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 June 28, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Rigid Trekking Pole Reviews

Pacerpole 3-Section Alloy

rated 5 of 5 stars The handles make all the difference—walking with these is unlike any other poles. Great for all seasons. Also awesome for people with leg injuries for daily use if you don't quite need crutches or a walker but something for stability (of course, ask your doctor if this is right for you etc). I have tried other poles before and been skeptical. Many are uncomfortable, weird to get used to placing, and while they provided balance on lose material they didn't seem that helpful the rest of the time. Full review

Masters Kompressor 145

rated 5 of 5 stars I have had this since about 1990 and I am now 73 and use them weekly—I love these poles I bought some new ones and gave them to my husband who has not used any poles yet. They are fine, but not as heavy as the original ones. They have been at my side for all walks/treks for almost 30 years. I depend on them. I want to find a new basket and tip for one pole... Full review

Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork

rated 5 of 5 stars Comfortable, durable, and not too heavy. I bought these trekking poles because my knees are getting bad the older I get, and I wish I would have gotten a set sooner. These particular poles have been very useful and I enjoy having them on the trail. I have put over 100 miles on them in the few months I have had them and they are holding up well. I have even taken a pretty good fall during a 17-mile trail run and fell right on one of the poles as I hit the ground in the rocks.  I figured I would… Full review

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

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork
$80 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork
$151 - $179
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Distance Z
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Trail
$60 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Leki Corklite
$70 - $124
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Wild Rambler
$38 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Leki Cristallo
$75 - $139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon
$149 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z
$160 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Komperdell Peak Hunter
$29 - $60
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine Ergo Cork
$142 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Trail Back
$71 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon Max
$178 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Corklite Aergon Speedlock
$85
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine FLZ
$160
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Tubbs 2-Part Snowshoe Poles
$27 - $37
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Carbon Ultralite Compact
$202
Tubbs 3-Part Snowshoe Poles
$36 - $41
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
REI Flash Carbon Trekking Poles
$139
Helinox Featherlite
$140
Atlas Elektra Lock Jaw 2
$29 - $44
Leki Journey Lite
$80
REI Passage Trekking Poles
$70
Komperdell C3 Carbon
$160
Kelty Cirque
$67 - $99
Kelty Scree
$47 - $69
Komperdell Carbon Ultralite Vario 4 Compact
$105 - $186
Mountainsmith Globetrotter
$20 - $37
Black Diamond Trail Sport 2
$60
Kelty Cairn
$47 - $69
Kelty Origam
$60 - $89
REI Traverse Power Lock Cork
$100
Mountainsmith Halite 7075
$40 - $79
Black Diamond Distance Carbon AR
$190
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Z
$190
Komperdell Highlander Cork
$70
Atlas Lockjaw 2 Snowshoe Poles
$45
Leki Legacy Lite COR-TEC
$100
Leki Micro Vario COR-TEC TA
$140
Mountainsmith Dolomite 7075 OLS
$22 - $29
Komperdell Explorer Contour Power Lock
$98 - $120
Kelty Upslope 2.0
$25 - $39
Leki Carbonlite
$75
Leki Makalu Lite COR-TEC
$120
Leki Micro Trail Pro
$110 - $199
Komperdell Contour Titanal II
$50
Leki Jannu
$70 - $106
Leki Carbon Ti
$115 - $120
Black Diamond Distance FLZ
$130 - $140
CAMP Sonic Alu
$65
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