Rigid Trekking Poles


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Recent Rigid Trekking Pole Reviews

Komperdell Carbon Ascent Trekking Poles

rated 5 of 5 stars I've been really impressed with my new trekking poles. They fold down to fit into my rucksac out flight bag and are so light I barely notice I'm carrying them. The  locking mechanism is very quick and easy and would be manageable with gloves on, a bonus in cold weather. The straps and grips are comfortable to use and the tip gross well, leaving me feeling secure on rough ground. My only regret is the fact that, although I'm not a particularly short female at around 5' 4", the minimum length is… Full review

Pacerpole 3-Section Alloy

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent trekking poles that have helped reduce stress on knees and wrists, encouraged proper posture, better breathing and efficient movement. Pacerpoles have become a key component in my everyday hiking gear. I highly recommend these poles for hikers and backpackers. I have been using Pacerpoles almost daily since I purchased them 4 months ago, hiking with and without a backpack and on a variety of terrain. Most hikes are between 3-10 miles long over a combination of packed dirt, rocks and at… Full review

Black Diamond Spire

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Literally saved my life, but that's not why they're getting 4.5 stars. *Not the lightest can actually be a "Pro" as well as a "Con," as those extra few ounces translate directly into lateral strength...read on. In my opinion, it's a shame that Black Diamond is no longer producing the Spire. If you're looking for a pole to have in your hand so you look like the rest of the "well dressed sheep" on the trails, this one might not be for you...you're looking for the thinnest, lightest pole you can find. Full review

Leki Tour Stick Trigger S

rated 5 of 5 stars I must say, it would never occur to me to spend $200 for a pair of poles...but I will certainly accept them as a contest prize, and will put them to good use. These poles have been described as "the ultimate for 4-season use," but are also advertised as ski poles. I have used them for snowshoeing and micro-spike winter hiking, and they are certainly an upgrade over my basic snowshoe poles. These poles are way more pole than I would ever need, but I have come to really like them...and my husband… Full review

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

Top-Rated Rigid Trekking Poles

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
PaceMaker Expedition
$60 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
American Trekking Pole Green Hiker Cork Grip Poles
Atlas Elektra Lock Jaw 2
Atlas Elektra Lock Jaw 3
$75 MSRP
Atlas Lock Jaw 2
Atlas Lock Jaw 3
Big Agnes Ridgeline Twist Lock
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Z Trekking Poles
$142 - $189
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Alpine CF
Black Diamond Alpine Ergo Cork
$97 - $149
Black Diamond Alpine FLZ Trekking Poles
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Contour Compact
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Contour Elliptic
Black Diamond Contour Elliptic Carbon
$160 MSRP
Black Diamond Contour Elliptic Compact
$120 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Black Diamond Distance
$55 - $99
Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z
Black Diamond Distance Cork
$60 - $94
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Black Diamond Distance FL
$70 - $179
Black Diamond Distance FLZ
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Enduro CF
Black Diamond First Strike
$36 - $54
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Spire
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Switchback
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Syncline
$60 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Terra CF
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Trail
$70 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Trail Back
$70 - $79
Black Diamond Trail Compact
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork
$85 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Ultra Distance
$85 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Ultra Mountain Carbon
$85 - $129
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Easton ATR-60
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Easton ATR-70
Easton Compact Carbon 5
Easton Trail AL3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eddie Bauer Hiking Pole
Exped Alpine
Exped Alpine Lite
Exped Explorer
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Fizan Compact Ultralite
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gossamer Gear Lightrek 3
$130 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4
Gossamer Gear LT3C Trekking Pole
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Grivel 3.16 Poles
Grivel Condor Pole
Helinox Causeway Groove Lock
Helinox Featherlite
Helinox Passport Tension Lock
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