Here is my selection of the best trekking and snowshoeing poles which I would consider to buy in 2019.
Trekking poles are especially useful if you have to walk up or down a mountain or if you have to walk in deep powder snow with your snowshoes.
Further, you can also use trekking poles for nordic walking so they are quite versatile too.
|Leki Walker XS (for kids)||190 grams / 6.7 oz.|
|Leki Vario XS (for kids)||219 grams / 7.7 oz.|
|Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z||285 grams / 10.1 oz.|
|Leki Sherpa XL V||290 grams / 10.2 oz.|
|Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ||355 grams / 12.5 oz.|
|Leki Micro Ti||432 grams / 15.2 oz.|
|Leki Cressida Antishock (for women)||460 grams / 16.2 oz.|
|MSR Flight 3||490 grams / 3.2 oz.|
|Black Diamond Expedition 3||520 grams / 18.3 oz.|
|MSR Deploy T-3||635 grams / 22.4 oz.|
Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ
weight: 355 grams / 12.5 oz.
The Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ are made of carbon fibre those poles come with FlickLock Pro adjustability. The poles are 3-section foldable.
Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z
weight: 285 grams / 10.1 oz.
The Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z is made of carbon and suitable for fast-packing adventures. The poles are 3-section foldable.
Black Diamond Expedition 3
weight: 520 grams / 18.3 oz.
The Black Diamond Expedition 3 poles are made of Aluminium and can also be used as ski poles. The poles also come with a 4-season strap in case you want to use gloves during the winter season. These poles come with trekking and snow baskets.
Leki Cressida Antishock (for women)
weight: 460 grams / 16.2 oz.
The Leki Cressida Antishock has been designed for women and comes with an optimized length and minimized weight as well as an eye catching design. The poles are better suited for smaller hands.
The poles are made of aircraft grade aluminum. Moreover, Leki has also added its DSS (Dynamic Suspension System) and the Speed Lock 2 external locking system. to the poles.
Leki Micro Ti
weight: 432 grams / 15.2 oz.
The Leki Micro series are foldable hiking poles from Leki and made of Aluminium.
Leki Sherpa XL V
weight: 290 grams / 10.2 oz.
The Leki Sherpa XL V is a highly robust aluminium pole which provides a safe grip even under extreme conditions.
This trekking pole can easily being unlocked and locked with it’s Speed Lock 2 system.
The poles come with a comfortable Aergon grip with thermal extension.
Leki Vario XS (for kids)
weight: 219 grams / 7.7 oz.
The Leki Vario XS and Walker XX are especially designed for children.
This pole can be used very versatile e.g. for nordic walking or trail running. The Vario XS comes with the Speed Lock 1 system.
Leki Walker XS
weight: 190 grams / 6.7 oz.
The Walker XS has been especially designed for children. This pole can be used very versatile e.g. for nordic walking or trail running.
The Walker XS comes with the Speed Lock 2 system.’
MSR Deploy T-3
weight: 635 grams / 22.4 oz.
The MSR Deploy T-3 are great for snowshoeing. We have tested the Deploy T-2 in the Austrian Alps Austrian Alps.
If you are looking for poles which you can also use during the summer then you should have a look at the MSR Flight 3.
There are 2 models available, the MSR Deploy T-2 and T-3 with the only difference that the T3 packs smaller.
MSR Flight 3
weight: 490 grams / 17.3 oz.
The MSR Flight 3 is made of 7000-series Aluminium and has a non-absorbing foam grip and glove friendly straps.
We have tested the MSR Flight 2 in the Austrian Alps. They are great for summer and winter.
If you look specifically for winter poles then you should have a look at the MSR Deploy T-2 or T-3 (below).
- Differences between snowshoeing and trekking poles?
- How to choose the best snowshoeing or trekking poles
Differences between snowshoeing and trekking poles
I would say that the main difference between snowshoe and hiking poles is the possibility to add a snow basket to the poles and to expand or shorten the poles while wearing gloves.
My preference as the best trekking and snowhoeing pole goes towards the MSR Flight.
How to choose the best snowshoeing or trekking poles?
When choosing your trekking or snowshoeing poles you should consider the following features:
Do I want to use my poles only during the summer or also during the winter where I need to use snow baskets
Do I want to have adjustable poles? They pack smaller but may not be that durable as the ones which cannot be sticked together.
Material of the handle - e.g. foam, cork, etc.
Weight (lightweight or ultralight poles e.g. made of Carbon or Aluminium)
My own gear
Currently, I am using the Black Diamond Ultra Distance Z-Poles which are not made for snowshoeing as it’s not possible to add snow baskets on those trekking poles.
However, I have also used them on our snowshoeing trip in Finnish Lapland (Urho Kekkonen National Park), where I realised that snow baskets might be quite useful.
For 3-season trips however they are great. You can see my trekking poles in action in our trip in Swedish Lapland (Sarek National Park).
Most recently, I have added a pair of dedicated snowshoe poles to my gear - the MSR Deploy TR-2 - which I have already tested in the Austrian Alps.
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