Best trekking poles according to redditors

We found 207 Reddit comments discussing the best trekking poles. We ranked the 54 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Trekking Poles:

u/psychedelicgulch · 16 pointsr/AppalachianTrail

Packs- Your pack is usually recommended to be one of the last things you pick up. That being said the Osprey Exos is a great pack and one of the staple packs you'll see. Wait until you get all of your gear and then go to REI or another outfitter and see how big of one you think you'll need.

Sleeping Bags- It generally won't get too cold so you can get away with a 30 or 40 degree bag. Right at the start of your trip it may be a little brisk so just have an extra fleece on hand. A lot of people like the Enlightened Equipment Revelation quilts. They're great and lightweight, but expensive and some side sleepers don't like them.

Tents- There's millions of options, Big Agnes, Six Moon Designs, HMD, and tons more I can think of. The Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 is popular and lightweight, its going for $265 online right now. If that's too expensive I'd say go for the Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout for $125.

Trekking Poles- These aren't super important unless your tent requires them. Best ones I've seen for a decent price:

Cooking- You can go the alcohol stove route, I don't like it because you'll end up carrying more weight in alcohol than with a regular stove. The BRS 3000t is probably the lightest and cheapest stove you can find. For pots just a simple titanium pot will work.

Good luck on your hike!

u/jeffAA · 14 pointsr/CampingGear

My local Costco has these poles for $30 right now, and they are also inexpensive on [Amazon](Cascade Mountain Tech Aluminum Quick Lock Trekking Poles - Collapsible Walking or Hiking Stick

u/minusfive · 9 pointsr/Ultralight

At that point you're probably paying the same or only saving a couple of bucks from a direct Amazon order, so probably not worth it.

u/CheesyEddie · 8 pointsr/backpacking

If you're looking for a low cost trekking pole, I've always heard good things about the Cascade ones here:

Looks like they're lighter and less expensive than the ones on monoprice. You can sometimes find them at Costco for even cheaper too.

u/plateofhotchips · 7 pointsr/Ultralight

Trekking poles are the one area where Amazon beats Aliexpress:


CMT Carbon Quick Lock Trekking Poles = $36.84 USD

CMT Aluminium Quick Lock Trekking Poles = $16.76 USD

EDIT: looks like game over on these cheaper prices, back to ~$39 and ~$23 respectively

u/FeedMeCletus · 7 pointsr/CampingandHiking

I find the flick locks to be easier to use.

I bought these a while ago, and really like them for the price. Andrew Skurka recommends them as his value pick, if that matters to you

u/ThunderousApache · 6 pointsr/Ultralight

I assume you and /u/fire_0 mean this one? Because it's $45 right now, and Camelcamelcamel tells me it's only been $40.47 at its lowest.

There's another one that was $30 but it's a twist-lock model.

This is on the .com version, the Canadian version is just....ridiculous.

u/Graybealz · 6 pointsr/CampingGear

I'm loving these poles so far. Great price for the quality.
Kelty Cosmic Down is a great down bag that comes in lots of flavors. Not sure how cold it gets at night in Australia. A down quilt would be a good option if it's warm at night. This is a good down throw a lot of people use as a summer quilt.
Here's a great stove option that's a good price for the quality

As for tents and sleeping pads, that depends on how you sleep and if you're looking for a 1 or 2 person tent. The weather also is a factor for sleeping pads.

u/reddilada · 6 pointsr/CampingandHiking

I've had this set of Black Diamond poles going on five years now with very frequent use. No issues yet. Just pick up what is in your price range. I think the only consensus is the flip locks are preferred over twist locks. The padding on the handle for some of the cheaper ones (and likely expensive as well) can also come off so give that a look too.

u/enragedSTD · 5 pointsr/WildernessBackpacking
  1. Not really a necessity, but I use them whenever I hike with a pack. In the Sierras (where I've done most of my hiking) sometimes the steps on the trail go higher than any normal person's legs do, so being able to use your arms to help out is a big plus. Nobody has mentioned this here yet, but they also help to prevent sausage fingers from all the blood pooling down there :)
  2. I use these. They work fine. I've never used more expensive poles so I can't compare.
  3. I've tried going with only 1 and it just feels unbalanced. Also, I never know what to do with my other hand otherwise.
u/Anonymous3891 · 5 pointsr/CampingGear

You're kind of where I was a couple years ago. After my research I decided to go cheap and get these poles, realizing that I would probably want a much nicer set later on, and if I bought ~$75 poles I would just regret it more. They're a great value at the price and I have no serious complaints given that. But I do now want something lighter with a better adjustment and collapsing system, so a good set of lighter z-fold poles is on my list. I plan to keep these around and use them as loaners for the poor saps I drag along with me.

u/cwcoleman · 5 pointsr/CampingGear

$30 is generally the cheapest these go for. Quality poles, no real downsides.

They are $48 on

u/alaskaj1 · 5 pointsr/CampingGear

The tent and ground tarp are way too heavy, over 11lbs combined for just those two. If it is just going to be you then a one or two man tent would be a lot better.

The first aid kit is way too much as well. There are much smaller hiker kits out there.

You don't need three kinds of lights, most people get by with just a headlamp, maybe one other small lightweight light if you want a second light.

A lot of the stuff in the cookware kit is unnecessary but could just be left.

Do you already have a stove or how are you planning on cooking?

The water purifier looks like a chinese knockoff of the Sawyer mini, which is about the same price.

The sleeping pad might not be enough, I think you want one that is a minimum 3.5 r value if you are expecting snow.

You mentioned having a 3 season bag, if it isnt at at least 15-20 degrees below than your expected temps then you will probably be very cold.

