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REI Peak UL Carbon Compact

The Peak UL Carbon Compact has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best rigid trekking poles for 2021.

photo: REI Peak UL Carbon Compact rigid trekking pole


Price Historic Range: $54.83


1 review
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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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