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The Best Hiking and Walking Sticks of 2022

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Cascade Mountain Tech Aluminum Quick Lock Trekking Poles, Cork Grip

These excellent low-cost poles have earned thousands of rave reviews for their high-quality construction, low weight, and compact design when folded. Read More

Pros

  • Collapsible
  • Adjustable to 54 inches
  • Less than a pound

Cons

  • Height locks can slip
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Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles

These high-quality 100% carbon fiber trekking poles are the real deal, offering top-notch build quality and stability with a combined weight of just over 1 lb for the pair. Read More

Pros

  • Carbon fiber shaft
  • Cork grip
  • Compatible with carbide tech tips

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Adjustments require Allen wrench
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AceCamp Trail Running Pole

These super lightweight poles are collapsible and weigh less than a quarter-pound total, perfect for anyone that needs to pack light. Read More

Pros

  • Carbon fiber shafts
  • Foldable
  • 100 grams per pole

Cons

  • Some assembly to unfold
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Bafx Anti-Shock Hiking Poles

These affordable aluminum poles have comfortable grips and sturdy build quality, as long as you don’t mind the weight. Read More

Pros

  • Aluminum shaft
  • Adjustable
  • Expands to 53.25 inches

Cons

  • Heavier at 12.4 ounces per pole
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Foxelli Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles

These are some of the most affordable carbon fiber poles, offering lightweight and sturdy construction in a package that won’t break the bank. Read More

Pros

  • Carbon fiber shaft
  • Adjustable height
  • Each pole weighs less than 8 oz

Cons

  • Some minor build quality issues

Whether you’re running, walking, or hiking, a comfortable pair of lightweight trekking poles can really make your life easier. The best poles provide the extra stability you need, especially when hiking trails that may be wet, rocky, or simply lack the kind of grip that you need to stay safe.

To find the best poles for you, we looked over thousands of user reviews. There are a ton of great poles out there, so it’s tricky to pick, but we narrowed our list by looking for a variety of poles (at a variety of price points) to suit different needs. If you need a lightweight, high-performance pole? We recommend a lightweight carbon fiber option. Not counting every ounce you put in your pack? We’ve got picks for you too. No matter which way you lean, we’ve got a pole pick for you.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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Cascade Mountain Tech Aluminum Quick Lock Trekking Poles, Cork Grip

The Cascade Mountain trekking poles are your classic aluminum poles, featuring cork or EVA foam grips, an adjustable height (up to 54 inches), and a generally lightweight design. They’re sturdy, easy to use, and come with a handy case to keep them together and clean.

These poles are very affordable, and reviewers definitely noticed the difference between these and higher-end poles. They’re meant for casual use, though they do come with a variety of tips including options for improved performance in snow, sand, mud, and on rocks.

Pros

  • Collapsible

  • Adjustable to 54 inches

  • Less than a pound

Cons

  • Height locks can slip

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Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles

For demanding hikers and distance runners where every ounce matters, these Black Diamond carbon fiber poles are a real treat. The combined weight of the pair is barely over a pound, they feature interchangeable tips (including compatibility with carbide tips), and reviewers loved how comfortable the grips were.

The main drawback here is the price, though these are right in line with other high-end carbon fiber poles. They’re an investment, but if you want a lightweight pole that is extremely durable and adaptable, these are the best that we found.

Pros

  • Carbon fiber shaft

  • Cork grip

  • Compatible with carbide tech tips

Cons

  • Pricey

  • Adjustments require Allen wrench

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AceCamp Trail Running Pole

If you really need the lightest poles possible, these AceCamp Carbon Fiber poles shed every ounce possible. The pair will set you back at just under 8oz, well under even other high-end carbon fiber poles.

That lightweight does seem to come with some sacrifices, namely, they are a little trickier to assemble, the foam grips are minimal (we’re being charitable), and these aren’t quite as comfy as the other poles with full grips. If you just want to lose weight but keep a full-length pole, though, these are a great choice.

Pros

  • Carbon fiber shafts

  • Foldable

  • 100 grams per pole

Cons

  • Some assembly to unfold

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Bafx Anti-Shock Hiking Poles

If you’re looking for basic trekking poles for casual use, these aluminum poles are a great pick. They’re super affordable, adjustable, come with a variety of tips for sand/mud/snow, and they’re still relatively lightweight.

These are not likely to be the poles you’ll want if you’re a hardcore hiker or distance runner, but if you just need a basic pole, these are a great choice. They’re “heavy” for poles, but at less than one pound each, they shouldn’t weigh you down.

Pros

  • Aluminum shaft

  • Adjustable

  • Expands to 53.25 inches

Cons

  • Heavier at 12.4 ounces per pole

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Foxelli Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles

The Foxelli carbon fiber poles are among the most popular (and most affordable) carbon fiber poles out there. The pair weighs in at less than a pound, and the poles come with comfortable cork grips to prevent slipping when in use.

Line these up with other high-end carbon fiber poles and you’re unlikely to find much of a difference. Considering these cost less than half what some other carbon fiber poles cost, that’s a huge win.

Pros

  • Carbon fiber shaft

  • Adjustable height

  • Each pole weighs less than 8 oz

Cons

  • Some minor build quality issues

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Brazos Twisted Hickory Sapling Walking Stick

Sure, carbon fiber poles are cool, but if you want a more natural walking stick, this hickory option is a great choice. It’s heavy, of course—it is made of wood after all—and it doesn’t adjust, but it’s a good choice for anyone that wants a stick for stability.

Obviously, the people buying a hickory walking stick are going to be a select group, but reviewers love this pole’s sturdy construction, shaved grip, and overall quality. The main thing you may want to do is consider some kind of wrap for the grip, as your hands could blister up easily if you’re gripping a wood stick for an extended hike.

Pros

  • Hickory wooden shaft

  • Classic natural walking stick

  • Rubber tip for stability

Cons

  • Doesn't collapse

  • Heavy

  • Wooden grip

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TJ Donegan

TJ Donegan

Executive Editor

@TJDonegan

TJ is the Executive Editor of Reviewed.com. He is a Massachusetts native and has covered electronics, cameras, TVs, smartphones, parenting, and more for Reviewed. He is from the self-styled "Cranberry Capitol of the World," which is, in fact, a real thing.

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