Edit: these cascade mountain poles are generally better reviewed and are about the same price, they are also sold in stores at Sam's Club or Costco (cant remember which).

Edit 2: Fixed the first link, it didnt work. These poles are the ones I actually have and they have held up well.

u/admckillip · 5 pointsr/Ultralight

I was reluctant to try trekking poles because I thought I didn't need them and I had been hiking for years. To try out poles I snagged some Cascade Mountain Tech and I now really like them. Life savers for elevation and spiderwebs, haha.

For a cheap, but decent pair to try you could grab [these] ( ($20) and see if you like them. Cascade Mountaion Tech are generally considered the best cheap trekking poles, and you can upgrade if you do? I went middle of the road on those up above, and they're good enough to not upgrade, but saving 5-7 oz on mine with better poles would have been nice weight savings on something you pick up and put down constantly (way more than 5-7 oz in your pack). SO, my thought is, if you're not sure. By super cheap, and if you like trekking poles, buy nice and light YMMV.

I had the HV UL2 and ended up returning it. It was pretty darn nice, but I wanted something that was lighter, felt a bit more durable, and more flexible in terms of options for pitching so I grabbed the [Tarptent Saddle] ( When I'm using the inner, on the saddle I feel ZERO need for a footprint, but I did with the Copper Spur, though you could always just repair... I also like that if there are no bugs I can pitch just the Saddle Outer Tarp with a ground sheet and total weight would be about 20 Oz. Either tent are pretty good options though.

EDIT: Added context.

u/c_299792458_ · 5 pointsr/snowshoeing

I bought these a year ago for snowshoeing and hiking. They’ve been solid and reliable so far.

Cascade Mountain Tech Aluminum Adjustable Trekking Poles - Lightweight Quick Lock Walking Or Hiking Stick - 1 Set (2 Poles), EVA Grip

u/FroggattEdge · 5 pointsr/Ultralight

I got the highly recommended Cascade Mountain Tech poles from Amazon here

u/packtips · 4 pointsr/CampingGear

Try to get a pair with flip locks, instead of twist locks. Twist is the old tech, doesn't work well, and you'll wish you had flip if you put them side by side.

These cost more than the ones you link to, but are worth the price (still reasonable considering.) Have cork grips (better in sweaty hands), carbon fiber (lighter in weight but stronger than aluminum), flip locks (way easier to adjust and more trustworthy).

u/markevens · 4 pointsr/hiking

Poles and a hydration pack were game changers for me. Not having to stop and fumble with anything to take a sip of water makes me hydrate more often, and the difference that poles make on your knees if you have much elevation change is amazing.

Osprey Skarab pack with water reservoir: $80

Carbon Fiber hiking poles, $20

u/DanniAnna · 4 pointsr/Ultralight

this is an opinion and we all know the phrase about the values of opinions but since you asked...

i feel like the ‘usefulnes’ of adjustable poles is more myth than matter - just like comparing the “breathability” of wind shirts or the majesty of a Melanzana hoody

Having adjustable poles has some utility if your tent requires a length that is A WHOLE LOT shorter than you need a hiking stick to be. My tarptent notch Li wants 110cm poles but at 5’10, a pole that short is a little short for comfort. A 120 is more comfortable. And still, hiking with “short” 110cm poles is in no way impeding my abilities. (thruhiked the TRT last summer with the ‘short’ poles. If i were 6’8” then yeah, 110cm poles would probably bee too short but then i wouldnt fit into the Notch tent so its a moot point again.

This whole hype over needing adjustable poles is, in my unrefined, hobbit-foot, classless tacky, redneck countrygirl, walmart-glory, opinion, is just a bunch of hooey.

FWIW, ive had the same set of 120cm carbon Z Distance poles since 2007 and just last year switched to a pair of Mountain King Trailblazers (not adjustable) that break down into 4 sections (smaller stowed package), weigh nearly an ounce less, and cost less than i paid for the Z poles back in ‘07. Hiking with the shorter poles felt strange for about 20feet then i forgot all about it and proceeded to blaze up and down the hills with no problems at all

MountainKing Trail Blaze Trekking Pole (110cm, 115grams) - SS19 - Black - Black

Black Diamond Distance Z Z-Poles, 110

Also, no matter how hard i hike; no matter how hard i sweat, i have never had blisters from my poles with foam grips (rolling my eyes) but the cork grips in my Gossamer Gear poles stinks like gym socks from the soaked in oil sweat and dirt. Cork is gross!

Again, this is just my opinion. Please dont stone me to death because you happen to disagree

u/OutdoorsFather · 3 pointsr/WildernessBackpacking

Adding my vote to take_a_hike_pal - all the same for me but started using them in my 20's after an army injury. I use them for any trip now, from day hikes to 2 weeks expeditions.

Price is less of a factor on the quality but think about what is important to you - weight/pack size/material etc.

I used to use the Black Diamond Z poles until they broke on a trip last year and now I use these.

You should, most definitely, use 2 poles and not one - using one will actually increase erosion on one set of leg joints (hip, knee, ankle) and increase long term pain. Use two poles and learn how to use them properly (cross arm with each step), nordic walking style.

By the way - they are also great for lightweight shelters, I use mine for tarp camping and cutting on pack weight.

u/Stunnagirl · 3 pointsr/CampingGear

I just bought these and they are amazing. Also only $29 at Costco.

u/bcgulfhike · 3 pointsr/Ultralight

I second the Fizans! I've had a pair since '09 and they've been everywhere with me with never a problem. They look pretty battered but they work as new!

