Naturehike cheap lightweight trekking pole

Naturehike Ultralight Trekking Pole Review

Today we’ve got a review of the Naturehike ultralight trekking pole to share with you all. When we reviewed the 3F UL Gear Solo recently, the search was on for a cheap lightweight trekking pole to prop the tent up. We managed to find this one from Naturehike (Amazon link here) which seemed to strike exactly the right balance between weight and price. So, let’s dive into it and see how this pole performed!

Overview / Specs

Weight might not seem like an overly important factor when choosing a trekking pole, since few poles these days tend to come in at more than 500 grams or so. However, if you’re truly intent on going ultralight, then it’s important to try and shave every possible gram off your pack weight. Poles that weighs less than 200 grams seems to incur quite a big jump in price, so we were 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 and style

The 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. 

Weight

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 before, it’s always wise 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 seem 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 for us on a recent trip.

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

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The extending and collapsing bit

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 and walking bit

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 ‘plasticy‘, and I found that the wrist strap didn’t get in the way (a personal bugbear of mine with trekking poles!).

When it came time to prop up my 3F UL Gear Solo with the pole, I found it to be a quick and easy ‘slip in’. It’s definitely worth getting the hang of this pole before taking it out on the road! I had worried that carbon fibre may prove a little bit brittle, but the next morning, my trusty Solo was still standing 🙂

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

Verdict

If you’re looking for a cheap lightweight trekking pole that won’t break the bank, then this offering from Naturehike should definitely be on your gear list. There’s a knack to extending and collapsing, but once you’ve got the hang of it this is a perfectly capable little stick!

If you’d like to buy this trekking pole, you can do so on either Ali Express or on Amazon.

Well, that’s all folks! Hope you enjoyed this Naturehike trekking pole review.

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