Cnoc Outdoors got its start in 2016 when Gilad Nachmani found himself with broken trekking poles near Cnoc na-Gareig in the Scottish Highlands.
Since that galvanizing moment, Cnoc has made a name for itself with its soft-sided Vecto Water Containers, which are widely used among lightweight backpackers because of their easy-to-use openings and compatibility with a variety of gravity filters.
Gilad is now bringing Cnoc full circle and back to its roots with its USA made trekking poles. Available with either a compressed cork or Eva foam grip, Cnoc’s trekking poles are sustainably made out of carbon fiber.
- 28’’ fully collapsed, 62’’ max length
- Weight: 9.6 oz per pole
- FQL with TPE grip
- Grip: compressed cork or Eva foam
- Pole: carbon fiber
- Strap: polyester and microfiber
- Tips: carbide
- Price: $189.99
I took these on a moderate 7-mile hike in the Catskills. The trail was a mixture of rocks, mud, stream crossings, and boulders. After a few days of rain and one industrious beaver, there was a lot of water flowing through the Mt. Hayden area.
These trekking poles made crossing over mud and water not just easy but fun. I felt really confident and secure having these as additional points of contact on unsteady ground. I ended up leaning heavily on these during mud/ stream crossings and up inclines made up entirely of boulders.
For something so light, it didn’t seem like it could bear a lot of weight. But there were moments of my hike where I was leaning on them entirely with utter confidence.
- Light and easy to set up
- Friction quick lock (FQL) is simple and easy to operate
- Internal thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) grip efficiently secures the carbon fiber tubes without feeling like you have to aggressively tighten it to hold
- Carbon fiber UL factor
- Doesn’t bend or vibrate like some aluminum poles
- Cork handles keep hands dry in excessively humid weather
- Comfortable hand straps (I prefer to put my hand into the straps leaving my thumb out vs. putting the strap over my wrist. For research, I tried both and found them equally comfortable).
- Easy screw tips so replacing the tips will be a piece of cake
- Made by a Certified B Corp
- Made in the USA!
- Not the cheapest trekking pole available, but also well within the pocket, especially considering they’re USA Made
- While very lightweight, there are other carbon fiber trekking poles out there that have these beat by a couple of ounces
If you’re in the market for durable, stiff and ultralight trekking poles, these are a great investment. Additionally, it’s awesome to support a Certified B Corporation that heavily promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in its business practices.