Ratings Overview - Trekking Poles

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Leki Carbonlite

 Leki Carbonlite
The Leki Carbonlite is a pretty sweet pole and is one of the lighter weight telescoping pole that features what is our favorite an...
$180

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83
Comfort - 9 of 10
9
Locking Mechanism - 7 of 10
7
Weight - 9 of 10
9
Packed Size - 8 of 10
8
Durability - 8 of 10
8
Versatility - 8 of 10
8
Leki Quantum

 Leki Quantum
The Leki Quantum was nearly our OutdoorGearLab Best Buy winner but was barely edged out by the Black Diamond Trail Back which is $...
$100

100
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81
Comfort - 9 of 10
9
Locking Mechanism - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 6 of 10
6
Packed Size - 7 of 10
7
Durability - 9 of 10
9
Versatility - 9 of 10
9
Komperdell C3 Carbon Compact

 Komperdell C3 Carbon Compact
The Komperdell C3 Carbon Compacts are the best priced carbon fiber poles in our review and they are the lightest and most compact ...
$140

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82
Comfort - 8 of 10
8
Locking Mechanism - 8 of 10
8
Weight - 9 of 10
9
Packed Size - 9 of 10
9
Durability - 8 of 10
8
Versatility - 7 of 10
7
Raidlight Foldable Trail Poles

 Raidlight Foldable Trail Poles
These are the lightest and most compact poles that I have ever seen. Raidlight is a French company, based in the Grenoble area, wh...
$160

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84
Comfort - 8 of 10
8
Locking Mechanism - 8 of 10
8
Weight - 10 of 10
10
Packed Size - 10 of 10
10
Durability - 7 of 10
7
Versatility - 7 of 10
7
REI Traverse Shocklight

 REI Traverse Shocklight
The REI Traverse Shocklight Trekking Poles are a pretty sweet pole for the price. At 18.5 ounces they are one of the lighter teles...
$90

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75
Comfort - 8 of 10
8
Locking Mechanism - 7 of 10
7
Weight - 7 of 10
7
Packed Size - 7 of 10
7
Durability - 8 of 10
8
Versatility - 8 of 10
8
REI Traverse Trekking poles

 REI Traverse Trekking poles
The REI Traverse pole is a solid pole at a stellar price that was in the running with the Black Diamond Trail Back (also $80) for ...
$80

100
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77
Comfort - 8 of 10
8
Locking Mechanism - 7 of 10
7
Weight - 8 of 10
8
Packed Size - 7 of 10
7
Durability - 8 of 10
8
Versatility - 8 of 10
8
Leki Micro Stick

 Leki Micro Stick
Although the Micro Stick was unknown to me prior to testing it for this review, I have a long history with Leki poles and have use...
$160

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85
Comfort - 9 of 10
9
Locking Mechanism - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 8 of 10
8
Packed Size - 10 of 10
10
Durability - 8 of 10
8
Versatility - 7 of 10
7
Leki Corklite

 Leki Corklite
The Leki Corklite is our OutdoorGearLab Top Pick for being a solid all-around pole that will stand up to heavier duty use and has ...
$140

Top Pick Award
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85
Comfort - 10 of 10
10
Locking Mechanism - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 7 of 10
7
Packed Size - 7 of 10
7
Durability - 9 of 10
9
Versatility - 9 of 10
9
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork

 Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork
The Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork was one of our OutdoorGearLab Top Picks for general trekking, hiking and backpacking because it ...
$120

Top Pick Award
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86
Comfort - 10 of 10
10
Locking Mechanism - 10 of 10
10
Weight - 8 of 10
8
Packed Size - 7 of 10
7
Durability - 9 of 10
9
Versatility - 7 of 10
7
Black Diamond Trail Back

 Black Diamond Trail Back
The Black Diamond Trail Back Trekking poles win our Best Buy award because they have many of the same features as poles that are $...
$80

Best Buy Award
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81
Comfort - 8 of 10
8
Locking Mechanism - 10 of 10
10
Weight - 6 of 10
6
Packed Size - 8 of 10
8
Durability - 9 of 10
9
Versatility - 8 of 10
8
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Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock

 Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock
The Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock is the shock absorbing cousin of our OutdoorGearLab Best Buy award winner, the Black Diamond Tra...
$140

100
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82
Comfort - 9 of 10
9
Locking Mechanism - 10 of 10
10
Weight - 7 of 10
7
Packed Size - 7 of 10
7
Durability - 9 of 10
9
Versatility - 7 of 10
7
Black Diamond Contour Elliptic Shock

 Black Diamond Contour Elliptic Shock
These poles are burly!!!! The Black Diamond Contour Elliptic Shock are straight up the toughest poles in our review in every way, ...
$140

100
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81
Comfort - 8 of 10
8
Locking Mechanism - 10 of 10
10
Weight - 7 of 10
7
Packed Size - 7 of 10
7
Durability - 10 of 10
10
Versatility - 7 of 10
7
Black Diamond Ultra Distance

 Black Diamond Ultra Distance
The Black Diamond Ultra Distance was the clear winner for the Best Lightweight Trekking Pole and gets our Top Pick award. In terms...
$160

Top Pick Award
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86
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Comfort - 8 of 10
8
Locking Mechanism - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 10 of 10
10
Packed Size - 10 of 10
10
Durability - 8 of 10
8
Versatility - 6 of 10
6
Black Diamond Distance FL

 Black Diamond Distance FL
This is the most innovative pole we have seen in a long time. It fills a small niche well: it is the perfect pole for people obses...
$120

100
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84
Comfort - 8 of 10
8
Locking Mechanism - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 9 of 10
9
Packed Size - 10 of 10
10
Durability - 8 of 10
8
Versatility - 6 of 10
6
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork

 Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork
This wins our OutdoorGearLab Editors' Choice award. They are light, strong, versatile poles with comfortable cork handles. Climber...
$160

Editors' Choice Award
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90
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Comfort - 10 of 10
10
Locking Mechanism - 10 of 10
10
Weight - 8 of 10
8
Packed Size - 8 of 10
8
Durability - 9 of 10
9
Versatility - 9 of 10
9
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Total 15 products tested.