Best Hiking Poles for 2018

The reasons for hiking are many. In addition to being a fun way to enjoy the great outdoor, hiking is great exercise – improving your cardiovascular health, boosting your metabolism and lowering your blood pressure. The reasons for using hiking poles are also many. Research strongly suggests that using poles spread the energy expenditure of hiking to other areas your body – making for a more even full body workout. Hiking poles will  increase your body’s total energy expenditure during a hike. Additionally,  poles will help you maintain balance, stability and security.

Outdoor Junkie has researched and reviewed dozens of the hiking poles. Based on the poles’ durability, functionality and overall quality, here are our top choices (listed In no particular order).

BAFX Products Anti Shock Hiking Poles Features:

The versatile BAFX Products Anti Shock Hiking Poles can easily handle the demands of most hikers, backpackers, or trail runners. Constructed of a durable lightweight folding aluminum shaft that adjusts to a length of approximately 26 ½ to 53 inches. The ergonomically designed ribbed no-slip hand grips, wide & padded wrist straps, and anti-shock springs will keep your hands comfortable – even on the longest hikes. Choose from 2 color options: black and blue/royal blue. Still not sure? BAFX Products Anti Shock Hiking Poles come with a 1 year 100% warranty against manufacturing defects.

High Trek Premium Ultralight Hiking Poles

High Trek Premium Ultralight Hiking Poles are one of the most durable folding poles you can buy.  Made with aerospace-grade 7075 aluminum and weighing only 8.7 ounces each. The large, ergonomically designed EVA handles (with adjustable moisture-wicking wrist-straps) provide all-day comfort on the most arduous hike. Regardless of your height, the High Trek Premium Ultralight Hiking Poles will work for you – the easy lever lock height adjustment lets you set heights from 25 to 53 inches. The included warranty covers you against manufacturer defects for 1 full year.

Alpine Summit Trekking Hiking Poles

Alpine Summit Trekking Hiking Poles are strong, lightweight, low impact trekking poles will provide you with a much softer impact on your joints and help increase balance, stability and endurance. The easy flip lock height adjustment allows you to set the height from 25.5 to 53 inches – making them the perfect size for everyone. Ergonomically designed EVA grips (with adjustable hand-straps ) provide all-day sweat-absorption comfort. tungsten-tipped ends, removable rubber ferrules, and mud/snow baskets allow you to tackle even the toughest terrain. The warranty covers against manufacturer defects for 1 full year.

Cascade Mountain Tech Hiking Poles

Cascade Mountain Tech Hiking Poles contain anti-shock springs that will give you greater comfort and stability on those long treks. Constructed of a durable “aircraft grade” aluminum, these poles will extend from 25.75 to 54 inches (approximately). The tungsten carbide tips and durable rubber tips work on even the hardest surfaces. Soft EVA foam grips add comfort and the reflective wrists straps increase your visibility for added safety. The Cascade Mountain Tech Hiking Poles come with a one year limited warranty against manufacturing defects.