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Product Review: York Nordic Travel Folding Walking/Hiking Poles

Adjustable hiking poles that fold down to fit in a carry-on or backpack.

What is it: A pair of adjustable, folding walking/hiking/trekking poles.

Price and Where to Buy It: At the time of writing, the York Nordic Travel Folding Walking and Hiking Poles were on sale for $64.99 on York Nordic’s website and Amazon. SmarterTravel readers can use the promo code: NORDIC10 on Amazon for an extra 10 percent off.

Pros:

  • The poles can be adjusted from 42.5″ to 53″ and will fit anyone from 5’2 to 6’6
  • There is a shorter version available for people under 5’2
  • Poles collapse down to just 15.5″
  • Each pole weighs just 9 ounces
  • Made from lightweight, but sturdy aircraft grade aluminum
  • Flip locks quickly snap and stay in place for a secure fit
  • Easily pack in to the included nylon travel bag
  • Comes with a screw-on basket for snow or sand and detachable rubber feet
  • Solid tungsten steel tip won’t slip
  • Choose between nordic or trek/ski grips
  • 5-year warranty

Cons:

  • Be aware that you can only bring trekking and hiking poles on a plane in your checked baggage (not carry-on).

How it Rates:

  • Usefulness: 10/10. If you ever use a walking or hiking pole, these are perfect for any terrain.
  • Value: 9/10. With the sale price, these are on the lower cost range of most folding hiking poles, and the quality is great.
  • Portability: 10/10. These are very lightweight and fold down to be easy to pack.
  • Cool Factor: 8/10. Hiking poles aren’t the coolest item, but this portable option is pretty nifty.

Final Verdict: We will be using the York Nordics the next time we head out on a hike—no matter how far away it is. And, our walking experience over tough terrain will be much better for it.

Editor’s Note: Reviews are based on usefulness, portability, durability, value, and “cool factor.” Some review products are sent to us free of charge and with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions, positive and negative, and will never accept compensation to review a product. If you have any questions or comments concerning our reviews, or would like to suggest a product for review, please email us at editor@smartertravel.com.

(Photo: York Nordic)

By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

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