Rigid Trekking Poles

Recent Rigid Trekking Pole Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork

These things have saved my life. I don't think that I would enjoy this hobby near as much without them. One of the most important things I have in my gear! I used to think poles were just ridiculous. Why use them to walk around with? I was totally wrong. I had a terrible motorcycle accident in 2015 and my right leg now suffers from it. I would not be able to hike without these poles. They fit very comfortably into my hands. I do have average to small size hands for a guy. The poles adjust very well… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Pacerpole 3-Section Alloy

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Masters Kompressor 145

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork

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

rated 4 of 5 stars
Fizan Compact 3

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

rated 3 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Distance Plus FLZ

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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Distance Plus FLZ

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Komperdell Kids' Peak Hunter

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

rated 4 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork

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

user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Distance Plus FLZ added Apr 11, 2018
$150 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gossamer Gear LT5 Three Piece Carbon Trekking Poles added Mar 15, 2018
$195 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles added Feb 20, 2018
$80 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Fizan Compact 3 added Sep 25, 2017
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
REI Flash Carbon Trekking Poles added Jul 7, 2017
$139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Foxelli Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles added Jul 6, 2017
$130 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
STABIL Stride added Oct 27, 2016
$48 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Leki Instructor Lite SL2 added Aug 7, 2016
$150 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Helinox Passport added May 25, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Cascade Mountain Tech Quick Lock Carbon Fiber Cork Grip Trekking Poles added Apr 25, 2016
$50 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon Max added Feb 21, 2016
$200
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Black Diamond Distance FL added Dec 14, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Carbon Composite Power Lock Trekking Poles added Jul 6, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Pacerpole 3-Section Alloy added Feb 25, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine FLZ added Feb 4, 2015
$120 - $159
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Tour Stick Trigger S added Jan 29, 2015
$200 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z added Oct 26, 2014
$127 - $169
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Grivel 3.16 Poles added Oct 24, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Leki Makalu Ultralite added Jun 17, 2014
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Carbon Ascent Trekking Poles added Apr 3, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Tour Stick Vario added Jan 3, 2014
$200 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
American Trekking Pole Green Hiker Cork Grip Poles added Dec 29, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Fizan Compact Ultralite added Aug 25, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eddie Bauer Hiking Pole added Jul 7, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
PaceMaker Expedition added Apr 18, 2013
$60 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon added Apr 9, 2013
$149 - $199
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Carbon Ultralite Compact added Feb 20, 2013
$240 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine Ergo Cork added Jan 14, 2013
$160
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Leki Cristallo added Jan 11, 2013
$75 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Ultra Mountain Carbon added Dec 11, 2012
$170 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Makalu Tour added Dec 7, 2012
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Surelock UL-3 added Aug 15, 2012
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Helinox Causeway Groove Lock added Nov 17, 2011
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Stick added May 31, 2011
$149 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Traverse PowerLock added Feb 6, 2011
$90 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Distance Z added Aug 27, 2010
$75 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Ultra Distance added Aug 27, 2010
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Wild Rambler added May 25, 2010
$38
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Komperdell Peak Hunter added May 25, 2010
$29 - $60
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 added May 20, 2010
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Komperdell Mountain Explorer Cork added Mar 9, 2010
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Easton ATR-70 added Feb 26, 2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Corklite Aergon Speedlock added Feb 22, 2010
$85
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Leki Khumbu Aergon SpeedLock added Feb 19, 2010
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user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Easton ATR-60 added Dec 16, 2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Leki Corklite added Oct 3, 2009
$105
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Trail added Oct 3, 2009
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Komperdell Southern Cross Hiking Poles added Oct 1, 2009
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user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Leki Thermolite Aergon added Aug 28, 2009
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user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
REI Peak UL
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