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Backpackers hiking the Titcomb Basin Trail, Wind River Range, Wyoming.

The Best Trekking Poles of 2021

By Michael Lanza One of the most immutable truisms about hiking is this: Backpackers, dayhikers, climbers, mountain runners, and others who start using trekking poles almost never hit the trail without them again. No matter how much weight you’re carrying—from an ultralight daypack to a godawful heavy monster backpack—you will lessen your chances of an accidental fall and your leg …

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A backpacker hiking the Piegan Pass Trail in Glacier National Park.

10 Expert Tips for Hiking With Trekking Poles

By Michael Lanza If you’ve opened this story, you probably already recognize this truth: For backpackers, dayhikers, climbers, mountain runners, and others, trekking poles noticeably reduce strain, fatigue, and impact on leg muscles and joints, feet, back—and really on your entire body. And that’s true no matter how much weight you’re carrying, whether a daypack, an ultralight backpack, or a …

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Backpackers hiking the Pole Creek Trail in the Wind River Range, Wyoming.

How to Choose Trekking Poles

By Michael Lanza You want trekking poles for backpacking, dayhiking, running mountain trails, ski touring, or other backcountry activities, but the abundance of models and designs out there can seem overwhelming. Collapsible or folding, ultralight or heavier and sturdier, adjustable or not—which style is best for you? Save yourself a lot of time and the expense of making the wrong …

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REI Flash Folding Trekking Poles.

Review: REI Flash Folding Trekking Poles

Trekking and Running Poles REI Flash Folding Trekking Poles $149, 14 oz. (115cm) Sizes: 105, 115, 125, and 135cm rei.com When I brought these poles and another pair that are collapsible (not folding)—and virtually the same weight—on a 12-mile trail run-hike in the Foothills, swapping poles with a partner, it quickly became clear that we both preferred these poles. A …

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Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ trekking and running poles.

Review: Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ Trekking Poles

Trekking and Running Poles Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ Poles $190, 12.7 oz. (105-125cm) Sizes: 95-110cm, 105-125cm, and 120-140cm backcountry.com Trekking poles vary widely in weight, packability, adjustability, and durability—and the balance between those competing attributes determines their recommended uses and versatility across activities. Then there’s Black Diamond’s Distance Carbon FLZ poles, which I’ve used for everything from dayhiking and …

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