffing or pain. Only problem… Full review

Black Diamond Trail Back

rated 5 of 5 stars Easy to adjust height and lock in place. I have used these poles over the past six years on both hikes and on backpacking trips. They have gotten me through dirt trails and slickrock in Utah, lava in Hawaii, snow fields in Wyoming, and granite in N.H. The antishock is subtle but does the job. I am 5'5" and my husband is 6'2" and the poles can adjust enough to comfortably work for both of us.     I was attracted to these poles because of their locking design. I had a real cheap pair of poles before… Full review

Leki Micro Vario Carbon Max

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Micro Vario Carbon Max is a trekking and backcountry ski pole made for vertically advantaged (over 6' or 180 cm) people. Light (but not ultralight), stiff, and strong. Great for hiking and backpacking and a good choice for ski mountaineering, with a good length range and versatile grip options for movement on easy ground and up, down, and across steeper and rougher slopes. Trailspace sent these poles to me because they are specifically made for vertically advantaged (tall) people; at over 190… Full review

Tubbs 3-Part Snowshoe Poles

rated 5 of 5 stars I find the use of poles essential to my snowshoeing outings, providing added stability and security on uneven or tricky terrain. These poles are durable, solid, strong,and easily adjustable. I may need to vary the length, depending upon the conditions I encounter, and these hold their adjusted length very well. Both my husband and I received these poles as part of the Tubbs Ambassador program, but that is not the reason I certainly would recommend them to others. They are a good, solid, reasonably… Full review

Tubbs 2-Part Snowshoe Poles

rated 4 of 5 stars The Tubbs 2-Part Adjustable Snowshoe Poles are lightweight, sturdy accessories for snowshoeing, helping with balance and increasing the aerobic workout. They're valuable for probing uncertain terrain as well. I received the Tubbs 2-Part Adjustable Snowshoe Poles as a free gift with my purchase of Louis Garneau Blizzard II snowshoes from Campsaver. I have to admit that I wasn't expecting much after a few experiences with poles from other snowshoe manufacturers, but I was pleasantly surprised by these. … Full review

Leki Corklite

rated 4 of 5 stars The Leki Corklite trekking poles are light, strong, and especially well suited for wet weather trekking as the grips don't absorb water and the wrist straps dry quickly. The cork grips are actually a composite (80% ground cork) so don't expect a traditional cork feel. I have medium sized hands and thought these grips were a bit on the small side so be sure to put your hands on these before you buy them. Specs:  Weight: 17.6 oz per pair Length: 67-135 cm Video Summary Review (best in full screen),… Full review

Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Really, really like 'em! Never used trekking poles before I planned my first backpacking trip with some friends. These guys are "pros" and my go-to resource for questions and learning about backpacking/outdoors, etc. Been on countless camping trips with my sons through Cub and Boy Scouts, but hadn't ventured into the backpacking realm until recently.   Did a training run with full pack, gear, etc.  but with no trekking poles. One of my buddies lent me his trekking poles and immediately I was hooked. Full review

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Kelty Range 1.0
Atlas Elektra LockJaw 2 Adjustable Poles
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
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$50 MSRP
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user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Trail Back
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
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Gossamer Gear LT3C Trekking Pole
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
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Black Diamond Trail
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Atlas Lock Jaw 3
$75 MSRP
Atlas Elektra Lock Jaw 3
$75 MSRP
Helinox Passport
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Komperdell Explorer Contour Power Lock
Leki Eagle
$80 MSRP
Black Diamond Distance Cork
$80 - $95
Leki Cristallo
$80 - $119
REI Traverse Power Lock Cork
REI National Park Service Traverse PL Cork Trekking Poles - Pair
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Traverse PowerLock
$90 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork
$90 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Black Diamond Distance FL
Black Diamond Trail Compact
$90 MSRP
Leki Voyager
$90 MSRP
Black Diamond Distance FLZ
$97 - $132
Leki Photo Aluminum Speedlock Pole
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Stick
$98 - $99
Komperdell Ridgehiker Cork Power Lock
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Trail
$100 MSRP
Helinox Passport Tension Lock
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Corklite Aergon Speedlock
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine FLZ
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Komperdell C3 Carbon
$107 - $149
Masters Eiger HP
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Black Diamond Ultra Distance
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