Decrease injury and increase speed. It’s time you started hiking with trekking poles.
We’ve spent months researching and testing the best trekking poles to fit a variety of uses and budgets. From the mountains of Colorado to the California desert, we’ve put these poles through the wringer. We evaluated based on comfort, packed size, durability, and value. We also considered versatility and adjustability.
And although there isn’t a perfect pole for every person out there, we’ve broken this list into categories to help find the right pair for you. If you need help deciding, refer to our买方指南和FAQbelow for more tips on how to choose the best trekking poles.
Feel free to scroll through to see all of our recommended buys, or jump to the category you’re looking for:
The Best Trekking Poles of 2021
Anyone looking for a sturdy, reliable, easy-to-use trekking pole will appreciate these. The ergonomic cork grip felt great from the very first step. And a variety of testers (with varying hand sizes) found they fit well and didn’t rub. The Dual FlickLock is easy to use, and we appreciated being able to quickly adjust the height.
The lock is also plenty sturdy. It didn’t budge even on sustained uphill treks. These poles are 27 inches packed down. And while that easily fits on the back of a pack, it may be a concern for some. For the majority of hikers, though, this won’t be a problem.
And the quality pole paired with a reasonable $130 price tag makes these a great go-to trekking pole.
These are also available in awomen’s-specific model.
- Weight:18 oz.
If you’re looking for trekking poles that are both adjustable and fold down small, the LEKI Micro Vario Core Tec ($139) is a great option. The folding design allows them to pack down to just 15 inches, which is particularly useful for traveling. Once extended, the top portion can be extended to accommodate a wider range of heights.
这些波兰人使用SpeedLock +锁定机制。We prefer the SpeedLock 2 found on other LEKI poles, but the SpeedLock+ performs well and is certainly better than a twist-lock mechanism.
软木塞夹具在长长的徒步旅行中已被证明是舒适的。杆子没有左右，但随着时间的推移，我们发现皮带模具略微向我们一直使用的手。碳化物尖端保持良好，用于在水泥或沥青上行走，可以添加rubber walking tips.
These are slightly heavier and about 10 bucks more expensive than the Black Diamond Trail Ergo. But with the ability to fold down small, they’re a top pick.
- Weight:20.2 oz.
These three-section carbon poles fold up easily and extend quickly, thanks to the rapid deployment system. The foam grips are lightweight and proved comfortable from the very first multiday use.
This is a popular folding option for long-distance hikers and was editor Sean McCoy’s choice for theLeadville 100.
The Distance Carbon Z poles ($170) come in four sizes: 100 cm, 110 cm, 120 cm, and 130 cm. And weighing in around 10 ounces per pair, these are impressively light. Whether you’re trekking for days or stashing them in your pack, they won’t wear you down.
如果你不介意稍微较重的杆子，那就Black Diamond Distance Z Trekking Polesare an excellent choice. They weigh 11.4-13.4 ounces per pair and come in at a very reasonable $100.
- Weight:9.6-11.1 oz.
Best Budget Trekking Poles:Kelty上坡2.0
These adjustable trekking poles ($40) are comfortable, reliable, and easy on the wallet. At 10 ounces per pole, they’re not impressively light, but they work fine for the price.
The foam grip was comfortable after a full day of testing and we appreciated the adjustable wrist straps. The carbide tip works great for most terrain and for asphalt walking, you can use the included rubber tip cover.
追捕龙头杆的亚军最佳预算：Cascade Mountain Tech Trekking Poles
Trekking poles for just $25? Yes, you read that right. These poles are a fan favorite and a budget lover’s dream.
At 10.4 ounces per pole, they’re certainly not the lightest option out there, but they get the job done. For casual outings, these work and won’t break the bank.
Anyone looking for carbon poles on a budget should check outCascade Mountain Tech’s carbon trekking poles. They clock in at just $45 and weigh 7.8 ounces per pole.
与Ultrarunner Joe Grant合作创建，这些杆（150美元）是为快速轻型探险而建立的。每极仅95克（120cm长度）称重这些是最轻的杆子黑钻石。耐用的泡沫夹具可提供足够的舒适性，而无需任何额外的重量。
These are fixed-length poles that don’t fold down for easy packing. But a mid-shaft ring does make for a well-balanced horizontal carry. Anyone looking to log big miles running on the trail should check out these ultralight poles.
- 包装尺寸：Doesn’t pack down
孩子们最徒步徒步旅行杆：LEKI Vario XS Kids’ Trekking Poles
These poles ($59) will keep kids moving happily on the trail. With a max length of 43.5 inches and a minimum of 31 inches, they grow well with your kiddo and can be used for several seasons.
And the ability to get more use is one of our favorite features. For any kids who spend the summer hiking and the winter skiing, these four-season poles are a quality investment.
Our tiny testers found the rubber grip comfortable. And the SpeedLock+ mechanism is easy to use and keeps poles extended even when force is applied.
- Weight:15 oz.
The Best of the Rest
These poles ($120) earn high marks for being thin, light, and stable. Plus, they’re impressively comfortable.
就像BD Trail Ergo一样，他们打包到27英寸。它们的体重略低于黑钻径逆溜寒杆。120美元，这些也是一个很大的价值。
The textured strap seemed to aid with wicking sweat away, and we really liked the lack of buckles. The locking system was easy to use, even with gloves on. And the interchangeable snow baskets (sold separately) make these a year-round, one-quiver pole.