My girlfriend has the Cascade Mountain Tech carbon poles and they are OK. Although they are not exactly heavy, they seem so after using the Fizans! They are also not as well made and I'll be surprised if they last 10 years without replacing the flick locks (Andrew Skurka has an article on his blog about this issue and how to fix it)

u/zorkmids · 3 pointsr/Ultralight

For poles I can recommend the Black Diamond Distance Z-Poles. I've heard good things about the Cascade Mountain carbon fiber poles, which are quite a bit cheaper and lighter.

Like a lot of folks here, I use an Enlightened Equipment Revelation quilt with a Thermarest NeoAir Xlite pad. Highly recommended.

Don't hesitate to mail order. REI simply does not carry some of the best ultralight gear.

u/binarysneaker · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I've tried quite a few different makes of poles, and Black Diamond are by far my favourite. I'd recommend cork handles for comfort (performs well in all weather). I've got these at the moment - Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles (Pair) - and so far, I've done over 200 miles, mostly hiking with them over rough terrain, and they're still going strong.

u/yardboz · 3 pointsr/CampingandHiking

That's what I have and what I was going to suggest. I'm not convinced that I need to spend $100 on hiking poles.

u/MotherofAllNoobs · 3 pointsr/GearTrade

These are pretty well recommended for their price if no one else offers a trade.

u/mortalwombat- · 3 pointsr/CampingGear

I’ve never used those, but I think I would hate them. The height adjustment is made with one of those stupid ball and hole adjustments that are always a bitch to use. I prefer the quick release lever type. They also don’t come with a variety of tips. Rocky terrain is much better with rubber tips, dirt is better with a hard metal point. For soft sand/like dirt I add small baskets and for snow I use big baskets.

these are the ones I use

I think they were about $25 when I bought them. The things I looked for was cork handles (personal preference, but no clear benefit over foam handles), quick release lever adjustments (the twist locks suck), semi light weight, a selection of tips, and affordable. I didn’t care to spend the money on carbon fiber or shock absorption.

u/purebishop · 3 pointsr/Ultralight

Incorrect. The twist lock version is $39.99. The quick lock version, which is what Costco has, is $44.99.

Green Graphics with Cork Handle

u/ddickson83 · 3 pointsr/CampingGear

These are pretty popular over at /r/ultralight

u/AussieEquiv · 3 pointsr/AppalachianTrail

Follow the advice in this post over on /r/ultralight and post here (or there) and it will make it a lot easier for people to offer help/suggestions.

Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Fibre Flick Lock Poles are light, cheap and pretty durable for their price point. Note: Rubber handle is cheaper than cork handle. Make sure you get flick lock, not twist lock.

JetBoil (+Accessories) is heavy compared to other gas stoves. Alcohol stoves are lighter again, but definitely more work and require more patience. Going no-cook (not something I would do) can be lighter again...

Tents are traditionally lighter than hammocks, some people prefer sleeping in hammocks...

Good / Light / Cheap. Pick 2 when Sleeping Bags are concerned. Quilts are lighter (but aren't suitable for everyone, I don't like them.) Feathered Friends, Enlightened Equipment get a bit of love, but there are others out there. Need to know what temperature range you're camping in. No point suggesting a 50° bag if you'll be pitching in 10° weather all the time.

u/mdzealot · 3 pointsr/Ultralight if you're in Canada.

Or, check Costco for them. They're cheap, light, durable enough. If you really like poles, look to upgrade in the future. But give those a go first imo

u/IntheMiddlingWest · 3 pointsr/snowshoeing

I bought these 3 years ago and use them summer and winter. They're amazing.

Black Diamond 793661307143 Alpine Trekking Poles, One Size, Carbon Cork

If you want to spend some money, these are awesome too:

MSR Snowshoe Bag, Tote Bag for Carrying, Packing and Storing Snowshoes, Fits Snowshoes Up to 25 Inches

u/meg_c · 3 pointsr/Ultralight

Andrew Skurka officially recommends the Cascade Mountain Tech Quick Lock Poles. He puts in a lot of miles, so they're pretty durable.

I've had a set of the foam-handled ones for a few years now. I'm pretty sure I've put more than 400 miles on them and they're still going strong so you can add my recommendation too :) Hard to beat for $36 on Amazon :)

u/0ptyc · 3 pointsr/Ultralight

A cat food can cooker, also known as an alcohol stove, is certainly a viable option. However, it is a bit more of a hassle than other stoves, which is why I would suggest purchasing a canister stove, like the MSR PocketRocket (there is also a knockoff on Amazon that is like $5 and works just as well, I own it).

Shelter wise, it really depends on if you carry trekking poles or not (which I highly suggest you do - I have [These] ( and they are awesome as well as a great price).

I highly recommend looking at a TarpTent. They are extremely lightweight and not very expensive for the quality you are getting. Note that many of the tents require the use of a trekking pole or two to set up, but a very popular tent, the 2P Double Rainbow, does not.

Sleeping system - I suggest doing some research on backpacking quilts (check out and decide if that is something you would like. If not, and depending on your budget, you could splurge for an extremely nice Western Mountaineering sleeping bag, or take a look at the much cheaper but still nice Kelty Cosmic Down 20 degree. Lots of options here.

Take a look at the Osprey Exos pack. Very lightweight with a great suspension system and nice pocket design. You shouldn't need anything larger than 60 liters or so for a thruhike.

In general, take a look at the various subreddits here (/r/campingandhiking /r/wildernessbackpacking /r/campinggear) as well as BackpackingLight is a huge help with everything gear related. Register an account there and read some forum posts and don't be afraid to ask questions. Do be aware that many of the people there are extremely ultralight and may push you towards gear that you may not be comfortable with. Just let them know your skill and experience level and they will help you out, bunch of good people over there.

