Leki TourStick Vario Carbon

Splurge a bit on these trekking poles that combine carbon and aluminum for incredible durability.

Brand: Leki

Model: TourStick Vario Carbon

Carbon is light, but prone to nicks and cuts that can ultimately lead to breakage. Aluminum weighs more, but is tougher. The TourStick combines both materials (aluminum is used in the lowest section, which is most susceptible to damage from skis, crampons, snowshoes, or rocks), and can stand up to year-round abuse.

The top two sections telescope to adjust height—45 to 53 inches—while the lower three sections connect via tensioned strands of Kevlar sheathed in plastic.

Nice: It collapses to 15 inches for easy packing. $200; 1 lb. 2 oz. per pair;

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