BEST TREKKING POLES For Hiking and Backpacking – ULTRALIGHT GEAR


Looking for some great budget trekking poles for your ultralight gear system? Want to know the Pros and Cons of using trekking poles, the difference between Z style trekking poles and collapsible trekking poles, or why I think trekking poles might be the way back to the trail for a lot of hikers? I would love to know if you guys use trekking poles, and if so what style? Leave a comment below so we can all have a look.
Thanks and Happy Hiking!

Cascade Mountain Carbon Fiber 3 piece Trekking Poles:

TAC9ER Carbon Fiber Z Style Trekking Poles:

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GEAR that I use and recommend:
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BACKPACKS
LiteAF “Multi” Day Pack:

LiteAF Curve 35 UL backpack:

LiteAF Fanny Pack:

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SHELTER SYSTEM
Zpacks Duplex Dyneema Tent:

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo:

Paria Sanctuary Tarp:

Polycryo Ground Sheet:

Vargo Titanium Tent Stake:

MSR Groundhog Tent Stakes:

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SLEEP SYSTEM
Katabatic Gear Alsek 22 Quilt:

Paria 15 and 30 Degree Backpacking Quilts:

Thermarest Vesper 20/32/45 Degree Quilt:

Thermarest Uberlite Sleeping Pad:

Klymit Static V Ultralite SL Sleeping Pad:

Thermarest Zlite CCF Sleeping Pad:

Thermarest NeoAir Xlite Sleeping Pad:

Thermarest Xtherm Sleeping Pad:

SeatoSummit Pillow:

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RAIN GEAR
3F UL Gear Rain Skirt:

Frogg Toggs UL2 Rain Jacket:

Mountain Warehouse Rainpants:

Six Moon Designs Umbrella:

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KITCHEN
BRS-3000T Ultralight titanium Stove:

MSR PocketRocket 2 Ultralight Stove:

TOAKS Titanium 750ml Pot:

EVERNEW 900ml Titanium Pot:

GSI Outdoors Infinity Mug:

TOAKS Titanium Long Handle Spoon:

Anthony’s Organic Instant Coffee:

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Clothing
Altra Lone Peak 4 Trailrunners:

Columbia Silver Ridge Lite Shirt:

Darn Tough Crew Light Sock:

ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Boxer Brief

Buff Original:

Mountain Hardwear 1/2 Zip Fleece:

Appalachian Gear Co Hoodie:

32 DEG UL Down Hooded Jacket:

MH Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket:

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Ultralight is all about hiking with only the things you really need and nothing else. Approach your gear choices the same way.
Don’t just lighten your pack, lighten your footprint!
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  • Hey guys, if I missed something or you have any questions just drop them below in the comments or shoot me an email. For photos of my hikes, gear, and everyday shenanigans check out @motivatedbymountains on Instagram. Happy Trails!

  • 100% agree with you. Trekking poles are extremely helpful AND a sub-$50 brand is on par with the big companies. Buying expensive poles just isn’t worth it in terms of quality or weight as there are plenty of option that otherwise offer the same result.

  • Wouldn't a tall ice axe work better?….Retro Backpacking where it all began….

  • Thank you, Sir. Very helpful.

  • You should have a look at Viking Terve Trekking Poles. Weight 225 g (7.94 oz) aluminium 7075, fast lock + folding system, 36 cm folded (14.11 in) and cost only about $40 – $50.

  • Ozark trail, 20 bucks, oh yeah!

  • I've got the Tac9er poles, very nice. I wish the handle was like the Cascade. But, Trekology has a set like Tac9er with a Cascade style handle. I may have to try them.

  • It's a nice idea combining your walking poles with tent poles that would save quite a bit there

  • I found your channel recently and it is very entertaining to me to see someone else who has made almost the exact same gear choices I have. I use the same poles (Cascade) but with rubber grips (just a preference). We call them the "Costco poles," because if you time it right you can find them at Costco for $25 – $30 a pair. Great deal. Mine have held up well for 3 years now.

    I also use a Kumo for my lighter setup (I don't consider myself an ultra-lighter). My base weight with that pack runs about 12-ish pounds, and the pack carries it very well. My heavier pack is a ULA Catalyst, for winter camping mostly, when more clothing and insulation is needed.

    I too have and use a Paria 15 degree Thermodown quilt and my kids have them too. We're in Texas, so temps don't usually get super cold, but we've taken those quilts to the Rockies, Ozarks and Smokies and have zero complaints. My light quilt is a UGQ 30F Bandit, which I absolutely love. In summer, I usually just take a light blanket (alpaca liner from Appellation Gear Company … I also have and love their hoodie and it is always with me in cooler months).

    Your videos are great and i appreciate the family focus and practical perspective on gear choices. Keep up the great work!

  • Hey scott, got a random question. I know in your past videos you have hiked in the Grayson Highlands, im looking to do a 12 – 14 mile loop hike along the Appalachain Trail. What would you recommend? Best loop hike for the best views. The AT to scales loop looks good. Have you done that one?