- Weight:17.1 oz.
Anyone looking for a reliable backcountry pole will appreciate the Alpine Carbon Cork Poles ($180). They served us well while exploring盛大的tetons.. The cork grips are comfortable and we like the extended foam, which allows for easy hand position changes.
- Weight:1 lb. 1 oz.
New for 2021, these poles ($200) are well-suited to trail running, fastpacking, and other fast-and-light adventures. The lightest pole in LEKI’s Cross Trail collection, the fixed-length, foldingMCT Superlite.is available in105,110,115,120,125和130cm长度.
Our tester found the ergonomic cork grips comfortable. And the Velcro-adjustable Cross Shark wrist straps/gloves absorbed sweat and detached easily from the poles (by pressing the lever on top of the handle with a thumb) when our tester needed to use their hands for other tasks.
These are the most expensive poles on this list, and they aren’t the lightest. However, unlike our pick for best trail running pole, theBlack Diamond Distance Carbon，Leki MCT超光线POLLS包在不使用时的可移植性。
- 110cm poles: 10.4 oz.
- 120cm poles: 11.1 oz.
- 130cm poles: 11.9 oz.
- 110cm poles: 12.6″
- 130cm poles: 15.5″
These aren’t the lightest poles ($155) available, but they earn high marks for a clever magnetic folding design. Plus, we’ve been impressed with their nearly indestructible strength.
The wraparound folding design holds the pole securely folded and makes packing them a breeze. Our testers found the ergonomic foam grip comfortable. And the larger-sized grip makes it easier to choose various hand positions depending on the terrain.
Known for making ultralightcamp chairs, Helinox brings this same tech to the Passport line of trekking poles ($150). These fixed-length, folding poles are impressively light and packable. They weigh just 11 ounces per pair, and the single locking button makes for fast deployment.
The tungsten carbide tips are ultradurable, and you have the option to use rubber tips (included) for hard surface use. Plus, you can hike happily knowing they’re backed by a 5-year warranty.
These poles ($139) manage to strike the balance between light and strong. The collapsible three-section design keeps them light, and the sturdy lever locks keep them at the desired length.
These are also available in a slightly lighter (14-ounce pair)women’s-specific version.
The flick locks make these poles easily adjustable. And we like that they can fit hikers ranging from 4′ to 6’8″ and up to 400 pounds.
Anyone wanting to go fast and light should look elsewhere, but these do nicely for most hikers.
These trekking poles ($55) are designed specifically for kids. They easily grow with your child from a minimum length of 27.5 inches to a maximum length of 45.3 inches.
The aluminum shaft is light and sturdy, and the plastic handles are built to comfortably fit small hands. Kids love gear that makes them feel grown-up, and we like anything that helps kids get on the trail.
Spring Carbonlite Pro（80美元）的山地山地的防船系统有助于最大限度地减少撞击并使轨道长时间更容易。软木塞和泡沫手柄非常舒适，我们喜欢调整长度的容易程度。
That said, twist-lock poles are not our favorite simply because they tend to wear out over time. But these poles are fairly light, comfortable, and priced to win.
Advantages of Trekking Poles
- 迁徙的杆子在下坡徒步上拯救你的膝盖和关节。Studies showthat using poles significantly reduces the impact on your knees while hiking downhill.
- They improve your balance on uneven terrain, river crossings, or slippery rocks.
- Trekking poles help you maintain a consistent gait, leading to a faster and more efficient pace.
Cons of Trekking Poles
- Your overall energy outputis increased.
- 如果你选择不使用你的poles, they become another piece of gear to carry.
Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose a Trekking Pole
The packed-down length isn’t of vital importance to most hikers and backpackers. But for those who plan to travel with their poles, it’s best to look for a pole that packs down small enough to fit in your luggage. Something like theLEKI Micro Variois a solid option.
One of the biggest factors for a good fit is height. Stand up straight (preferably wearing the shoes you’ll hike in) and bend your arm to a 90-degree angle. Measure from the floor to your elbow to calculate your length.
In general, people 5’1″ and under will choose a 100cm pole. Those up to 5’7″ will use a 110cm pole. Hikers ranging from 5’8″ to 5’11” need a 120cm pole. And those taller than 6′ will go with the 130cm option.
Fixed Length vs. Adjustable
There are reasons to consider each. With adjustable poles, you can quickly change the length. This lets you fine-tune them on the trail to your personalized height.
Generally, women’s trekking poles have a smaller grip diameter (which offers increased comfort for smaller hands) and a shorter max length. For example, the top pick黑钻石足迹ergo软木杆has a length of 55 inches, and the女性版本has a max length of 49 inches.
Another bonus of women’s trekking poles is that the minimum length is shorter. This means increased packability.
Are Trekking Poles Worth It?
You could use a single pole or a hiking staff, but, in general, we recommend a pair of hiking poles. They provide a more balanced, ergonomic gait and increased stability.
How Tall Should My Trekking Pole Be?
In general, people 5’1″ and under will choose a 100cm pole. Those up to 5’7″ will use a 110-115cm pole. Hikers ranging from 5’8″ to 5’11” need a 120cm pole. And those taller than 6′ will go with the 130cm option.