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Best Trekking Poles

Our best Hiking Poles (Trekking Poles) are Engineered to Provide the Ultimate Balance between Strength,  Durability and Ultra-Light Weight

Compact Z-Fold Trekking Poles

ConstructionTri-Folding, Three Section
Shaft Material100% 3K Carbon Fiber
GripNatural Cork + EVA Foam
StrapPadded Adjustable Strap
Adjustment systemEasy Flip Speed Lock
Color:Exposed 3K Carbon Fiber
Folded size:14 inches (35.6 cm)
Adjustable size:From 45in to 53in (115cm to 135cm)
Weight:7.6 ounces per pole – Under 1 pound per pair!
Features:
  • Ultra Compact Storage
  • Flip Lock Adjusting
  • Ultra-Lightweight 3K Carbon Strong poles
  • 4 Season Accessories
  • Natural Cork Grips + EVA Foam

Premier Outdoor Gear’s exclusive 3K Carbon Fiber Ultra Lightweight Z-Fold Trekking Poles measure up to the highest priced Hiking Poles on the market. You can easily spend over $150 for comparable trekking poles and still not get all the features that you do from Premier Outdoor Gear. Travel a lot? These poles are for you, they fold down to easily fit in luggage or a day pack.

Many companies charge extra for Nordic Snow and Mud accessories, while POG includes them and a carrying bag at no charge. Premier Outdoor Gear’s Z Fold Compact Hiking Poles are at home snowshoeing in the deepest snow, hiking in the roughest terrain or walking through your neighborhood park.

Compact Telescoping Trekking Poles

ConstructionTelescoping, Three Section
Shaft Material100% 3K Carbon Fiber
GripNatural Cork + EVA Foam
StrapPadded Adjustable Strap
Adjustment systemTwo Easy Flip Speed Locks
Color:Exposed 3K Carbon Fiber
Collapsed size:24 inches (61cm)
Adjustable size:From 24in to 53in (61cm to 135cm)
Weight:7.6 ounces per pole – Under 1 pound per pair!
Features:
  • Ultra Adjustable – Kids or Adults
  • Flip Lock Adjusting
  • Ultra-Lightweight 3K Carbon Strong poles
  • 4 Season Accessories
  • Natural Cork Grips + EVA Foam

Premier Outdoor Gear’s exclusive 3K Carbon Fiber Ultra Lightweight Telescoping Trekking Poles give you the ultimate in adjustability. Why spend over $150 on similar poles and still not get all the accessories you need to hike in snow, mud or over solid rock? Our exclusive 3K Carbon Fiber is used in aerospace and other applications that require ultra light weight, strength and durability.

This strong, durable hiking pole will serve you and all the members of your family for years tyo come on all of your outdoor adventures. Premier Outdoor Gear’s Telescoping Hiking Poles are at home snowshoeing in the deepest snow, hiking in the roughest terrain or walking through your neighborhood park.

100% 3K Carbon Fiber Hiking Poles

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Learn more about what makes POG Trekking Poles the best in the industry. In the video, you will see all the features of the product, included accessories so there will be no surprise in how they will perform.
Go Further, Travel Faster with Less Joint Stress

Discover Our Ultra-Lightweight, Ultra-Strong Trekking Poles

POG has worked with experts to engineer the lightest, yet strongest trekking pole on the market. Whether out on a walk outdoors in your neighborhood park or tackling a week long backpacking trip in the snow, you can count on POG 3k Carbon Fiber Hiking Poles to deliver.
Excellent comfort, superior balance, ultimate adjustability

TELESCOPING TREKKING POLES

POG’s 3K Carbon Fiber Telescoping Trekking Pole will complement your outdoor lifestyle, helping you master difficult terrain, snow and mud with near infinite adjustability (from 24 to 53 inches). The pole is easily adjusted using our easy flip locks and with the Natural Cork Grip and Extended EVA Ridged Foam Handles, you can adjust the length quickly for changing terrain.