  • Cool, I didn’t realize there was an adjustable z-pole! Thanks for sharing.

  • Great video Scott keep them coming brother!

  • Great channel you have! I usually use poles. They also help with the hand swelling by keeping your hands up. Also a good workout for the arms.

  • After years of experimenting with different trekking poles, I've settled on the Zpacks Carbon Fiber Staff. It is a bit pricey, but hits all the sweet spot functionality for me. The staff is much stronger without much sacrifice in weight (7.5 oz). I've eventually broken almost every other adjustable pole and the staff can support my full weight, even when using it two handed. The staff is functionally much longer which allows me to use it in more situations for support, clearing trail of snakes and spider webs, and even a better camera mono-pod or tripod (using two strings w/tent stakes) for phone camera photos. I usually only use 1-pole anyway so a single pole staff is not a sacrifice. I also wrap some 550 cord on it for a more comfortable grip and emergency cord. Thanks for the great run through of pros and cons. Love your videos.

  • I use the aluminum hiking hunger poles. There light weight and strong. Great for my old ass.

  • Monoprice 3k carbon fiber cork grips fully metal flick locks just paid $35 for em on sale . Better than cascade mtn tech and black diamond due to the price / features. Especially metal flick locks

  • Many thanks for video. There's no doubt trekking poles are game changers. Trekking pole straps are also game changers because they reduce stress & strain on hands & wrists. Just need to ensure they're worn correctly – hands go into straps from below and not from above.

  • I used my Cascade Mountain Carbon Fiber poles for my first solo overnight a couple weeks ago. I fell and broke one pole (my fault), luckily it was near the tip so I could still use it as a tent pole. Cascade Mountain sells replacement parts at reasonable prices with free shipping.

  • If money is an issue wait for black friday. If I have a major purchase for anything Black Friday is it for anything in life as well.
    If you use Amazon prime and a prime card you build up cash for discounts.

  • Energy spent by trekking poles isn’t really something that takes so much one needs to eat substantially more. If you do you probably need to exercise or prepare for a hike or backpacking instead of just doing it. I do that anyway.

    As for bushwhacking, one pole only makes a difference.

  • Great video. Trekking poles have helped me tremendously going uphill and keeping my balance in other terrain. I like my $55, 1.25 lb. REI Co-op Passage Trekking Poles, much better than my $140 Black Diamond poles. I found that it was usually easier to go over downed trees using my poles for balance. The only time I stopped using them was going through brush.

  • Great topic, thanks. I swore I'd never use poles as a new hiker years ago. But most overnight trips included a 25-30 lb base weight. I got poles after I felt all that weight on my ups and downs. Then I noticed I like hiking in inclement weather–and they became even more a necessity for this solo hiker. I'm at a much lower bw now but can't imagine some of the river crossings and downhills I've done in the rain without them. I love the Gossamer Gear LT5s–expensive but got 'em on sale and have no complaints–they've saved me from some trip-ending sprawls and I love them even just for reducing my spider-web diet. Not a fan of the lock-type poles 'cos they always seem to catch my pack straps, so that was a factor in my choice–along with Gossamer Gear's 5.3 oz per pole.

  • My brother and I hike locally daily and fairly often together. We both use trekking poles. He's tall and helps him downhill with a sense of center of gravity. Also he broke his back a few years ago when a bannister broke and now poles help him feel secure in general while hiking. I'm just accustomed to them post thru hikes. We get a bunch of questions. I've also questioned the energy issue….but also feel they provide a little forward momentum thus less energy it seems. I actually have devised little bag attachments to take more weight off my back and quick access to small items, and to actually add to that momentum… . . When hiking i rarely carry my poles. This is a long enough post to sheepishly throw in an aside. Sometimes you remind me of a young Lance Armstrong! And to me thats a good thing. I'm a Tour de France fan and he does an excellent and often funny commentary on it with a podcast, wedu/The Move. I've totally moved on from the past. He also says 'rad' quite a bit! I actually worked out with him twice….well… sorta kinda. He joined in with a masters swim group to train before an ironman championship qualifier (not me) in Kona . I was in the slow lane and he was in the fast lane. This was right before the shtf. ANYWAY, 😂 Thanks for the tip on the new poles. Love my cascades tho. Oh BTW from previous video… Another use for leg warmers – – when using a hip belt clip them like a muffler even over a fanny pack and can be a hand warmer or just another pocket if stuff is centered. Okay, done, whew! 😊

  • You can get a two-pack of CMT poles for $65 from Costco. Wife and I have used them for the last year or so. They are great. And at 15 oz. per pair they are lighter than many others. They do not have the shock absorbing tips that some poles have. But that's the only down side.

    BTW: Everyone needs to stop saying "super stoked". That saying has jumped the shark!!!!!!!!!!

  • I too am a “pole lok.” Use em all the time. Another con is when you use them, you don’t engage your core as much. A hiker told me he was using budget poles, put some weight on them and they collapsed, he went down and got hurt. Any pole can do that, but I feel better about a higher quality/cost pole.

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