Rigid Trekking Poles

The best rigid trekking poles, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on December 4, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Need help getting started with trekking poles? Read: Trekking Poles: To Use or Not, Trekking Poles: Parts Explained, Trekking Poles: Selecting a Pair, and Trekking Poles: Fit, Maintenance, and Tips.

Recent Rigid Trekking Pole Reviews

Fizan Compact 3

rated 4 of 5 stars Extremely lightweight with a remarkable ability to withstand sheer forces. I didn't expect to like these as much as I do, especially for the money. I'm constantly amazed at how much downward and side pressure they can withstand. I generally treat my gear pretty gingerly, but there are times that I've thrown a lot at these poles and they show no signs of any detriment. For the money, these are hard to beat. Should they fail at some point, they are cheap enough to buy again. Full review

Black Diamond Distance Plus FLZ

rated 3 of 5 stars Great design; lousy black greasy powder. I bought these poles for a long walk across Spain where I needed to break down the poles every night when coming into the hostel. I have since used them on a second such trek, for a total of around 700 miles. I agree with everything about great design (fits easily in carry-on luggage), etc. The problem is that when you break them down, inevitably you pull just a little too hard, and the plastic plug pulls out of the tube. No problem, you just push it back… Full review

Black Diamond Distance Plus FLZ

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Black Diamond Distance Plus FLZ Trekking Poles are a well thought out design that is very easy to assemble and adjust, but it also is just as easy to break back down into a very compact package to stow away. As purchased, the Black Diamond Distance Plus FLZ Trekking Poles come with all the accessories needed for the poles to be used all four seasons and in environments that call for an aggressive carbide tip or protective rubber tip. The Black Diamond Distance Plus FLZ Trekking Poles are a good… Full review

Komperdell Kids' Peak Hunter

rated 5 of 5 stars All the features and build of adult size. Bought these for my 7-year-old grandson to have gear just like Grandpa's. Features: XS Compact grip System strap Aluminum 7075-T6, 2-sections, Ø 16/14 mm Powerlock 2.0 mechanism Vario Trekking basket Steel tip Weight: 214 grams Extended usable length 120cm/ 76cm collapsed Replaceable steel tips and removable baskets I torture tested them the same way I did with my Komperdell Highlander Cork trekking poles. I locked them out at full length (120cm) and… Full review

Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork

rated 4 of 5 stars There are many brands and styles of trekking poles available out there, and picking out the best ones can be confusing, but my choice was an easy one, as I received these Black Diamond Ergo Cork Trail hiking poles as a gift. I am more than pleased with their performance and would recommend them. The cork handles are easy to grip, comfortable, to hold and the cork helps wick away moisture. One of the best features are the 'click-lock' levers that securely lock the poles in place at the desired length,… Full review

Black Diamond Distance Z

rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight, foldable trekking poles great for casual hikes, but can go the distance. Highly recommended. I purchased these Black Diamond Distance Z trekking poles for a specific purpose. I often travel to backpack and I wanted some poles that were compact enough to fit inside my backpack or bag. That meant that they had to fold to less than 20 inches. These poles fit the bill. The fit of these poles is determined when you buy them. The poles are non-adjustable so you should buy poles that will… Full review

Leki Cristallo

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Solid adjustable trekking poles with excellent hand grips for challenging day hikes or demanding thru-hikes. Highly recommended. I highly recommend Leki trekking poles and the Cristallo model. The hand grip is super comfortable and tactile. I seldom grip the handle straight on. Rather I move my hands on top, under, and sometimes just use my index finger on the nose. The poles have clip adjustments, which are easy to use. The poles have the ability to tighten the clips with a screwdriver or coin,… Full review

Gossamer Gear LT5 Three Piece Carbon Trekking Poles

rated 5 of 5 stars Light and comfortable! This is an initial review with only one day, so if durability becomes problematic, I will update the review. I typically hate poles.  They have been an annoyance more than a help. Unfortunately, my knees disagree with that statement. I tried BD's Distance Carbon FLZ and disliked the grip, the fixed basket, and the tent pole folding mechanism. The BD Alpine Carbon Cork felt nice, but goes against my fear of heavy poles getting in the way of a nice hike.   The Gossamer LT5's… Full review

Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles

rated 3.5 of 5 stars These Montem poles have shown that they may function well as a good, dependable choice of trekking poles for the economy-minded adventurer. The features on the poles make them easy to use in a variety of conditions. They may not be the lightest poles available, but their affordable price and durability make them suitable for most recreational hikers and walkers. When I was offered the chance to review these trekking poles, I readily agreed, looking forward to giving a good tough test to these economy… Full review

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork
$80 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork
$127 - $179
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Distance Z
$75 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Trail
$70 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Leki Corklite
$84 - $125
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Wild Rambler
$27 - $38
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Leki Cristallo
$72 - $139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon
$120 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Helinox Passport
$60 - $149
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z
$128 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Komperdell Peak Hunter
$42 - $60
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine Ergo Cork
$100 - $143
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Trail Back
$56 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon Max
$120 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Corklite Aergon Speedlock
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Tour Stick Vario
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine FLZ
$120 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Tubbs 2-Part Snowshoe Poles
$40 - $42
Tubbs 3-Part Snowshoe Poles
$49 - $59
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
REI Flash Carbon Trekking Poles
Helinox Featherlite
$119 - $139
Atlas Elektra Lock Jaw 2
REI Passage Trekking Poles
$37 - $69
Komperdell C3 Carbon
Komperdell Carbon Ultralite Vario 4 Compact
$108 - $186
Mountainsmith Globetrotter
$25 - $37
Black Diamond Trail Sport 2
$45 - $59
REI Traverse Power Lock Cork
Mountainsmith Halite 7075
Black Diamond Distance Carbon AR
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Z
$95 - $189
Komperdell Highlander Cork
Atlas Lockjaw 2 Snowshoe Poles
$31 - $44
Mountainsmith Dolomite 7075 OLS
$25 - $64
Komperdell Explorer Contour Power Lock
$71 - $104
Leki Carbonlite
Kelty Range 1.0
L.L.Bean Four-Season PowerLock 3 XL Carbon
Komperdell Contour Titanal II
Leki Jannu
$72 - $107
Leki Carbon Ti
$115 - $125
Black Diamond Distance FLZ
$105 - $179
CAMP Sonic Alu
$60 - $74
Leki Cressida Aergon SpeedLock
$84 - $139
Komperdell Ridgehiker Cork Power Lock
Atlas 6000 Series 2-Part Poles
Black Diamond Trail Sport 3
$52 - $69
Atlas Elektra Lock Jaw 3
$72 - $84
MSR DynaLock Explore Backcountry Poles
Komperdell Carbon Expedition Tour 4
$95 - $156
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