POG has brought aerospace materials together with intelligent design to create a Trekking Pole that might very well be the last you ever buy. The durability and strength combined with great features and accessories will give you one pole to meet your walking, hiking, backpacking and snowshoeing needs. POG includes accessories for most any terrain free and includes mud baskets, snow baskets and rubber tips in addition to the fixed carbide tip.

  • Shaft Material: 100% Ultra Light Weight 3K Exposed Weave Carbon Fiber
  • The length is adjustable from 24” to 53”
  • Available in Matte 3K Exposed Weave Carbon Fiber
  • Weight: 9.6oz per pole
  • Designed Applications : Day Hiking, Nordic Snow Shoeing, Walking, Trekking, Backpacking, Maintaining Balance, Minimizing Impact to Knees and Other Joints.
Ultra Compact, Ultra Strong and Still Adjustable

TRI-FOLD TREKKING POLES

POG’s 3K Carbon Fiber Tri Z Fold Trekking Pole will complement your outdoor lifestyle, helping you master difficult terrain, snow and mud with the ability to store them in a day pack or weekend travel luggage. The pole is still adjustable (from 45 to 53 inches), but folds down to 14 inches for storage and transport. The pole is easily adjusted using our easy single flip lock and with the Natural Cork Grip and Extended EVA Ridged Foam Handles, you can adjust the length quickly for changing terrain.

POG has brought aerospace materials together with intelligent design to create a Trekking Pole that might very well be the last you ever buy. The durability and strength combined with great features and accessories will give you one pole to meet your walking, hiking, backpacking and snowshoeing needs. POG includes accessories for most any terrain free and includes mud baskets, snow baskets and rubber tips in addition to the fixed carbide tip.

  • Shaft Material: 100% Ultra Light Weight 3K Exposed Weave Carbon Fiber
  • The length is adjustable from 45” to 53”
  • Available in Matte 3K Exposed Weave Carbon Fiber
  • Weight: 9.6oz per pole
  • Designed Applications : Day Hiking, Nordic Snow Shoeing, Walking, Trekking, Backpacking, Maintaining Balance, Minimizing Impact to Knees and Other Joints.
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Trekking Pole Reviews

There are a lot of trekking poles to choose from. Here is why people choose POG.
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Why POG Trekking Poles?

Premier Outdoor Gear researches and develops products to meet your needs. We then engineer them to deliver strength, durability, ease of use and lastly aesthetic appeal so you will have a product you will use and love for years.
  • We partner with national fulfillment centers to deliver your order.
  • We offer competitive price while delivering industry leading quality hiking poles.
  • Secure ordering with flexible payment options.
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee
  • Our satisfied customers are our best advertisement.
  • We have your items in stock and ready to ship
  • Our support staff is understanding, efficient and knowledgeable.
Trekking Pole Wrist Straps

Correct hand grip technique

adjust the length of the strap
IN THE SPOTLIGHT

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You have questions about hiking stick, we have the answers

Why Use Trekking Poles?

There are a number of reasons. Once you get used to trekking poles you will naturally put some of the weight and shock of long-term hiking and backpacking on the poles instead of your legs, knees, feet and lower back. The Use of walking sticks will also give your arms a workout, strengthening them over time. The transfer of some of the workout to your arms will give the additional benefit of strengthening your core. In time you will get the full benefits of “Nordic Walking” which is the integrated use of trekking poles in your gait.

Trekking poles provide additional stability and support in a wide array terrain. Hiking poles increase your balance, by providing a third and sometimes fourth point of contact while hiking. The additional point of contact becomes a huge benefit in crossing streams and other obstacles on your walk.

Some people worry that trekking with poles will make them tired because they’ll use more energy since now they’re using their arms. Using your arms will actually spread the work over more of your body and allow you more endurance and strength, particularly once you are practiced with your hiking sticks. You will find in time that you can hike farther every single day without having as much pain and stiffness as you otherwise would have. The use of trekking poles will allow you to spend more time outdoors enjoying your hiking, snow shoeing or trekking.

