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Discover the magic of trekking poles

Trekking poles (a.k.a. hiking poles or hiking staffs) give you support for hiking. If you’re navigating tricky terrain, they provide an extra point of balance and ease the jarring feeling when walking downhill.

MEC has trekking poles from well-known names like Black Diamond, Komperdell, MEC Label (our in-house brand) and more. If you’re buying your first pair of trekking poles, read our article about how to choose trekking poles and hiking poles for expert advice.

Trekking poles features to look for

Most trekking poles are made to be lightweight (nice, since you swing them with every step) and have comfortable grips. Some are made of carbon fibre, which feel super light in your hands. If you’re looking for budget-friendly options, sturdy aluminum poles to help you balance on trails or even when crossing a creek.

One feature that’s handy is adjustable trekking poles, so you can fit them to your height. Folding trekking poles easily tuck into your backpack, ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice.

Don’t overlook accessories for your trekking poles, too, including replacement grips, snow baskets and trekking pole tips. Ready to go on a day hike or overnight trip? Make sure you’ve got all you need, including the 10 essentials, with our hiking checklists.