Gear Review: Helinox Featherlite Lever Button Trekking Poles


Built by tent-pole maker DAC, this three-section aluminum pole has a brilliant, no-fuss adjustment system that I came to love during a winter’s worth of cross-country skiing: When pulled, the bottom two sections automatically lock into place, while the top section slides 12 inches. Finding your optimum length is faster and simpler than with other three-section poles, since it requires only one adjustment point. Also smart: The glove-friendly locking mechanism snaps up along the vertical axis, so it has a low profile that resists accidental opening.

Best For

Any hiker, backpacker, or skier who wants a light, packable pole with foolproof adjustment

Tester Data

> Kristin Hostetter

> Duration Jan. to March

> Locales/conditions MA, VT; XC-skiing through deep powder and on packed trails

> “The comfortable foam grip is long (for choking up on traverses), and the strap adjusts in seconds.”