Patience while your body gets used to Nordic walking will pay great dividends as your body increases its strength, durability and endurance.

What is the diameter of the shaft of the Trekking Pole?

Our poles taper from larger at the top to smaller diameters at the bottom of the pole. The key thing to note on trekking poles is not the diameter, but the strength of the pole itself. For the ultimate in strength, look for poles made of 3K Carbon Fiber. This is the same type of carbon fiber used in aerospace applications and even Tour de France winning bicycles.

Do you really need Trekking Poles?

Not always. However, there are a number of situations that you will benefit from them. For short hikes that are on the relatively flat ground and more like walks than actual hikes, you don’t need poles to get around, but you may find that walking poles will benefit you even in this situation, if simply by giving your arms exercise as well as your legs. You will find that well over 90% of long-distance hikers, backpackers, or thru-hikers use trekking poles on their hikes. The poles not only help balance in slippery conditions, but they help over rough terrain or even in situations like crossing a fast moving creek. Additionally for ultra light weight backpackers and campers, the poles serve a double function as a tent or tarp pole.

If you’re just taking the occasional weekend walk, then trekking poles aren’t always necessity, but there’s a reason that anyone who is serious about backpacking or hiking use trekking poles. It is difficult to imagine anyone who eventually wants to take on the challenge of more long-distance hikes, or even one of the big three trails in the United States not taking advantage of the benefits of lightweight and strong trekking poles.

What is the difference between Trekking Poles and Hiking Sticks?

The biggest difference between these two pieces of related equipment is that hiking staffs or sticks tend to be a simple construction that is only carried in one hand. With the advent of lightweight and compact trekking poles, hiking staffs and sticks have more or less become obsolete because they do not offer near the advantages of trekking poles, yet often weight a great deal more than a pair of carbon fiber trekking poles. Walking staffs or canes are best for flat land and not really useful on varied terrain.

Trekking poles are are superior to a walking staff or stick in rocky, uneven, and other challenging terrain. Think of hiking sticks as being more ornamental while trekking poles are better for actual hiking, walking or backpacking.

Travelling with your Walking Poles?

Full length walking poles may pose a problem when travelling, particularly using public transport such as trains and airplanes. Compact, ultra light trekking poles that telescope or fold offer the best solution for travel. Some hiking poles can fold to as small as 14 inches for travel while still offering up to 54 inches when extended. 3K carbon fiber trekking poles with accessories like a carrying bag will always make travel easier.

When travelling on airplanes, you need to check with the airline or the security administration on trekking poles, but most won’t allow poles to be taken into the cabin as they are. Folding poles that will fit in a checked bag or suitcase will always offer the easiest option here.

Why do Trekking Poles have a Strap?

The straps make a useful addition to the poles, which allow you to walk with a looser grip and a more relaxed style. When properly adjusted, the straps offer additional support and will transfer loads to your hiking pole more efficiently.

To make best use of the straps place your hand up through the strap so one side rests in your palm and the other side across the back of your hand. Then adjust the strap for comfort. Too loose and it will not carry any load, too tight and it will cause loss of circulation in your hand.

When you apply downward pressure to propel yourself forwards, it is transferred not from your tight grip on the pole handle but from the tension applied between the hand and strap. As you hike, your poles become an extension to the flow of your wrist, arms and whole body movement.

I have decided I want trekking poles, which are best for me?

Pick Your Trekking Poles

Both POG trekking poles are built with same material and include same accessories.
What is the Correct Trekking Pole Length For You?

