REI Co-op Flash Carbon ($149)

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1 lb. 2.4 oz.

Telescoping (lever lock)

Aluminum

Cork/rubber

Leki’s anti-shock technology helps take the sting out of impacts.

More moving parts than standard trekking poles.

If you’re looking to keep your backpack the weight down, these REI Co-Op Flash Carbon poles are a excellent choice, beating out top-of-the-line models by at least at least $20. They weigh less than 1 pound and featuring carbon composite construction the poles feel lightweight on the fingers and have soft foam grips which take the sting of bumps and perform well in reducing sweat accumulation. We give the overall advantage in comfort to cork, but the foam is able to absorb moisture and disperse it very well, especially in the heat and humidity outside. We like the fact the fact that REI uses a high-quality, lever lock made of metal that’s more secure and sturdy change from the previous plastic model.

However, the Flash Carbon’s light weight construction has one big drawback, which is its the lack of flexibility. For instance the The BD’s Trail Ergo Cork Trail Back or even the Alpine Carbon Cork above are significantly more durable and inspire confidence for traversing difficult and rough terrain. The Flash Carbon is decidedly less suitable for adventuring in four seasons and is reflected by the absence in snow-baskets. But this won’t bother the majority of fair-weather hikers and backpackers and, with REI’s great return policy that backs it up and guarantee them for a year, the Flash Carbon poles are a excellent UL option. For those who want to keep their bulk to an absolute minimum, they’re also available in the smaller version with a shorter 2-inch length at the same cost.