The Komperdell Carbon Ultralite Vario 4 Compact Pole is perfect for backpacking trips or hikes with long approaches where poles aren't needed. Unlike most adjustable poles that have a telescoping shaft, this pole sports an ingenious four section folding system that minimizes extra material and allows the pole to pack down to just over a foot in length. And at 165 grams per pole, the Carbon Ultralite Vario 4 is Komperdell's lightest trekking pole, meaning it won't weigh you down on long trips. Carbon keeps the shaft super light, yet also extremely stiff for reliable support. Carbon is also corrosion resistant and it won't stick when you're trying to adjust it. The Power Lock II locking system ensures your poles stay at the desired length and won't slip under pressure, and it's easy to use even with gloves on. Padded straps and Expedition foam grips help you keep a secure, comfortable grip. The Trekking Ice tip is hard enough to use on hard glacier snow and packed dirt trails alike, and the Trekking Ice basket keeps your pole from digging too deep.