Hiking/Trekking Pole Length Guide

The best trekking pole length for you is based on your height. A good starting point is to adjust your poles so your elbows are at a 90-degree bend when you hold the poles with tips on the ground near your feet. All of POG’s trekking poles are adjustable, so you get a great fit every time in all kinds of terrain. These guidelines will help find the right length poles for you:

HeightSuggested Pole Length
< 5 ft. – Below 100cm (39 in.)
5 ft. 1 in. – 5 ft. 7 in.110cm (43 in.)
5 ft. 8 in. – 5 ft. 11 in.120cm (47 in.)
6 ft. – 6 ft. 4 in.130cm (51 in.)
6 ft. 5 in – up135cm (54 in.)

POG Tri-Fold 3K Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles adjust from 115cm to 135cm (45in to 53in) and POG Telescoping 3K Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles adjust from 61cm to 136cm (24in to 53.5in).

Here are three easy steps for getting the right length for your POG 3K Carbon Fiber Hiking Poles:

  1. Loosen all the locking mechanisms and completely extend the pole (careful not to go beyond the STOP markings!).
  2. Compress the pole until your elbow is at an approximate 90-degree angle.
  3. Close the locking mechanisms securely. Press on the pole a few times to make sure the locks are fully engaged before starting your hike.

You may want to experiment with increasing the pole length slightly when hiking downhill and decreasing it slightly for hiking uphill. And remember, the EVA foam handles on all POG 3K Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles make it easy to adjust length on the go on short steep sections of terrain.

How to Choose the Best Trekking Pole

Trekking Poles Buyer’s Guide

To find the best trekking poles, there are a number of things to consider. Here are a few pointers on the technical aspects of hiking poles/sticks selection.
Trekking Pole Guide

THE BENEFITS OF TREKKING POLES

Hiking with Trekking Poles (Nordic Walking) is a great whole body workout.

Helps Smooth Out Hills

Uphill hiking calls for extra exertion. By spreading some of the work through your upper body, you can increase your endurance and reduce fatigue. Hiking poles will allow you to walk farther, faster, with less stress on your knees and hips.

Trekking Poles Reduce Shock

Trekking poles spread shock that causes joint stress through your body rather than focusing it on the ankles, knees and hips. Hiking poles will allow you to hike with less stress, pain and inflammation once you develop good mechanics using them.

Extra points of contact for stream and river crossings

Trekking poles make stream and rever crossings much safer (or at least dryer) by affording you additional points of contact to stabilize yourself.

Reducing Natures Obstacles

Though not many venture out to hike cross country on their own without marked trails to follow.

More Consistent Pace

When Nordic Walking (walking with trekking poles), your whole body is in sync with the motion of moving up the trail. This synchronized motion helps you develop and maintain an efficient gait that will help you develop the ability to move farther and faster.

Trekking Poles Offer Balance and Stability on Tough Terrain

Uneven and challenging terrain make falls a danger, and when you are far from medical help, the extra degree of safety that trekking poles offer is indispensable. Steep uphilss and downhills can present real challenges and can be dangerous. You can remove a great degree of risk in these situations by having poles to stabilize yourself on treacherous terrain.

Testing loose rock before you put weight on it

Putting your hiking pole on rocks and giving it a shove to test before trusting it with your body weight.

Detecting and Fending off animals like snakes or small rodents

Check bushes for unpredictable risk from snakes or animals.

Health Benefits of Walking Sticks
Walking with Trekking Poles, like any new exercise, causes your body to build new neural pathways. Studies have shown that continual development of new neural pathways improves balance and decreases the likelihood of falls.
A study indicated that, Nordic Walking (walking with trekking poles) significantly increased the amount of oxygen the participants used and the number of calories they burned. One burns approximately 200 calories per half an hour walking without poles, but by adding poles to your workout, you will increase the rate you burn calories. If losing weight is one of your goals, Nordic Walking may help you reach your goals more quickly.
Nordic Walking with trekking poles will strengthen your core abdominal muscles, which are the muscles you use to lift, bend over and support yourself as you walk. When you use walking poles, you engage your abdominal muscles every time you lift and plant the poles in front of you and as you bring the poles back to front. The weight transfer from your legs to the poles engages your entire upper body, including abdominal muscles, strengthening and conditioning them. As you introduce more hiking into your exercise regimen with hiking poles, you may see toning and definition in you abs.
They call walking with Trekking Poles Nordic Walking for good reason. The motion used is very similar to cross country or Nordic skiing. This motion involves the whole body and engages the legs, back, abdomen, shoulders and arms. The benefits of an exercise regimen including Nordic walking can lead to a lifetime of health benefits.
By using a trekking pole you improve your posture while walking or hiking. To use trekking poles effectively, you must walk upright. The improvement in posture leads to a healthier back and improved breathing as upright posture opens one’s chest making deep breathing easier.
Start Right: Selecting the Right Pole

