Rigid Trekking Poles

Recent Rigid Trekking Pole Reviews

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

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

user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Carbon Ultralite Compact
$240 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon Max
$200
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Tour Stick Trigger S
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Tour Stick Vario
$200 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon
$180 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gossamer Gear LT5 Three Piece Carbon Trekking Poles
$195 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork
$153 - $179
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Ultra Mountain Carbon
$170 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z
$160 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine Ergo Cork
$160
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine FLZ
$160
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Ultra Distance
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Distance Plus FLZ
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Leki Instructor Lite SL2
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Stick
$149 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Leki Corklite
$140 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
MSR OverLand Carbon
$140 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Corklite Aergon Speedlock
$140 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Leki Cristallo
$70 - $139
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
REI Flash Carbon Trekking Poles
$139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gossamer Gear Lightrek 3
$130 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Foxelli Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles
$130 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork
$120 - $129
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Contour Elliptic
$120 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Trail
$75 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Distance Z
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Trail
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Traverse PowerLock
$90 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles
$80 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Trail Back
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Syncline
$70 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
PaceMaker Expedition
$60 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Cascade Mountain Tech Quick Lock Carbon Fiber Cork Grip Trekking Poles
$50 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
STABIL Stride
$48 MSRP
Tubbs 3-Part Snowshoe Poles
$43
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Tubbs 2-Part Snowshoe Poles
$27 - $37
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Komperdell Peak Hunter
$35
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Wild Rambler
$26
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Pacerpole 3-Section Alloy
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
LekiSport Orion
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Carbon Ascent Trekking Poles
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Masters Kompressor 145
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)
Masters Kompressor Top
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Helinox Causeway Groove Lock
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Makalu Tour
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: 5 of 5 (1)
Tracks Trek'R 3