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: 5 of 5 (4)
Pacerpole 3-Section Alloy reviewed Jun 28, 2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Masters Kompressor 145 reviewed Jun 8, 2019
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Fizan Compact 3 reviewed Dec 4, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Distance Plus FLZ reviewed Oct 11, 2018
$150 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Komperdell Peak Hunter reviewed Sep 9, 2018
$29 - $60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Distance Z reviewed Jun 21, 2018
$75 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Leki Cristallo reviewed Jun 21, 2018
$75 - $139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gossamer Gear LT5 Three Piece Carbon Trekking Poles reviewed Mar 15, 2018
$195 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles reviewed Feb 20, 2018
$80 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 reviewed Feb 11, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Komperdell Contour Titanal Power Lock reviewed Dec 4, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Wild Rambler reviewed Oct 4, 2017
$38
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Cascade Mountain Tech Quick Lock Carbon Fiber Cork Grip Trekking Poles reviewed Sep 14, 2017
$50 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Helinox Passport reviewed Sep 14, 2017
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Carbon Ultralite Compact reviewed Aug 1, 2017
$240 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
REI Flash Carbon Trekking Poles reviewed Jul 7, 2017
$139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Foxelli Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles reviewed Jul 6, 2017
$130 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork reviewed Jul 3, 2017
$127 - $179
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Helinox Causeway Groove Lock reviewed Jun 28, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine Ergo Cork reviewed Jun 21, 2017
$160
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Trail Back reviewed Jan 18, 2017
$60 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
STABIL Stride reviewed Oct 27, 2016
$48 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Trail reviewed Oct 21, 2016
$75 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Leki Instructor Lite SL2 reviewed Aug 7, 2016
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Leki Corklite reviewed Jun 6, 2016
$105
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Ultra Mountain Carbon reviewed Mar 16, 2016
$170 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z reviewed Mar 16, 2016
$127 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon Max reviewed Feb 21, 2016
$200
Tubbs 3-Part Snowshoe Poles reviewed Feb 17, 2016
$42
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Tubbs 2-Part Snowshoe Poles reviewed Feb 12, 2016
$27 - $37
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Tour Stick Vario reviewed Nov 10, 2015
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine FLZ reviewed Aug 26, 2015
$120 - $159
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Carbon Ascent Trekking Poles reviewed Jul 11, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Spire reviewed Feb 12, 2015
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Tour Stick Trigger S reviewed Jan 29, 2015
$200 MSRP
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Grivel 3.16 Poles reviewed Oct 24, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Syncline reviewed Oct 1, 2014
$70 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Ultra Distance reviewed Aug 24, 2014
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Leki Makalu Ultralite reviewed Jun 17, 2014
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Black Diamond Distance FL reviewed May 5, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Easton ATR-70 reviewed Mar 12, 2014
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Easton ATR-60 reviewed Jan 17, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon reviewed Jan 11, 2014
$115 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
American Trekking Pole Green Hiker Cork Grip Poles reviewed Dec 29, 2013
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
REI Summit reviewed Dec 12, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Fizan Compact Ultralite reviewed Aug 25, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eddie Bauer Hiking Pole reviewed Jul 7, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
PaceMaker Expedition reviewed Apr 18, 2013
$60 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Makalu Tour reviewed Dec 7, 2012
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Surelock UL-3 reviewed Oct 7, 2012