Trekking Poles

Need help getting started with trekking poles? Read: Trekking Poles: To Use or Not, Trekking Poles: Parts Explained, Trekking Poles: Selecting a Pair, and Trekking Poles: Fit, Maintenance, and Tips.

The best trekking poles, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on October 29, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Trekking Pole Reviews

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

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 4 of 5 stars
Wilcor Trekking Poles

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

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 4.5 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Men's Trail Pro

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

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 0.5 of 5 stars
Yukon Charlie's Carbon Lite Trekker

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

user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Leki Wanderfreund Antishock Hiking Staff
$55
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Rigid
$97 - $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
$75 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock Antishock
$112 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Wild Rambler Rigid
$45
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Leki Cristallo Rigid
$70
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
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Rigid
$112 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Komperdell Peak Hunter Rigid
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Cressida Aergon Antishock SpeedLock Antishock
$87
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine Ergo Cork Rigid
$160
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond Trail Back Rigid
$60 - $79
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
$40 - $44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Traveller Carbon Nordic Walking
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Leki Micro Vario Ti Cor-Tec
$88
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Leki Super Micro Hiking Staff
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Distance Plus FLZ Rigid
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Pinnacle Antishock
$16 - $31
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
$34
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ
$142 - $189
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Carbon Ultralite Compact Rigid
$153
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Yukon Charlie's Carbon Lite Trekker
$42
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
$6 - $8
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (5)
Mountainsmith Rhyolite 6061 Antishock
$28 - $29
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Soul Poles original soul :: trek
$125
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Black Diamond Trail Shock Antishock
$110 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Pacerpole 3-Section Alloy Rigid
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Swiss Gear Hiking Pole Hiking Staff
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
LekiSport Orion Rigid
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
StickPic Accessory
$14 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Komperdell Carbon Ascent Trekking Poles Rigid
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Ultra Distance Rigid
$150 MSRP
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)
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)
MSR OverLand Carbon Rigid
$140 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Masters Kompressor 145 Rigid
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mountainsmith Trekker FX MonoPod Hiking Staff
$29 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leki Quantum
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