Look at people's gear lists that they post and don't be afraid to ask questions. Good luck!

u/thisisGLADOS · 3 pointsr/CampingGear

you can still get those on amazon for $43 I have them and they are pretty nice

u/akcom · 3 pointsr/hammockcamping

these or these. /thread

$40 dollars. Way less than the black diamond and comparable quality. See andrew skurka's comparison.

thanks to /r/ultralight :)

u/echoawesome · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

These are the costco ones, a bit cheaper and well regarded.

u/KenBalbari · 2 pointsr/CampingandHiking

For shelter, you really have a choice, tent, tarp and hammock, or tarp and net tent. If you want to hang around camp, you might want a bigger tent. If you plan to do hiking, many people only use the shelter to sleep in, and go with something small and lightweight, like a small solo tent, or even bivy.

I would point you towards some lightweight hiking gear here. That gives you the option to hike off to primative sites, carrying your shelter and supplies on your back. You don't necessarily need to go to the ultralight extremes that serious distance hikers go though.

You could start with a tent like this or this. If you wanted to get more serious into distance hiking, you would maybe spend more on something even lighter in weight (like maybe 2 lbs).

In Florida, I like the combination of a bug bivy (like this ) and a good tarp (like this). Though you would need poles as well. Hikers tend to use their trekking poles (like these). You would also need paracord (550 cord works well) to pitch a tarp.

For a stove, I mean something like this. Those are inexpensive and work fine.

For clothes, you can probably use mostly things you already own. Avoid cotton and linen. Synthetics like nylon and polyester will dry much more easily and do a better job in the heat and humidity in FL. And if you are going to go out there now, in hunting season, make sure you have some things that are bright orange. The hunters can be more dangerous than the bears.

As for bears, you don't really need any special container. Just learn to hang a stuff sack with any food or toiletries which have any scent. Using an odor barrier bag as a liner isn't a bad idea though. They'll generally leave you alone unless they smell what they think is food (and their sense of smell is very strong).

For shoes, again existing walking shoes are probably fine for now. Especially if you stick to sites off existing hiking trails to start.

For now, I'd start with a less primative site in a campground in someplace like Ocala. You can explore from there (there are sites near to trails), and have an idea next time you go out where you might want to try more primative camping. For now, focus on developing skills like how to use a compass, how to pitch a tent or tart, learning usefull knots for pitching tarps or hangning bear bags, etc.

It probably is a good idea to have a sleeping pad right off. A RidgeRest Classic might do the job for about $20. You can spend more on an inflatable pad if you think you will be more comfortable.

u/Hipster_Redditor · 2 pointsr/GearTrade

You might take a look at these. No camera stud, but they're lightweight carbon fiber, adjustable, and cheap. They used to be carried at Costco but now I can only find them on amazon and the manufacturers website.

u/HobbesWorld · 2 pointsr/Ultralight

They're in store only and you need membership - but I think these are the poles:

Same deal with the socks:

u/peeholestinger · 2 pointsr/Ultralight

I bought some of these for my first set of poles. Andrew Skurka has a pretty good write up and for $45 I figured it would be worth giving them a shot. So far they have been great. Right at about 16oz for the pair.

u/_OldBay · 2 pointsr/WildernessBackpacking

I'm going to post a link to my gear that I have. Everything in the picture is about $800 total

Definitely shop around for sales. The Gregory backpack in my post, I was able to find it for $130 online and then they had a first time 20% discount that I applied, ended up getting it for $106 after S&H. That was with

You definitely don't need to spend a lot on a water filter system. Most people here and in r/ultralight will swear by the Sawyer Squeeze. It's about $30, not really going to find it cheaper elsewhere unfortunately, trust me I tried. Tablets would probably work just fine to be honest, especially in the Smokey's. I did an Outward Bound 14 day backpacking trip in Pisgah which is next door to it and we only used iodine.

My sleeping bag in my post, normal MSRP was $340. I got it for $170 at an REI garage sale in Dacemeber. Saved a lot of money there.

For a sleeping pad, really depends on if you're a side sleeper or not. If you sleep on your side, you do not want to get a closed cell foam pad, which is that one's you mentioned earlier about people using them down to their butts. Personally I have the REI Flash insulated and it's comfortable and not too expensive. Another popular pad here and on r/ultralight is the Klymit Static-V insulated which is about $90.

For trekking poles, personally I would absolutely invest in a pair. Especially in the Smokey's, the terrain isn't always forgiving when you're carrying a larger backpack and they'll help with any stream crossings. The one's I have are these. Very cheap, but very durable. Definitely no need to buy $100+ poles.

Definitely keep shopping around though if you find something you like.

u/rwk219 · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

I have had great results with Cascade Mountain Tech and they are relatively cheap compared to the more expensive name brands. They collapse and when extended have never had an issue with any parts slipping.


u/spo_dermen · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

Thank you so much for the detailed answer! The link is not working though. I am assuming you mean these ones? Edit: Saw it.

I didn't pay attention to the weight of the tent. I figured if I was gonna get one, might as well get a bigger one but you're right. I don't think I'll ever need a 2+ person tent, perhaps this one. Also, just checked my sleeping bag and it's rated for 40F which is no good. Think I'm going with this one. I dropped the lanterns and the torches as you suggested. A headlamp and my phone should be enough.

