Here at Curated, we know what it's like to try to find the best pair of hiking poles. But we also know that it can be hard to know where to start. This list compiles all of our unbiased experts' most recommended hiking poles, but be sure to chat with an expert to make sure you find the perfect hiking poles for you.
- Black Diamond - First Strike Trek Poles - OS - Kids
- Black Diamond Trail Sport 2 Trekking Pole
- LEKI Makalu Lite COR-TEC Pole
- Black Diamond Trail Explorer 3 Trekking Poles
- MOUNTAINSMITH - HALITE WSD 7075 - Capri Blue
- Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Pole
- Leki - Cressida Cor-Tec Women's Pole
- BLACK DIAMOND - TRAIL ERGO CORK TREK POLES - Granite
- Mountainsmith Tellurite 7075 OLS Poles (Pair)
- Mountainsmith Halite 7075 Poles (Pair)
Black Diamond - First Strike Trek Poles - OS - Kids
Budget-friendly trekking poles that have 2 sections for an easily adjustable length and to collapse to a smaller size for stowing away on hikes. Adjusts from 66-110cm (suitable for any height up to 5'2"). The fully collapsed length is 66 cm and the weight is 1 lb 4 oz. They have a foam and rubber grip for moisture absorption and insulation. These are also compatible with snow baskets (not included).
Black Diamond Trail Sport 2 Trekking Pole
A budget-friendly option for trekking poles that have a 2-part telescoping feature to collapse down to a smaller length for stowing away on hikes. These poles have a broad adjustable length from 100-140 cm (suitable for 5'1"-6'+) and can adjust for a variety of activities and terrains. Adjust for steeper inclines and declines and for winter hikes. Can attach snow baskets (not included) and has rubber grips with ventilation channels. Weighs 1 lb 4.4 oz. They collapse down to 32 inches in length.
1 lb. 4.4 oz. for the pair, these are pretty lightweight. They are made out of 7075 aluminum, which is considered aircraft-quality, so they will handle some abuse. BD's flicklock locking system is super reliable.
These poles provide reliable support during day hikes and backpacking adventures! Adjustable length with two separate sections.
LEKI Makalu Lite COR-TEC Pole
Black Diamond Trail Explorer 3 Trekking Poles
Easy to adjust pole with size range between 25-51 inches! This will be comfortable elbow height for someone up to 6' tall. Packs down to 23" for travel
These poles collapse down to 23" and weigh 18.7oz/pr. They feature fliplock adjustability for fast and secure adjustments.
Super versatile, any type of backpacking or even some strenuous day hikes.
MOUNTAINSMITH - HALITE WSD 7075 - Capri Blue
These are women-specific, providing optimized pole handles for a more efficient grip. They adjust from 121-137 cm (best for heights 5'8"+). They come with rubber tips, hiking baskets and snow baskets -- rubber tips can also be taken off. They weigh 1 lb 2 oz for the pair, making them compact and lightweight.
Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Pole
Leki - Cressida Cor-Tec Women's Pole
BLACK DIAMOND - TRAIL ERGO CORK TREK POLES - Granite
Great for helping you keep your balance and taking the stress off your joints on uphills, downhills, and stream crossings. These poles collapse to fit in the side pocket of your backpack and are super durable.
Cork handles, with quality aluminum construction. Telescoping design for longevity and strength. Super adjustable, so it fits all heights. Handles are ergonomically designed for comfort.
Grinding up mountains, alleviating excess stress on the knees during downhill, and helping you balance during stream crossings!
Mountainsmith Tellurite 7075 OLS Poles (Pair)
Cork handles with a foam handle underneath provides great comfort! 7075 aluminum shafts will stay strong, and three-sections gives you greater adjustability. 1 lb. 4 oz. for the pair. Mountainsmith has a lifetime warranty as well. Comes with snow baskets for hiking through snow.
Easily adjustable trekking poles with very comfortable EVA and cork handles. Designed to eliminate hot spots and pressure points for ultimate comfort while you're on the trail! 3 telescoping sections. Lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.
Mountainsmith Halite 7075 Poles (Pair)
Lightweight, durable, adjustable, and collapsible! They adjust to fit a variety of user heights and different terrains. They collapse to a length of 16", so they are easy to stow when not in use and store without taking up space. Carbide tips are great on all hiking surfaces!
BLACK DIAMOND - TRAIL ERGO CORK TREK POLES W - Cherrywood
Black Diamond Alpine FLZ Trekking Pole
Durable, packable, and highly versatile trekking poles. These can range in size from 120-140cm (130cm is generally the length needed for someone 6' tall). When collapsed, they are 15.7" long. Constructed from lightweight and durable aluminum with cork handles.
Very easy to pack and lightweight at 1lb. The cork handles are fantastic at preventing your hands from getting too sweaty and sticky like with rubber or foam grips.
Poles are super light and weigh about a pound. They are foldable and adjustable.
MOUNTAINSMITH - RHYOLITE 6061 - Deep Blue
MOUNTAINSMITH - GLOBETROTTER - Graphite
Mountainsmith Andestie Pole
light and packable! These are a game changer when your legs start to feel it. They keep you from getting tired out too quickly, and help to avoid stumbles along the way.
Black Diamond - Alpine Carbon Z Poles - 100 - Pearl Black
LEKI Micro Vario Carbon Trekking Pole
Ideal accessory for use in tricky terrain, taking weight off your back and knees, better support and stability, better traction and aiding in steep ups and downs. Adjustment ranges from 110-130 cm for use by a big range of hikers. The locking mechanism is durable, easy to use and these pack small!
With a range of 110-130cm, these poles will fit users up to 6'2". Foam grips provide extra comfort, and the external locking system makes adjustments easy. Weighing just over 1lb, these won't weigh you down when you aren't using them and stowing them in your pack. Collapsed length of 38cm.
MOUNTAINSMITH - PINNACLE SINGLE - Sand
Great for downhill stability, inexpensive, and just a really great and easy to grab handle with a super comfortable strap. Mountainsmith also has a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects!
MOUNTAINSMITH - TELLURITE WSD 7075 - Berry
LEKI MCT Women's Vario TA Trekking Pole
Lightweight, adjustable, and very reliable when it comes to locking mechanisms. These are foldable, so they're excellent for packing away during easier terrain too.
LEKI MCT Vario TA Trekking Pole
These are built for speed and cater well to folks trail running or fast packing that want light albeit slightly less durable poles.
Great for hiking plus propping up a light weight tent or rain fly.
This pair is perfect for extended backpacking trips!
LEKI Wanderfreund Makalu High Fives Trekking Pole
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