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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 19, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Leki Wanderfreund Antishock Hiking Staff
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Rigid
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Rigid
$170 - $179
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Black Diamond Distance Z Rigid
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Trail Pro
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Trail Rigid
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock Antishock
$150
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)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon Rigid
$200 - $249
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Antishock
$75 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Rigid
$150 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Cor-Tec TA Rigid
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Komperdell Walker Hiking Staff
$40 - $49
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Trail Back Rigid
$80
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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki MCT 12 Vario Carbon Rigid
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Carbon Max Rigid
$200
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 (2)
Black Diamond Distance Plus FLZ Rigid
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine FLZ Rigid
$160
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ
$190
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
REI Summit Rigid
$75
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
REI Flash Carbon Trekking Poles Rigid
$69 - $139
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (5)
Mountainsmith Rhyolite 6061 Antishock
$40
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 - $64
Hilleberg Trekking Pole Rigid
$160
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Black Diamond Trail Shock Antishock
$110 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: 5 of 5 (2)
Leki Makalu Tour Rigid
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: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Leki Cristallo 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
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Recent Trekking Pole Reviews

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 5 of 5 stars
Leki Makalu Tour

No frills, high quality, tough, reliable trekking poles, which have helped preserve my aging knees over the last twenty years of outdoor buffoonery. As one of life's reluctant innovators...bordering on the Luddite...I had been moaning for a while about my creaky leg hinges, when a younger buddy asked why I hadn't bought some poles? Twenty years ago, if you saw a hiker with poles in Scotland you assumed she was a skier or, at least, a Swiss holidaymaker. Of course, before I could engage such a person… 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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Leki Vario XS

Leki's Vario XS four-season poles are designed for kids, but are fully functional on trail or in the snow. Adults or children who use poles in the 80-110 cm (31-43") range will find these two-piece poles are easy to adjust both for length and strap position. Leki's HTS 5.5 aluminum balances strength and weight, making the Vario XS a four-season pole that can adjust for growing children.   Leki Vario XS  The Vario XS replaced the Leki Vario Jr. SpeedLock and, while aimed at younger hikers and skiers,… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Leki MCT 12 Vario Carbon

An ultralight, adjustable length, hybrid folding-telescopic, all-carbon pole for trail running or power hiking on good trails. Quick and reliable locking mechanisms for deployment and length adjustment. Full-wrap straps with well-designed quick-release for shifting gears on the move or freeing up hands for photo stops etc. Small diameter baskets and light construction limit best use to firm surfaces—no snow or deep mud, please. First look  The first word that comes to mind in describing the Leki… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Leki Micro Vario Cor-Tec TA

Leki's Micro Vario Cor-Tec TA are a sturdy, packable set of poles which will keep you on your feet, and save your knees. Super easy and fast to assemble and adjust, and rock solid performance for your dollar. I have been a fan of hiking poles for a long time. Because I have horrible arch stability, and a fairly uneven sense of balance, having those extra supports makes a real difference, and has saved my bacon more than once! I have had a pair of Black Diamond Carbon Cork poles which have literally… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Fiber Quick Lock Trekking Poles Cork Grip

Surprisingly tangible benefits right out of the gate. I bought these from Costco (got a few hours to kill? Google “Trekking Poles”...got a few days to kill? Search up “Costco Trekking Poles”) after reading more than a few stories about the many benefits of using trekking poles while hiking. I used to think that I could just pick up some old ski poles from Goodwill if I ever needed them. Anyway, there are TONS of options available from all the major online outdoor retailers, as well as the… Full review