Step 1: Types of Trekking Poles

What should you look for when buying a pair of poles? Here are a few pointers on the technical aspects of pole selection.

There are many different types of trekking poles and hiking sticks? Here is some background on them that will make your hiking pole selection easier.

Trekking poles, hiking poles, walking sticks, hiking staffs and Nordic poles are just a few of the names one will see referring to poles one uses when hiking or walking. Some of these terms refer to distinct types of poles, and some are just different names for the same thing. We will spend a few moments discussing them and this should give you a clearer idea of what is available, and what may best meet your needs. You need to have a clear idea of how you will use your poles and where you like to go and what activities you like to engage in. Here are the basic questions that one should ask:

  • What types of terrain do I hike on?
  • What weather conditions do I spend most of my time in (snow, rain, muddy or dry)?
  • What is my budget?
  • What distances do I routinely travel?

Standard hiking poles are just that, basic reliable, enough to get the job done, but no more. They typically are aluminum, fixed length, with a plastic handle and a non-adjustable wrist strap. They are inexpensive, with few features and are good for the occasional short walk on even, easy terrain. Typically these are purchased by entry level hikers with a budget constraint.

Adjustable trekking poles allow you to adjust the length of the pole to meet your needs. You can also adjust them to better suit the terrain you are moving on. Adjustable hiking poles allow you to shorten them for uphill use and lengthen them for downhill use. Adjustable poles also allow people of different heights to use the poles, so one set of poles can be used at different times by different users.

Compact trekking poles allow for easier transport and use. Compact poles are usually either folding (also called z-poles) or telescoping. They allow the ultimate in adjustability and are easy to transport and store. Though the locking and folding mechanisms come with a small weight penalty, most feel the increased utility far outweighs the increase in weight.

Ultralight trekking poles are usually made from exotic and often more expensive materials. The best lightweight poles give up nothing in strength and durability by using titanium or carbon fiber. Some of these poles even use exotic 3K carbon fiber for the ultimate in strength and durability. Carbon poles are seen as a necessity for long distance hikers and ultra-light backpackers concerned with every gram of weight. Often these poles will weigh less than a pound for the pair and can seriously reduce fatigue in long distance hiking.

Shock-absorbing properties add to the price and weight of hiking poles. Many different designs are used, but these poles all use some type of a device that dampens shock. Some use springs while others use air. These types of hiking poles are often recommended to individuals with a history of joint problems. These types of poles are rarely used by long distance hikers due their increased weight and complexity.

The hiking staff, also known as a walking staff or stick, is a single pole. While hiking poles are used in pairs, staffs are not. Staffs are usually longer and heavier than poles and are most effective when used on relatively flat terrain and with little or no load on your back. Some hiking staffs are adjustable and may incorporate a shock absorbing device. Staffs are generally used on casual walks and short hikes.

Start Right: Selecting the Right Pole

Step 2: Choose a Pole Length

Most poles on the market are adjustable. Many can adjust so that you have the right fit for the right terrain and your style of Nordic Walking. Folding poles tend to have a narrower adjustment range than telescoping poles. Typically folding poles adjust from 45 to 53 inches while telescoping poles adjust from 24 to 53 inches. These types of poles will accommodate anyone from 4’11” to 6’4”. If you are over 6’4”, then you should very carefully look into the length of the poles you are purchasing.

