Rigid Trekking Poles


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Recent Rigid Trekking Pole Reviews

Grivel 3.16 Poles

rated 0.5 of 5 stars These poles are not reliable: the lower locking mechanism can fail under intensive use and can be dangerous. The lower baskets are easily lost, which is very problematic on snow trips. They look nice, have comfy grips, and the design is innovative, but reliability is key for such a product therefore I would not recommend these for anyone. I have been using these poles for a while in light use. I chose them because Grivel has a good reputation with reliable serious mountain products. I was shocked… Full review

Black Diamond Syncline

rated 4 of 5 stars Perfectly fine — cheap, light, strong, simple. I own / used both of Black Diamond's (orange) Syncline and (red) Trail Back for ultra-lightweight backpacking, with my son and I each carrying one pole and using both for shelter.   Actual weight w/o baskets of Syncline is 270 grams (9.5 oz) and Trail Back 290 grams (10.25 oz). Both handle miles and hands well, but both of ours are pretty soft (we're in Ohio after all).   Given the price is often almost the same on these few-years-old-model poles,… Full review

Black Diamond Syncline

rated 5 of 5 stars These are lightweight, strong trekking poles that won't collapse regardless of how much weight is put on them. The straps and handgrips are very comfortable for snowshoeing. I bought my Black Diamond Syncline trekking poles for snowshoeing, and they're excellent for that purpose. The straps are comfortable and don't chafe when I use them without gloves, and the grips have enough of a lip on them for pulling up my heel lifts. The included snow baskets keep the poles from sinking too far in snow,… Full review

Black Diamond Ultra Distance

rated 4 of 5 stars Very, very, very light — and compact poles. Require bit more care. The last three years I have used and abused three section Leki poles once or twice a week in the local mountains. As I do more scrambling and running now I decided to check out the Black Diamond Ultra Distance Z-Poles, and.. kind of fell in love.  Features: The Ultra Distance poles are made of carbon shafts, and all the rest is paired down to a minimum to create the lightest pole possible. Light straps and small basket at the… Full review

Leki Makalu Ultralite

rated 4 of 5 stars Superbly built poles allow confident use in a variety of conditions--creek crossings, uphills, downhills, as shelter supports, etc. Leki Speedlocks work great, allowing for swift adjustment with no worries about the locks giving way. There are lighter poles out there, but these are solid, reliable, and a pleasure to use. This may be an old school review. You see, years ago Leki made the Makalu. I've had these poles for quite some time. A lot of miles in sun and rain and snow. My Leki Makalu Ultralite… Full review

Black Diamond Distance

rated 4 of 5 stars Got these at last year's summer REI Garage sale and they were never used. They have changed my hikes completely! Love these poles. They have extended my downhills and are completely worth the negligible wieght! Full review

Black Diamond Syncline

rated 4 of 5 stars Surprisingly, these hold up well when used for climbing various routes up 14'ers. Mine have never failed and the quick flick-lock adjustment is fantastic when speed is of the essence on rough routes or bad weather..etc. I'll keep using them and buying new ones as long as they are available! The upper grips work well with and without gloves...the lower sponge grips could use more outward tapering at the bases to allow your hands to "set" in place for longer climbs. Over-all, they are worth the purchase… Full review

Black Diamond Women's Distance FL

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Your knees will thank you for this welcome addition to your hiking adventures! I had knee surgery almost two years ago, and since that time have been under strict instruction by my orthopedic surgeon to only return to hiking under one condition: always use trekking poles. Although I began the experience as a necessary concession, I have come to truly appreciate my poles. The Black Diamond Women's Distance FL poles have been wonderful hiking companions. The Z-Pole design allows them to fold up into… Full review

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4

rated 2 of 5 stars Insanely light, exceptionally comfortable, crazy expensive trekking poles that needs lots of TLC, and that I found too fragile for klutzes in mountainous terrain. When I began looking at reducing the overall weight I’d be humping while hiking the Appalachian Trail, I started hearing about new, lighter hiking poles.  My old Black Diamond poles weighed 18 ozs, and they seemed a good candidate for lightening. Besides using them to help propel me up mountains, slow me down when going down them, and… Full review

Top-Rated Rigid Trekking Poles

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Kelty Range 1.0
Tubbs 2-Part Adjustable Snowshoe Poles
$35 - $39
Mountainsmith Rambler
$35 - $39
L.L.Bean Winter Walker Pole
Black Diamond First Strike
$36 - $54
REI Traverse Junior
$40 MSRP
Atlas Elektra Lock Jaw 2
Atlas Lock Jaw 2
Tubbs 3-Part Adjustable Snowshoe Poles
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Solo
$50 - $89
Easton Trail AL3
Komperdell Highlander Cork Trekking Poles
$52 - $71
REI Traverse
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Komperdell Wild Rambler
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
PaceMaker Expedition
$60 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Traverse PowerLock
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Trail
$64 - $99
Leki Voyager
$68 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Black Diamond Distance
$69 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Trail Back
$70 - $79
MSR Denali II
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Syncline
Komperdell Explorer Contour Power Lock
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Trail
$72 - $99
Atlas Lock Jaw 3
Atlas Elektra Lock Jaw 3
Leki Jannu Aergon SpeedLock
$75 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Black Diamond Distance FL
$78 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork
$79 - $119
MSR Denali III
Leki Eagle
Black Diamond Distance Cork
$84 - $119
MSR Surelock TR-2
Komperdell Titanal Powerlock 3 Contour
L.L.Bean Ridgehiker Hiking Poles
Black Diamond Trail Compact
$90 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Stick
$90 - $139
Exped Alpine
$94 - $99
Black Diamond Alpine Ergo Cork
$95 - $149
Leki Cristallo SpeedLock
$95 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Leki Khumbu Aergon SpeedLock
L.L.Bean Hikelite Four-Season Hiking Poles
Helinox Passport Tension Lock
Komperdell Powerlock Titanal
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Ultra Mountain Carbon
$100 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Ultra Distance
$105 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Contour Elliptic
$106 - $129
Easton Compact Carbon 5
$112 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork
$115 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Corklite Aergon Speedlock
$119 - $139
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