Poles improve your balance and spread the work from two limbs to four. But they can get in the way when you need your hands for something else. Enter new ultracompacts that telescope so small that you can stash them in your CamelBak. CAMP's Xenon Trek, an avalanche-probe-style four-section pole, packs the smallest and is the most affordable. 9 oz
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