Pole Adjustment Mechanism

Step 3: Choose Pole Shaft Material

Aluminum, titanium and carbon fiber are the most popular materials for hiking pole construction today. Carbon is lighter, stiffer and stronger, and typically more expensive than aluminum. Titanium is used rarely, but you can find it. In terms of durability, all are a good choice. Titanium is the best at taking abuse, so if you use your poles to whack brush, then titanium may be for you. If weight is your primary concern, then carbon is the way to go. Always look for Toray or 3K carbon fiber poles. This is typically stronger than other types of carbon while being no more expensive. Carbon also has excellent flexing and shock absorbing properties. Comparatively, aluminum is slightly less expensive, heavier but is able to take a dent or two and keep going. They also can be repaired.

3K carbon fiber trekking poles are generally considered the best with a great amount of strength and low weight. They are usually the most expensive, and a good pair may last you the rest of your life. Aluminum is the least expensive, but also not as strong as carbon and is usually close to a pound per pair heavier than carbon. A good lightweight set of 3K carbon fiber poles will weigh about a pound while aluminum sets weigh in at about 28 to 30 ounces.

Lastly, titanium poles are rare and usually fairly expensive. They do offer the lightness and strength of carbon fiber with the ability to take abuse like aluminum poles. There are very few on the market due to the expense of the metal, but may offer the best weight strength and durability compromise.

Selecting the best trekking pole

Step 4: Choose your Grip Material

There are a number of types of grips for hiking poles. Some higher quality poles have two types of grips on the same pole for use depending on conditions. You will usually find that the lower the performance of the material, the lower the cost of the hiking pole.

Cork is considered the best hiking pole grip material, and as such is a little more expensive. Many consider cork superior due to its “feel”, texture, durability and look. Cork tends to maintain its properties even in hot, sweaty weather compared to other materials.

Polyethylene is quite durable and less expensive than cork, though tends to be less comfortable. Often it becomes slippery when wet with sweat. It also tends to chafe, easily causing blisters with prolonged use.

Synthetic rubber provides a good gripping surface, and is better suited for cold weather. Compared to other materials, rubber may cause hands to sweat more in hot weather. The sweat on the handle can cause slipping and chafing of the hands. Ideally this pole would only be used with gloves.

EVA foam offers the most softness and cushioning, but may also cause hands to sweat more in hotter weather. Many poles offer EVA foam as a second handle. This extended grip zone offers more versatility, allowing you to quickly lower your grip without having to stop and shorten the pole length.

EVA foam as a primary handle wears quickly and is not as durable as other handles.

Grips Ergonomics and Material

Step 5: Selecting Type of Wrist Straps

Wrist straps are often underrated in importance when buying a trekking pole. Wrist straps offer the benefit of supporting the hand on the pole, allowing for a looser and less fatiguing grip on the pole. A well designed and properly used wrist strap will offer the user an easier and less stressing walk. There are fixed and adjustable and padded and unpadded wrist straps on trekking poles. For obvious reasons, padded and adjustable handles perform the best. An adjustable strap allows you to fit the strap to your hand, making the weight transfer more effective. A padded strap offers more comfort, with less possibility of chafing and blistering of the palm and back of the hand.

Pole Adjustment

Step 6: Snow and Mud Baskets and Protective Tips

The most common accessories for trekking poles are rubber tips to protect the steel tips of the poles on hard terrain and “baskets” for helping the pole not sink on soft surfaces. Most trekking poles come with small removable rubber tips. Some poles also come with two sizes of “baskets” as well. Small, non-perforated baskets are generally used in mud and sand and spread the weight on the pole across a larger surface area to prevent it from sinking. Larger, perforated baskets (they often look like a snowflake) are designed for snow, and are very effective at preventing the pole from sinking. Poles come standard with steel tips. The best poles have carbide tips which are harder and more durable than steel and are best for use on hard soil and ice.