Naturehike Trekking Pole Review

Naturehike cheap lightweight trekking pole

Hi folks. Today on the blog we’re taking a look at this Naturehike Trekking Pole. Recently I bought the tent and when I did the search was on for a cheap lightweight trekking pole to prop up the tent. I managed to find this one which seemed to strike the right balance between weight and price. So, let’s dive into it and see how this trekking pole performed!

Overview & Specs

Weight might not seem like an important factor when choosing a trekking pole, as most modern poles tend to come in at less than 500 grams. However, if you want to go truly ultralight, then it’s important to try and shave every possible gram from your pack weight. I’ve noticed quite a big jump in price for most poles that weigh less than 200 grams, so if you want to keep it Thrifty, you’ll probably be looking for something in the 200 – 250 grams range.

Naturehike cheap lightweight trekking pole
The Naturehike trekking pole in action, propping up a 3F UL Gear Solo

Size & Weight

This trekking pole is collapsible and has 4 sections  – 5 if you count the cap at the end of the pole. When collapsed it has a length of 36 cm, and when the pole is fully extended it has a length of 135cm. 

The pole had a stated weight of 234 grams. When we did our own weigh-in, we found it came in just a shade over at 237 grams (without the bag). As we’ve said on this blog before, it’s always best to assume that whatever you’re buying might weigh a little more (or a little less, if you’re lucky) than stated. 

Materials

The pole is made of Carbon Fibre and 7075 Aluminum Alloy. The tip of the pole is Tungsten Steel. Both the cap at the end and the grip are made from EPA Rubber, as near as I can tell. The listed specs page seems to be a little vague on that part!

Naturehike Cheap Lightweight Trekking Pole Review

So, let’s take a look at how this pole actually performed on a recent trip.

Naturehike cheap lightweight trekking pole, fully extended
The Naturehike lightweight trekking pole, fully extended

The Extending & Collapsing Part

For some reason, it took me about 5 attempts to be able to extend the pole when I first got it. There’s definitely a knack, and a lack of any real instructions didn’t help! But once you know how, it’s easy to extend and collapse in a couple of seconds. I found the storage bag that comes with the pole pretty handy for when it’s not in use as well.

The Camping & Walking Part

In the interests of full disclosure, I should say I didn’t actually do a hell of a lot of walking with this pole when I took it out. However, I’m planning to write a more in-depth review of that aspect of the pole when I get the chance. For the 30 or so minutes that I have used it for walking so far, it certainly seems comfortable and sturdy enough. The grip doesn’t feel too ‘plasticky’. I also found that the wrist strap didn’t get in the way, which is a personal bugbear of mine with trekking poles!

When it came time to prop up my Geal Solo  with the pole, I found it to be quick and easy to slip-in. I had worried that carbon fiber might prove a little bit brittle for propping up a tent, but – no midnight tent collapse for me!

Naturehike cheap lightweight trekking pole
This Naturehike offering is an ideal cheap lightweight trekking pole

Naturehike Trekking Pole – Verdict

If you’re looking for a cheap & cheerful lightweight trekking pole, then this Naturehike one will fit the bill for you perfectly. There’s a slight knack to extending and collapsing, but once you’ve done this a few times it’s very easy to master.

Well, that’s all for this week folks! I hope you enjoyed this Naturehike Trekking Pole review. 


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