I didn't put in a stove just to be on the safe side since I'm going through an airport. I added this cooking set with one stove, and I'll just get the fuel from a nearby Walmart once I'm there. I'm lost when it comes to the sleeping pad. Suggestions?

u/younevermo41 · 2 pointsr/Ultralight

probably the same exact product with different branding and they get great reviews

u/kylorhall · 2 pointsr/Ultralight

They may not be at Costco though, they really come and go. This is my recommendation as well, but I had to buy mine off Amazon (link). They did well when weighed ~250lbs and a far heavier pack than I have now; they lock really well and did great with a lot of elevation. Saved my butt on one trip and I definitely used them thoroughly.

u/ErrorX · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Shoes will probably be the most important and noticeable thing you can buy! I'm a huge fan of Merrell Moab Ventilators.

Also, I like to use trekking poles.

I love my buff for keeping bugs and sweat off my face and head!

u/KittenAnne · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

If you are going to increase your hiking - Walking sticks are a great thing to reduce stress and wear and tear on your body.

u/8bitesq · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

You should get a good hiking backpack and walking sticks. You never know the benefits of a good set of walking sticks until you've actually gone on some uneven terrain with them. They are the best. I recommend these ones. I got a pair from the last RAOA bomb. They are great and super affordable. And you can buy various different feet for them, too.

As for a backpack, I recommend a light Deuter daypack. These bags are amazing and come in so many awesome colors unlike American brands. Are they pricey? God yes. Well, some of them are. But they are so worth it. This one is just $79 and it's amazing.

u/NotSoUltralight · 2 pointsr/Ultralight

Cascade Tech Carbon Trekking Poles

Check these out. Have em and love em. Great budget option. Recently switched out the tips for some BD tips and couldn’t be happier!

u/raichud2 · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

Yeah I'm thinking I might start with a pair of the cheapest trekking poles I can find to see if I like using them. From what I've read, I'm not sure I'll actually get much benefit out of using them since I row (leg sport) and I have good knees. There's a Chinese brand that has $40 carbon poles on Amazon that actually look like decent quality. Apparently they can sometimes be found cheaper at Costco.

I also saw the Big Agnes Fishhook UL 2 on steepandcheap for $184. It's heavier (58 oz. vs. 41 oz.) and bulkier, and I'm trying to decide if that is worth $100.

I checked out the HG Burrow 40 with overfill, and it configures a bit lighter than the EE Rev 30 w/ treated down (and is basically the same price). So HG is the clear winner for a treated down bag, but EE has a cheaper untreated option. Basically the question becomes "Do I want to spend $20 more for treated down?".

u/CobaltyDan · 2 pointsr/myog

Why not just get a set of Cascade Mountain Tech poles and have a decent set of inexpensive poles?

u/reyomnwahs · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

I bought these for $22 a little while ago, and they're doing fine thus far. The main difference in the cheaper poles is going to be the way they lock. These lock up fine when you turn them after adjusting, but they do slip if you don't turn them tight. Not a big enough deal to me to pay 5x more, but seems to annoy some people.

u/TheXenocid3 · 2 pointsr/AppalachianTrail

Sounds good! I found a set of poles on Amazon that are very well reviewed, and also very affordable ( May give those a try and keep for future use, or may just do the 4 days without poles.

Pack is the biggest thing I'm worried about, but will try packing my current gear and see how it fits and all. Thanks!

u/franks28 · 1 pointr/WildernessBackpacking

My personal recommendation, especially if you are in only OKAY shape, take them (two of them) even if you were going with 0 pounds of gear. They are worth it on your knees alone, and can help your pace. You dont have to spend much. But if i had to recommend one set it would be these.

u/pm_me_yur_life_story · 1 pointr/AppalachianTrail

For the most part no. People often reccoment <this> and <this> as cheap, easy, and lightweight options. You can buy these at costco sometimes too. I think costco sells them for $20. also here's a review for them

u/themadscribe · 1 pointr/Ultralight

Walmart sells individual poles.
Here's an aluminum, quick-lock, but foam handles

You can also pick up a pair of the Cascade Mountain Tech Poles (aluminum/quick-lock/cork handle) on Amazon.

u/CompanyofHouseElves · 1 pointr/CampingGear

Thank you very much for your contribution!

I don't think I will need water filtration system, as for kitchen system I will have to improvise something on a case to case basis, because I'm not prepared to spend a lot of money on that. I have some basic stuff already, and I will pay attention to what I buy in the grocery stores.

Trekking poles: after doing a quick search (in this subred as well), these (Kelty Upslope 2.0 Trekking Poles) seem to be on the affordable side, so I may go with these. I'm not sure I will need them, but you never know... I will also have a cheaper compass, that I have used before, and some traditional maps.

Basewear and down jacket: has reviewed some stuff that costs from $50 to $170. I will have to do some more research... Not sure I will need the the down jacket, but I want to have basewear... one newer knows.

u/bikeatefoucault · 1 pointr/Ultralight

Investing in a nicer down bag, or even a more budget-friendly one like an Aegismax, will also allow you to ditch the compression sack for even more weight savings, as down can compress more easily than synthetic.

It seems like budget is a concern, but it's really worth it in many cases to spend a little bit more one time, rather than having to spend money twice on gear you're going to want to replace (while I totally understand that whatever gets you out there, works).

Take a look at these trekking poles. They're the budget-friendly crowd favorite. Spring for the cork handles if you can. The anti-shock of the pole you listed is a fairly useless feature in practice that adds weight.

And yes, all the dry bags cost money, and add weight. Trash compactor bags are inexpensive, lightweight, and do the trick. I also like to use them to pack out other peoples trash on the last day.

Here is a much lighter, relatively affordable bug net option.

u/sweerek1 · 1 pointr/Ultralight

I’m quite fond of the $18 and $40 HETTO poles on Amazon. I have both plus a few different Black Diamond poles.

