Trekking poles look like ski poles, but they’re built for the trail. They’re also much more versatile. Runners, hikers, and backpackers alike use trekking poles for added support as they explore the backcountry. They’re useful for novice hikers and experienced backpackers alike. Trekking poles should be lightweight enough to carry for long distances, but also strong enough to brace your full weight when you need it. Traditionally designed for travel on dirt trails, trekking poles today come with interchangeable components that allow you to use them on the pavement, snow, and even on icy surfaces.