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Rigid Trekking Poles

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The best rigid trekking poles, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on September 19, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork
$170 - $179
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Distance Z
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Trail
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon
$200 - $249
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z
$150 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Cor-Tec TA
$140
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Trail Back
$80
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Fiber Quick Lock Trekking Poles Cork Grip
$44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki MCT 12 Vario Carbon
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon Max
$200
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Distance Plus FLZ
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine FLZ
$160
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
REI Summit
$75
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
REI Flash Carbon Trekking Poles
$69 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Vario XS Rigid Trekking Pole / Pole
$60 - $64
Hilleberg Trekking Pole
$160
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Leki Makalu Tour
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Pacerpole 3-Section Alloy
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Leki Corklite
$140 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Komperdell Wild Rambler
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Ultra Mountain Carbon
$170 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Masters Kompressor 145
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Leki Cristallo
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
PaceMaker Expedition
$60 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Foxelli Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles
$130 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
American Trekking Pole Green Hiker Cork Grip Poles
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Helinox Passport
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gossamer Gear LT5 Three Piece Carbon Trekking Poles
$195 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Helinox Causeway Groove Lock
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gossamer Gear Lightrek 3
$130 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine Ergo Cork
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Carbon Composite Power Lock Trekking Poles
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Surelock UL-3
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Ultra Distance
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Black Diamond Distance FL
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Corklite Aergon Speedlock
$140 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Fizan Compact 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Tour Stick Vario
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eddie Bauer Hiking Pole
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Stick
$149 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Tubbs 2-Part Snowshoe Poles
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Fizan Compact Ultralite
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Easton ATR-70
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles
$80 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Carbon Ultralite Compact
$240 MSRP
Tubbs 3-Part Snowshoe Poles

Recent Rigid Trekking Pole Reviews

rated 2 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Ultra Distance

Where is the "stop/lock" button?!? My set doesn't have this. I've gone to REI (purchase place) twice about this; agents clueless. Web query doesn't help at all. Purchased ~3 yrs ago and used greatly—but in squishy surface, the trek pole unhinges and you have a floppy thing in your hands, not a trek pole. There is no stop/lock button or any other feature to secure the pole when opened. Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
Pacerpole 3-Section Alloy

Broke within 9 months—doesn't store well. I ordered these for my boyfriend last Christmas and he loved them up until they broke this past month. The pieces got stuck together and we can no longer extend the poles. We contacted the owner and tried to troubleshoot but nothing worked. We asked for a warranty but there isn't any. The owner asked us to buy new pieces instead. I wanted to support small businesses, but for the price, it feels like we wasted a great deal instead of just going to REI and… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Leki Makalu Tour

No frills, high quality, tough, reliable trekking poles, which have helped preserve my aging knees over the last twenty years of outdoor buffoonery. As one of life's reluctant innovators...bordering on the Luddite...I had been moaning for a while about my creaky leg hinges, when a younger buddy asked why I hadn't bought some poles? Twenty years ago, if you saw a hiker with poles in Scotland you assumed she was a skier or, at least, a Swiss holidaymaker. Of course, before I could engage such a person… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Komperdell Wild Rambler

I have used this pole to keep me walking with my group. I am an older walker so need it to get me up the inclines. I only use it for bush walks and am very pleased to have it. Using this hiking staff has made it possible for me to continue walking with my walking group. The body is willing, but the legs are beginning to complain. Thanks to this product I am still out there doing it. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Leki Vario XS

Leki's Vario XS four-season poles are designed for kids, but are fully functional on trail or in the snow. Adults or children who use poles in the 80-110 cm (31-43") range will find these two-piece poles are easy to adjust both for length and strap position. Leki's HTS 5.5 aluminum balances strength and weight, making the Vario XS a four-season pole that can adjust for growing children.   Leki Vario XS  The Vario XS replaced the Leki Vario Jr. SpeedLock and, while aimed at younger hikers and skiers,… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Leki MCT 12 Vario Carbon

An ultralight, adjustable length, hybrid folding-telescopic, all-carbon pole for trail running or power hiking on good trails. Quick and reliable locking mechanisms for deployment and length adjustment. Full-wrap straps with well-designed quick-release for shifting gears on the move or freeing up hands for photo stops etc. Small diameter baskets and light construction limit best use to firm surfaces—no snow or deep mud, please. First look  The first word that comes to mind in describing the Leki… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Leki Micro Vario Cor-Tec TA

Leki's Micro Vario Cor-Tec TA are a sturdy, packable set of poles which will keep you on your feet, and save your knees. Super easy and fast to assemble and adjust, and rock solid performance for your dollar. I have been a fan of hiking poles for a long time. Because I have horrible arch stability, and a fairly uneven sense of balance, having those extra supports makes a real difference, and has saved my bacon more than once! I have had a pair of Black Diamond Carbon Cork poles which have literally… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Fiber Quick Lock Trekking Poles Cork Grip

Surprisingly tangible benefits right out of the gate. I bought these from Costco (got a few hours to kill? Google “Trekking Poles”...got a few days to kill? Search up “Costco Trekking Poles”) after reading more than a few stories about the many benefits of using trekking poles while hiking. I used to think that I could just pick up some old ski poles from Goodwill if I ever needed them. Anyway, there are TONS of options available from all the major online outdoor retailers, as well as the… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork

Mandatory gear on the Tundra. An absolute must-have on the Tundra, sturdy poles and 70-lb or greater pack to keep your balance.    Full review