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Trekking Poles

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The best trekking poles, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on September 21, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Rigid
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Rigid
$180 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Distance Z Rigid
$59 - $139
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Trail Pro
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Trail Rigid
$100 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock Antishock
$160
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mountainsmith Trekker FX MonoPod Hiking Staff
$30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Hiker Shocklight Staff Hiking Staff
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Antishock
$75 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Rigid
$74 - $189
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Cor-Tec TA Rigid
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Komperdell Walker Powerlock Hiking Staff
$46 - $51
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR DynaLock Explore Backcountry Poles Rigid
$100 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Trail Back Rigid
$48 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Fiber Quick Lock Trekking Poles Cork Grip Rigid
$44
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Mountainsmith Pyrite 7075 Antishock
$55 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Leki Super Micro Hiking Staff
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mountainsmith Pinnacle Antishock
$20 - $29
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Komperdell Adventure Powerlock Foam Compact
$71 - $80
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine FLZ Rigid
$160 - $169
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ
$190 - $209
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
REI Flash Carbon Trekking Poles Rigid
$149
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (5)
Mountainsmith Rhyolite 6061 Antishock
$40
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles Rigid
$70
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Soul Poles original soul :: trek
$125
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Vario XS Rigid / Pole
$60
Leki Makalu FX Carbon Rigid
$220
Leki Makalu Lite Rigid
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Black Diamond Trail Shock Antishock
$110 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Leki Wanderfreund Antishock Hiking Staff
$85 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Swiss Gear Hiking Pole Hiking Staff
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
StickPic Accessory
$14 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Pacerpole 3-Section Alloy Rigid
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Leki Thermolite Aergon XL Antishock Antishock
$180 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Leki Corklite Rigid
$140 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Komperdell Wild Rambler Rigid
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Ultra Mountain Carbon Rigid
$170 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Contour Elliptic Shock Antishock
$140 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Wilcor Trekking Poles Antishock
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Leki Trail Antishock Antishock
$120 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Masters Kompressor 145 Rigid
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Quantum
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
StickPic Cell Phone Adapter Accessory
$8 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Komperdell Highlander Cork Anti-Shock Antishock
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
PaceMaker Expedition Rigid
$60 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Foxelli Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles Rigid
$130 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon Rigid
$200 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
American Trekking Pole Green Hiker Cork Grip Poles Rigid
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Recent Trekking Pole Reviews

rated 3 of 5 stars
Denali Explorer II Carbon Fibre Walking Poles

Cheap and cheerful for beginners who don’t want to spend much, but will do the job. Was going to give 2 stars but on reflection in a world of “you get what you pay for” these are not that bad. I bought them from Anaconda when I started hiking again to help with steep inclines but not wanting to fork out hundreds of $$ (yes, I’m a bit tight!). On the positive side these poles have served their purpose to date, feeling sturdy without weighing a lot and helping spread the weight a bit on those… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
MSR DynaLock Explore Backcountry Poles

Very good, three-section aluminum trekking poles for trekking and year-round mountaineering. Sturdy and relatively light, feel dependable, and delivered with multiple baskets. Great price tag and the cost/quality ratio. 550g / 1 lbs 4 oz | Open, Max: 140 cm / 55 in | Collapsed 62.2 cm / 24.5 in I was looking for a trekking pole to cover my needs for at least three-season use, and I generally accept something a little heavier to gain durability (and dependability). After some research I went with… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Komperdell Adventure Powerlock Foam Compact

The Komperdell Adventure Powerlock trekking poles are designed for four-season use with skis, snowshoes, or on foot, though you may want an accessory basket for snow. These aluminum poles are heavier than their carbon fiber models, but are a great bargain for folks strong enough to lift them.   . Having finally beaten my previous hiking poles to death after five years I asked Santa for a new pair last year. The Komperdell Adventure Powerlocks landed under the tree and I used them extensively for… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles

Montem appears to be a fraudulent business operating out of a guy's apartment in New York City. Check out their address as listed on their website (20 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009) on Google maps and decide for yourself if this is where you want to spend your money. I ordered two pairs of these poles directly from Montem. They were in stock and were guaranteed to be delivered in 7-10 days. 21 days later, even though the poles are still "in stock," the poles have not even been put in a shipping box,… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Yukon Charlie's Carbon Lite

They broke on first hike and company was completely uncooperative to honor warranty, even after they admitted they were under warranty. WTF. DO NOT TRUST YUKON CHARLIE’S. Full review

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 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 of 5 stars
Mountainsmith Pinnacle

In a nod to John's review, excellent for the price. I bought these a couple years ago and I'm fairly happy with these. They are light enough and I love the spring-loaded feature. Once in a while I find I need to adjust the poles again if I've been going down hills repeatedly. The twist lock mechanism has slipped like that only occasionally and usually not on the same hike, so I check them after a few hikes. The grips are fine for most seasons, but I'm not thrilled with them in warm weather with… Full review