Hetto 1 Pair Carbon Fiber Hiking...

u/feed_me_ramen · 1 pointr/CampingGear

Get some poles. You won’t even realize how much they can help until you try them out. The ones I linked are aluminum and do the job just fine, but the carbon fiber aren’t much more.

Also get shoes that fit and good socks. I prefer darn tough myself. Lots of cushion.

u/OrganicRolledOats · 1 pointr/ULgeartrade

Not sure if this is allowed on this sub but the Fizan Compact Trekking poles (~6oz each) are on massdrop right now for $59.99. They're worth checking out. I just purchased a pair a few weeks ago.

A cheaper and slightly heavier option are the Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Cork (~8oz each) at $39.99

u/BecauseSometimesY · 1 pointr/WildernessBackpacking

These Cascade Tech carbon fiber poles are pretty great, lightweight at 1lb for the set, and recommended at their pretty low price. Currently $43 on Amazon; however, Costco frequently has them for $30.

Also, I highly recommend this Tillak UL camp chair. It’s more durable than cheaper options on Amazon, and slightly lighter, at about 1.5lbs. Even better is the Helnox Chair Zero, but it’s a little pricier. I have both. The Tillak is a little more comfortable, the Helinox packs smaller and lighter.

u/a_very_stupid_guy · 1 pointr/camping

you could try these as a test-run.

The way I see it is: 4WD. They're useless imo on flat terrain but if you plan to do like parts of the AT or something similar, I'd imagine for most (since I think so) they'd be a god-send

u/patrickeg · 1 pointr/WildernessBackpacking

I'll remember that for next time. I've already packed it all away, but I might drag it out and take some pics. My foot is pretty banged up so it'll be a minute. But Ill give you a short list :)

Pack: Osprey Exos 58

Sleeping Bag: Teton Sports Tracker

Tent: ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1

Tarp: Ultimate Survival Hex tarp

Mess kit: Mess kit and Mug

Water Filtration: Sawyer Mini

Tools/Defense: Note: Normally I would only take one knife, but I wasn't sure which I would prefer as they're two quite different blades. Ka-Bar Becker BK2, Condor Bushlore, and Bear Spray

Stove: MSR PocketRocket

First Aid: I had the Adventure Medical Kits Day Tripper, and then added to that with Celox and an Israeli Bandage

Trekking Poles: Cascade Mountain Tech CF with Cork Grips

In addition I had a few little things in a small kit; Ferro rod, duct tape, trail blazes, chemical water purifiers in case my Sawyer failed, bug spray, a small thing of sunscreen (which I didn't end up needing as it was overcast), deodorant, TP, etc.

u/format120 · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

Looks like 70$ on Amazon. Are they still the most budget friendly at that price?

u/Ineedanaccounttovote · 1 pointr/ULgeartrade

I also need a single pole, but that also means I can sell you my remaining one. Does this one work? Obviously just one, not a pair.

u/TroyMclure90 · 1 pointr/Ultralight

Cascade Mountain Tech Aluminum Adjustable Trekking Poles 2 Pack - Lightweight Quick Lock Walking or Hiking Stick - 1 Pair

u/GoThruIt · 1 pointr/Ultralight

Slightly above budget but on sale right now - Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork

u/B3NLADI4 · 1 pointr/CampingGear

These are a pair of poles I picked up as my first pair. They are generally recommended for beginners. You should pick up a pair, they are great.

u/SuicidalCheezIt · 1 pointr/Ultralight

The same trekking poles are sold on Amazon for $45 if you can't find any in stores.

u/Bel5nickel · 1 pointr/Ultralight

Cascade Mountain Tech Aluminum Quick Lock Trekking Poles - Collapsible Walking or Hiking Stick

u/carissalf · 1 pointr/Wishlist

I feel my need might be a little greedy, so feel free to ignore. I need these hiking poles, because hiking has helped me get into better shape. However, I still have a long way to go. The poles help propel you forward - allowing you to move at a faster rate, they reduce impact on your body - specifically my knees, they increase traction, alleviate the weight I'm carrying and even help me fend off bears (I do have bear mace now though).

A want would be these treats for my dogs. I use them as tiny rewards when training them and also in their toys/games. It keeps their mind and body's active.

Thanks for the contest, Marc. Third Matt.

Here's a gif that makes me laugh! But, I'm weird.

u/ACE_1991 · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

If you want to buy your own, Amazon has a pair that people seem to like for only $22. I haven't yet tested them, but even if they only last a few months, who cares at that price! Link:

u/maxillo · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

When I started backpacking it was in Boy Scouts 35 or so years ago- we carried everything. I am 35 years older now so I figure if I carry less I will have more fun.

Butterfly bandage and ace bandage are good ideas.

I am thinking about the trekking poles- I found some inexpensive ones on amazon.

I am trying go cheap- as I have already spent about $300 bucks on on backpack/sleeping bag/base layer/socks.

u/DEATH0WL · 1 pointr/newzealand

Where possible I prefer to just buy everything online, Amazon is good and even with added shipping works out cheaper than NZ stores. Just as a very quick comparison, with little consideration of brands etc:

Walking stick: Amazon, Bivouac.

Headlamp: Amazon, Bivouac.

Up to you, but looks to me like the NZ retail industry is making a killing on mark-ups on this stuff. As they do on everything else.

u/bderw · 1 pointr/Ultralight

Not to be an evangelist, but trekking poles were such a revelation when I started using them. Before that, my hands would always get really swollen while I hiked.

If you want to try them, get the $40ish Skurka-recommended CMT ones.

But, as others have said, a lot of UL cottage companies will sell you carbon fiber poles for their tents if you don't use trekking poles.

