Komperdell Carbon Expedition Solid 4

Get a grip - more comfortably - as you hike with these trekking poles from Leki.

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Are trekking poles essential? That’s debatable. But many of our testers won’t go hiking without them. And this pair just shot to the top of the heap. “The best grip I’ve ever used,” raves one editor. “It changed the way I hold trekking poles by allowing me to comfortably palm the top of handle.” Testers say the Aergon grip’s egg-shaped top is better for striding across rolling terrain and more confidence-inspiring when descending.

The three-section, carbon-fiber poles lock together via an internal Kevlar-reinforced tension cord. The Speed Lock below the handle, which is easily operable even with gloves on, allows for up to 20 centimeters of on-the-fly adjustment. The tough-but-light carbon-fiber shafts were strong enough to support 275-plus-pounds of hiker and gear, but the swing weight—how the pole feels as you swing it back and forth—was light enough for all-day comfort. $200; 1 lb. 1 oz. (pair); leki.com

Ingenious folding mechanism for an extra firm hold - edge to edge contruction,4-sections, foldable construction for easy stowing
still lighter: highest quality Carbon tubes especially developed for trekking & touring
small packaging size - super swing feeling
Titanal rocksleeve featuring an extra edge protection
ice-slope basket and tip allows for an adjustment of the basket to the terrain