Trekking Poles Review
Whether you are an experienced hiker or just getting started, we have the perfect set of trekking poles for you. There are lot of different options from a lot of different manufacturers. Below are a few that we think are some of the best trekking poles out there:
Leki Trekking Poles
Leki has been around for over 60 years, and have been manufacturing quality trekking poles for a long time. Their trekking poles are designed in cooperation with certified mountain guides and well known athletes. Leki’s Mountain Trek Series of trekking poles are some of the most advanced and sophisticated walking poles available. The Leki Khumu Aergon Trekking Pole is great if you’re carrying a heavier pack, and is designed for high-altitude trekking. These Aluminum trekking poles adjust from 28 to 57 inches, and feature Leki’s SpeedLock system (no tools required) and their soft antishock system. If you’re looking to spend a little less money, check out the Leki Trail trekking poles. The Leki trail series are high quality trekking poles, but are more reasonably priced than the Mountain Trek Series. The Leki Trail poles have an interchangeable basket system, a carbide flextip, and weigh only 14.4 oz per pair. Please check out our Leki Trekking Poles page to see reviews and detailed descriptions of all the Leki Poles.
Black Diamond Trekking Poles
Black Diamond Trekking Poles are a great option for the serious hiker. The Black Diamond Contour Carbon Trekking Poles feature-packed poles. They have 360-degree padded Nubuck straps and dual-density grip tops, which really help during long excursions. They have Black Diamond’s Dual Flicklocks, which make it extremely fast and easy to adjust your poles length. The carbon fiber in the upper section of the poles make them extremely strong and durable, as well as light. The Black Diamond Trail Back Hiking Poles are decent alternative to the higher priced Black Diamond Contour Poles. These aluminum poles are adjustable from 27 to 55 inches in length. They have the double FlickLocks system, and weigh 20 oz per pair. The full line of Black Diamond trekking poles can be found here
Komperell is another company that offer extremely high quality trekking poles. The Komperdell Walker Antishock Single Trekking Pole can be used as a walking staff or a regular trekking pole. It has a comfort cork grip, an on/off anti shock mechanism, a Vario=trekking basket, and a tungsten/carbide tip. The Komperdell C3 Carbon Poles are some of the best that money can buy. The ultra-light carbon shafts are slim and strong, and only weigh 15,58 ounces per pair. The pneumatic anti-shock system utilizes air pistons to provide progressive cushioning, so the stronger the impact, the stronger the cushioning. Below the standard grips, the upper pole sections have a patented G’reptile grip zone. This eliminates the need to manually adjust the length of your poles when you are going down a steep slope. Komperdell poles are definitely worth your consideration – please see our Komperdell Trekking Poles page to see the full line of Komperdell poles and accessories.
Mountainsmith is a Colorado-based company that has been around since 1979. They are well-known for building high quality outdoor products, from tents and sleeping bags to trekking poles. The Mountainsmith Carbonlite trekking poles are good poles for a great price. These carbon wrapped aluminum poles have molded cork handles, and have three telescoping sections. They have easily removable, narrow profile baskets and rubber boot tips. For the very casual hiker, the Mountainsmith Pinnacle trekking pole might be an option. This single aluminum pole has a quick locking mechanism, a rubber molded handle. and adjusts from 26 to 54 inches in length. It weighs 12 ounces. Visit our Mountainsmith page for more details.