THAT said, getting dual use out of trekking poles as your tent poles is one of the best ways to drop weight on a tent.

u/dinhertime_9 · 1 pointr/Ultralight

Tent: Tarptent Notch - $314, 1P, 28oz (w/ stakes), trekking pole supported

Pack: If you order the HMG Windrider from (which currently has a 20% off coupon), you can easily return if it doesn't fit; the return label is only like $7. FWIW I have the HMG Southwest and it's my favorite piece of gear.

Warm Jacket: I'm sure someone can explain better, but a fleece is better for active warmth; it breathes and allows sweat/moisture to pass through. A down jacket is better for static warmth; it blocks wind and has a greater warmth to weight ratio. REI Magma 850 Down Hoodie is only $109 right now and a good entry/budget option from what I've read. The North Face TKA 100 Glacier Quarter-Zip Pullover is a good fleece option ($55 retail).

Trekking Poles: Cascade Mountain Tech, there are a few options but the cork handle with quick lock mechanism is the most popular I think:

u/bc2020 · 1 pointr/Ultralight


Option 1:

Option 2 (more durable):

Bug net:

Quilt: (get a warmer one if you need it)

Sleeping pad:

You will need trekking poles for the tarp/tent or save a few bucks and find a couple of sticks when you get there!

Trekking poles:



u/talahrama · 1 pointr/Ultralight

YMMV regarding finding them in store. I got them on Amazon awhile ago for roughly ten bucks cheaper. Here is the link.

u/r_syzygy · 1 pointr/hiking

Poles are life-changing. I know they seem dumb. I would likely still think they're silly if I didn't try them out of necessity after nursing an injury. But it makes hiking so. much. faster. and much more comfortable on the down. Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork poles are basically everyone's top pick, but they're expensive. If you're just hiking the PCT, I would go for something lighter, more like the Gossamer Gear LT4 (I have them and love them) - they're more fragile, but I've only ever broken 1 and it was definitely my fault, almost any pole would have suffered some damage. If you want a budget trekking pole to test whether you like it, I think these are what everyone recommends:

I think you can get the same ones at costco?

Anyway, I haven't done any of the PCT in OR or WA, but I live in CA and have explored bits and pieces in Northern CA, Tahoe, and the Sierra. Tahoe is my home away from home if I can call it that, so I love the trail as it goes through there and have hiked and skied parts of it many times. The high Sierra sections should be on anyone's bucket list, but can be so highly trafficked that you can easily find better hikes just one valley or ridge over. I'm also a big fan of California's deserts, but they can be a bit overwhelming to new hikers. A wonderful place to explore in the spring.

I've never gone without a shelter, but have used a tarp and lightweight bug-proof bivy on trips there. Using a standard bivy is a pretty personal preference, but it's definitely an option. I think in OR and WA, I'd be more likely to bring a tent or tarp with a large living space underneath for prolonged rain. You can sleep in just a sleeping bag for weeks at a time in California, nights are usually pretty dry. You don't want to be without bug protection until later in the year.

I use an inflatable air mattress. If you can sleep comfortably on a foam mattress, I suggest getting the lightest one you can find and cutting it at the knees. Otherwise, NeoAir X Lite pads are my favorite.

Usually I'm just wishing for some food thing, or fizzy drinks or something.

I've gotten pretty good at bringing the right things for the conditions and checking everything in my pack when I get back to make sure that it was useful. I literally practice packing on smaller trips just so I don't wish for things and bring anything extra. I really can't think of any non-emergency items that don't get used at some point.

Also, I replaced the Salomon X Ultra 2 with the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor and am a huge fan. The sole is less boxy and has a really great rock plate, the rubber is softer and grippier for climbing things, it's more breathable, and it just fit my foot better. For long distances on trail, Altra shoes are very comfortable, breathable and light - worth checking them out too!

Check out /r/PacificCrestTrail - people are posting their photos/reports of their current thru hikes there

u/hom3lesshom3boy · 1 pointr/backpacking

I'm kind of in the same boat as you are. Started backpacking maybe about 2 months ago and had a ton of old gear. Carrying 35 lbs over 26 miles was no fun, and when I came back home to research lighter stuff I kept finding things that were hundreds of dollars a piece. I did a ton of research and found some good quality gear at a budget level.

Mind the formatting/spelling errors. On mobile.

Tent - $70 - Geertop 1 Person 3 Season 20D Ultralight Backpacking Tent for Camping Hiking Climbing (Trekking Poles NOT Included)(Inner Tent is Green)

Sleeping System (2 parts)

Quilt - $35 - Double Black Diamond Packable Down Throw with Stuff Sack, 60" x 70" (Peacock)

Pad - $40 - WellaX Ultralight Air Sleeping Pad – Inflatable Camping Mat for Backpacking, Traveling and Hiking Air Cell Design for Better Stability & Support –Plus Repair Kit (Green)

*note I sleep warm and wear layers. I found the quilt to be good for 3 season camping in the temperate CA conditions. The pad helps with the cold and I'm a side sleeper so the pad is a requirement for me. YMMV.

Poles - $22 (needed for the tent listed above) - BAFX Products - 2 Pack - Anti Shock Hiking / Walking / Trekking Trail Poles - 1 Pair, Blue, Royal Blue

Cook pot - $11 - G4Free Outdoor Camping pan Hiking Cookware Backpacking Cooking Picnic Bowl Pot Pan Set 4 Piece Camping Cookware Mess Kit(2 PCS-Green)

I cook simple meals that mostly require just boiling water. It's also large enough to fit my soap, stove, and gas can in.

