REI trekking poles review

REI Co-op Flash Carbon Trekking Poles Review

Ask and you shall receive! You guys said you wanted a gear review post, so here’s the first of many! Thank you to everyone who voted on my instagram story; getting to engage with you guys as an audience really helps me create posts that you want to read!! As per usual, none of the posts on my site are sponsored and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Alright, let’s get into it!

I really lucked out since I decided to buy my poles right as REI’s summer sale was starting which means I get them for about half the price they usually retail at!



I purchased the Women’s Flash Carbon Trekking Poles, here are my thoughts:

What I Like About These Trekking Poles:

  • The carbon make-up makes these poles light yet sturdy
  • At 13.2 oz between the two poles they’re classified as ultralight
  • They pack down to about a foot each
  • The locks are easy to use which makes on trail adjustments a breeze
  • The low-profile design makes them look bad ass


What I Don’t Like About These Trekking Poles:

  • Sometimes the way I grip the handles lends itself to minor chaffing over time
  • Even though the pack down nicely the baskets get caught on things and are a pain to remove/ I’m afraid if I take them off I’ll lose them

Would I Buy These Trekking Poles Again?

Honestly? Yes! I think the chaffing will happen with any trekking poles if you’re not holding them correctly (so that’s more of a me issue if we’re being real). And my other complaint is so minor because typically when I have my poles with me they’re in use.

I’ve been rough with these poles; like hit rocks every fifth step because I was too busy doing my rendition of whatever song is queued up on my playlist rough. Not once have I worried that the treatment of my poles is going to lead to their ultimate demise.


Where Can I Buy Trekking Poles?

You can find my specific trekking poles here or you can get some trekking poles with over 3,000 reviews for $20 on Amazon.

You can even score some discounted trekking poles from REI Garage!


Question: What trekking poles are you rocking and what do you like about them?

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