The Montem Ultralight Carbon Fiber trekking poles took second place in our test in large part due to its ultralight weight, 100 percent carbon fiber dampening design, and innovative and comfortable grip.
At 15 ounces (428 grams) the Montem Ultralight Carbon Fiber trekking poles were one of the lightest models we tested.
The minimum collapsed size of the Montem Ultralight Carbon Fiber trekking poles 24 inches and it was noted that these collapsed shorter than all other non-folding models. However, they still proved too big for carry-on travel and for climbers wishing to stow them in small alpine-style backpacks.
The Montem Ultralight Carbon Fiber trekking poles had one of the most comfortable grips, employing a “faux cork handle” made of a high-density foam, which felt warm with our cold-handed testers yet still plenty comfortable in hot weather for those with sweaty hands. A softer EVA foam is wrapped below with a comfortable protruding pommel at the bottom which made for easy “choking down” while scrambling up short steep sections of trail.
The unique grip used on the Montem Ultralight Carbon Fiber trekking poles was the most talked about feature followed by the 100 percent carbon fiber construction that did reduce vibration feedback to the tester on long sections of hard packed trail. Testers also liked the small amount of gel-like foam in the adjustable wrist straps for long distance comfort and the glove friendly, tool-less adjustability of the tension on the locking mechanism. The only negative being this mechanism was noticeably bulkier than the other models in the test.
After hundreds of miles, the Montem Ultralight Carbon Fiber trekking poles only show minor cosmetic wear and feel very durable in hand. While no trekking pole can be indestructible these had a distinctly robust feel to them.
David is a self proclaimed snow & navigation geek and teaches all aspects of climbing and avalanche safety for Eastern Mountain Sports Schools in North Conway, NH. He tests GPS's for the Gear Institute.