Stove - $14 - Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stove with Piezo Ignition

Water filtration (4 parts)
Dirty water bag - $20 - Cnoc Outdoors Vecto 2L Water Container, 28mm, Orange

Clean water bag - $13 - Platypus Platy 2-Liter Ultralight Collapsible Water Bottle

Filter - $37 - Sawyer Products SP137 PointOne Squeeze Water Filter System with 16-Ounce Pouch, Straw, and Hydration Pack Adapters

Filter attachment - $3 - Sawyer Products SP150 Coupling for Water Filtration Cleaning

With this water system you have the option of gravity feeding your water supply at camp. You can also simplify by just buying the $37 kit and just squeeze directly into your water bottle/bladder, but I find this setup more convenient.

After that, the rest are kind of up to you. Food, clothes, etc. I wouldn't skimp on shoes though. Look into trail runners or hiking SHOES (not boots).

Optional things I'd look into is paracord and a tarp especially if you're going to camp in the rain. You can also look into hammock camping which would be a little more budget friendly than the tent + blanket option.

Overall there are definitely cheaper options but I find this to be a good balance of price, weight, and convenience.

All in all this is about $265.

u/JWeave87 · 1 pointr/AppalachianTrail

If you were holding off on the Cascade Mountain Tech ones due to price, they just went on sale on Amazon for around 40% off. They're now listed at $27, down from $45.

u/muddledremarks · 1 pointr/hiking

In spring the last couple years Costco has been stocking a set of Cascade Mountain carbon fiber poles. Work great, and I don't mind being rough on them.

Looks like they're on amazon now too:

u/rastalostya · 1 pointr/Ultralight

According to the comparison chart on this Amazon page a single pole is 7.8oz.

u/Cdfisch97 · 1 pointr/Ultralight

These are what I use and a good budget option. Basically you want something with cork handles to absorb sweat and a locking mechanism similar to these.

u/rockyrainy · 1 pointr/China

Buy some hiking poles man. They solve so much problems on ascent.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

I have these poles. I honestly can't figure out why some people pay multiple hundreds of dollars for a couple aluminum tubes. These are lightweight, collapsible, and work just fine.

u/wesinator · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

Try these cascade mountain tech poles. I have them and love them. I've put them through a couple hundred miles and accidentally stepped on them a couple times and seem to be doing great. Pretty light weight (about 8 oz per pole). I love the long cork/ foarm handles and straps. My only beef is that the tip covers fell off somewhere when hiking. But I've heard people bought them for as low as 28 dollars at costco in the northwest. When I find them at costco I'm going to get 4 or 5 pairs and give em out to friends they are so good.

u/GenuineMtnMan · 1 pointr/Ultralight

UL trek poles my mother in law gave me for my birthday about 6 years back have been a lifesaver on day hikes and multi night treks alike. They're sold through Costco or on Amazon. Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Fiber Quick Lock Trekking Poles. They're $35 right now. Thank me later.

u/codenamefulcrum · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

I'm training to summit Mt St Helens in about four weeks. I'd like to buy trekking poles soon to train with them before the summit. I also intend to use these for backpacking trips around the PNW.


So far I'm between these two:

u/sporangiophore · 1 pointr/Ultralight

Not sure where in Europe you are, but the Costco poles are available to buy online in the UK at least. They go by "Cascade Mountain" - here they are:

u/ImALittleCrackpot · 1 pointr/CampingGear

These Black Diamond poles might meet your criteria. I've had a very similar pair for about ten years. Aside from losing the snow baskets mine came with, I've never had a problem.

u/AlexAndertheAble · 1 pointr/losfeliz

SOURCE - Nobody Hikes in LA --


  • Location: Camp Road and Griffith Park Drive, Griffith Park.  From L.A. and points south, take I-5 to the Griffith Park exit.  Cross over the freeway to Crystal Springs Drive, turn right and go a mile, just past the parking area for the merry go round, and turn left on Griffith Park Drive. Go 0.8 miles to the Wilson & Harding Golf Course and park in the large lot on the right. From the 134 Freeway, take the Forest Lawn exit, go south and take the first right on Zoo Drive.  Go 0.2 miles and turn right on Griffith Park Drive. Go 1.8 miles and park in the lot by the golf course, which will be on the left.
  • Agency:  Griffith Park
  • Distance: 3.4 miles
  • Elevation gain: 900 feet
  • Suggested time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty rating: PG
  • Best season: October – May
  • USGS topo map: Burbank
  • Recommended gear: insect repellent📷📷 sun hat📷 hiking poles📷 (for the steep climb up the ridge near the beginning of the hike)
  • More information: Article about the picnic table and its history here; article about several haunted L.A. hikes including this one here; trip description from an alternate starting point here; Map My Hike report here
  • Rating: 6
u/Zero25O · 1 pointr/CampingGear

Thanks for the link. I was about to pull the trigger on the Cascade Mountain poles on Amazon that have solid reviews, these look like they may be better and cheaper.


Anyone have any recommendations between these 2?

u/JayARGHHH · 1 pointr/Ultralight

If for some reason that doesn't work, Amazon has the Costo poles for just a few bucks more:

u/fizzlebottom · 1 pointr/hiking

A pair of Black Diamond poles for $50. I bought a set for me and a set for my wife, and our knees have thanked us ever since

u/baddspellar · 1 pointr/snowshoeing

I really like these Foxelli Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles

$59.97 on Amazon.

u/theonedosthree · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

I mean you can tighten them by hand, but i like to overdo things.

Edit: Here are the poles.

u/greenmikey · 1 pointr/Ultralight

If you do not have a Costco membership they are 30 dollars on amazon from Mountain Tech but with 12 dollars shipping.