Trekking Poles

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The best 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 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

Wilcor Trekking Poles

rated 4 of 5 stars First time user of trekking poles. Found these to be easy to operate and fit the bill. Easily adjusted, locking seems secure. Good traction on slippery rock. Easy to use. 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 Men's Trail Pro

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Awesome pair from BD! I bought these mainly because of the stainless steel locking FlickLock instead of the plastic ones that I had in another pair from some generic brand and have shown signs of crack. Opted for the NON-SHOCK PRO model because the shocks will fail eventually, plus they "steal" power when ascending. Snow and low profile baskets are included as standard. I would love a dual grip option with cork being the primary material and eva for the secondary grip. You can swap the whole Flex… 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

Yukon Charlie's Carbon Lite Trekker

rated 0.5 of 5 stars I used these poles for the first time for some light snowshoeing and the plastic tip split. There weren't any hard hits or anything, only normal use. I called to get the piece replaced and they said they couldn't replace it. Terrible customer service on an obviously defective plastic piece on the bottom of their pole. Full review

Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ

rated 2 of 5 stars Expensive disposable stick. My poles have started splitting by the buttons after only a handful of outings over just over a year... Yeah, typical it's just outside of warranty and Black Diamond say they can't repair them. If it wasn't for that I'd have said they were great. However I'll be looking at different manufacturers for my next set. 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

user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Leki Wanderfreund Antishock Hiking Staff
$60 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Rigid
$80 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Rigid
$135 - $179
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Distance Z Rigid
$75 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Trail Pro
$105 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Trail Rigid
$60 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Leki Corklite Rigid
$125
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock Antishock
$80 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Wild Rambler Rigid
$38 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Leki Cristallo Rigid
$80 - $139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Komperdell Highlander Cork Anti-Shock Antishock
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Hiker Shocklight Staff Hiking Staff
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon Rigid
$149 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Antishock
$60 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Rigid
$160 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Komperdell Walker Hiking Staff
$40
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Komperdell Peak Hunter Rigid
$29 - $60
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine Ergo Cork Rigid
$142 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Trail Back Rigid
$60 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Mountainsmith Pyrite 7075 Antishock
$40 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Traveller Carbon Nordic Walking
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon Max Rigid
$178 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon DDS Antishock
$196
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Ti Cor-Tec
$80 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Corklite Aergon Speedlock Rigid
$85
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Leki Super Micro Hiking Staff
$48 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Pinnacle Antishock
$13 - $25
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine FLZ Rigid
$120 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Tubbs 2-Part Snowshoe Poles Rigid
$27 - $37
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ
$142 - $189
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Walker Antishock Light Hiking Staff
$35
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Carbon Ultralite Compact Rigid
$202
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Yukon Charlie's Carbon Lite Trekker
$60
Tubbs 3-Part Snowshoe Poles Rigid
$36 - $41
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
REI Flash Carbon Trekking Poles Rigid
$139
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Trekking Pole Tip Protector Accessory
$4 - $6
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (5)
Mountainsmith Rhyolite 6061 Antishock
$25 - $39
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Soul Poles original soul :: trek
$125
Leki Legacy Speedlock
$65 - $88
CAMP Backcountry 2.0
$80
CAMP Backcountry Carbon 2.0
$120
Mountainsmith Tellurite 7075 OLS WSD
$49 - $51
Helinox Featherlite Rigid
$140
Atlas Elektra Lock Jaw 2 Rigid
$29 - $44
Leki Rubber Tip Accessory
$13 - $14
Leki Journey Lite Rigid
$80
Mountainsmith FXpedition Monopod Hiking Staff
$20 - $39
REI Passage Trekking Poles Rigid
$70
CAMP Sonic Alu Evo
$120
Komperdell C3 Carbon Rigid
$160
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