Review: Paria Outdoor Products Trekking Poles

Sometimes it just feels like Christmas. Not because it’s snowing outside or it’s December but because you feel like you’ve received a great gift under the tree. I had a recent “Christmas in July” moment when I opened the Amazon package from Paria Outdoor Products and had a first look my bright, shiny new trekking poles.

I’ve spent a lifetime hiking trails all around the U.S. I started in the days of canvas external frame packs and iodine water purifying tablets. For the first twenty years of my adult life, I never even carried a sleeping pad. Surely, I would never need a hiking stick, let alone trekking poles. Alas, time has a way of softening your body and your mind and I found myself warming up to the idea that my knees might appreciate a little help.

I knew I wanted something lightweight and collapsible and while I am not averse to paying good money for quality gear, I am very okay with a good deal. I found both with Paria Outdoor Products Tri-Fold Carbon Cork Trekking Poles! Priced considerably less  than some other more popular brands, I have to admit that I was somewhat cautious about making this purchase  After having put them to the test in the Canadian Rockies, I can say I am very impressed! I bought two pair and enlisted the help of my two lovely assistants to test them out.

Plains of Six Glaciers Trail, Banff National Park

At just 18 ounces per pair, these lightweight little beauties proved strong, easy to assemble and easily adjustable. They come complete with a snow basket, rubber cap and storage bag and I found the cork handle very comfortable. Breakdown and setup was a breeze and took just a few seconds. The length is easily adjustable with a quick release mechanism allowing for fast adjustment as you transition from going uphill to downhill. Made with a carbon fiber shaft and 7075 aluminum connectors, this is a strong pole that’s going to last for many adventures. At around $58/ a pair, I am sure you will be as pleased as I was to get a little trail help for the knees. Trek on my friends!

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