Please Note: All hiking poles are sold as single pole. The LT4S has a wrist strap, the LT4 does not. The camera mount accessory will only work with the strapped version.
Gossamer Gear is proud to offer the Lightrek™ 4, or LT4S, trekking poles. Click the SPECS button for weight. They are adjustable from 90cm to 130 cm for hiking, but go up to140 cm for using to set up a shelter. Easy to use and feature a new spiral wrap at the tip section for added durability where you need it most. Assembly and adjustment of the Lightrek™ 4's is as easy as can be, just insert the tip section into the grip section and give it a few twists to expand the locking mechanism until it's snug. The Lightrek™ 4's feature the same fully ergonomic EVA "Kork-o-lon" grips and a hardened carbide tip accepts Leki™ brand baskets. One basket is included with each pole. The price is for a single pole. Elegant, simple, strong and gorilla-tested, these poles are everything you need and nothing you don't. Please review the Warranty page prior to purchase.
- Custom-manufactured carbon fiber for optimum strength to weight ratio
- Spiral Wrap at the tip section for added durability
- Carbide tip
- Small trekking baskets included
- Small spectra core loop below handle for attaching a "keeper" cord
- Floats, in case you drop it in a stream
Gossamer Gear Pole Primer from Willis Wall on Vimeo.
- LT4 4.1 oz. (119 g.) per pole (no strap)
- LT4S 4.6 oz (130 g.) per pole (wrist strap)
- Trekking baskets add 0.4 oz. (11 g.) each
- Travel Tube is 12.5 oz. (354 g.)
- Adjustable from 90 cm. (35.5 in.) to 140 cm. (55 in.)
- 84 cm. (33 in.) completely closed
- upper section: 74 cm. (29 in.)
- lower section: 81 cm. (32 in.)
Travel Tube has a 36 in. (91 cm.) length and a 3 in. (8 cm.) inside diameter
NOTE: Tip section length can vary slightly
- Custom spec tapered carbon fiber tubing
- EVA "Kork-O-Lon" foam grips
- Carbide tip
- Travel Tube: Heavy-duty industrial grade cardboard
- Matte Black poles
- Tan handles
- Travel Tube: Kraft brown
Awesome UL polesReview by Cliff
If your looking for ultra light poles & understand that there is a slight trade off between being ultra light & durability then these poles are great! Ive got about 500 miles on them so far & the only issues I've had is: the locking mechanism can be finicky, the straps aren't the most comfortable, & the carbide tips have worn out. The near weightlessness of these poles outweighs any of these issues though. Spider webs all over the trail & you want to use your pole to break the trail? No problem, you can hold these out in front of you all day without your arms getting too tired. Eating with one hand while you walk? No problem to carry both poles in one hand. Trail over grown & not conducive to using poles? No problem, carry one in one hand & keep the other extended in front of you to push back the undergrowth & you wont even notice your carrying a pole. Oh, & they're pretty sweet for walking big miles also. If miles & weight are your number one priorities then you've found your poles. If your a little heavy handed, more comfort minded, or going somewhere where you cant afford to have your poles fail then you might need to keep looking. Happy trails! (Posted on 7/25/15)
Best aroundReview by CSN
After much hand wringing over what to get for my first set of trekking poles, and horror at the weight of most other poles on the market, I am delighted to have made the right choice. Unbelievably light, yet strong enough to take my 185lbs if they're not abused. Their fully compressed length is rather long but that's the price of a lighter 2-section pole. They still tuck alongside my pack well enough, not that they spend much time packed! Did I mention they're light? Carrying both in one hand still felt like nothing, and they swing with minimal feeling of inertia. The grips are soft and comfortable with handy little loops off the bottom for clipping to your pack with a mini S-biner, etc.
The locking mechanism can have some sticky moments; cleanliness is key and you might want to get a rifle cleaning rod to get up in the top section on a regular basis with a scrap of rag. Otherwise it has not failed me or ever come loose.
My only wish is for 1/4-20 thumbscrew or wingnut-head on the strap attachment screw so I can pop the straps off and my camera on without needing a screwdriver (or scratching everything up using my knife as one.) The GG camera mount is unpallatable at $15 for an inch of threaded rod!
If you care about light weight (and I guarantee your shoulders and elbows do!) and still want something that collapses for storage, you've come to the right place! (Posted on 6/1/15)
Best Poles Ever & Surprising StrongReview by Lorenzo
Phenomenal and almost twice as light as ultralight alternatives like "Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork" (which I also own). Honestly, don't hesitate if you are thinking about buying these. I have abused them now for almost 2 years in all 4 seasons and they have been near perfect. The only minor issue as has been mentioned before is that sometimes the lock mechanism seems to get stuck due to changes in temperature (like on cold mornings). Buy the LT4s and not the LT4Ss. I bought the latter and i found the straps both uncomfortable and unnecessary. (Posted on 5/15/15)
Great Poles with Minor FlawsReview by Michael
I bought the LT4S trekking poles for my hike on the Camino de Santiago from Switzerland to Fisterra/Muxía in Spain (around 1,440 miles). I love them for their lightweight and general strength and will use the again. The locking mechanism works great and holds up well, but you need to know a few tricks: when the poles have been closed for a longer time, you won't be able to shift them without fully opening them and taking the two parts completely apart. Then, you need to loosen the completely opened screw a bit and put the two parts together again, otherwise, they won't lock again. When you know this, you will realize that they work very reliably. This experience just doesn't add to a very professional impression of the poles. The biggest flaw, however, is that the front part with the pole tip is way too soft. After the first 300 miles they started to bend slightly and stayed bent for the rest of the trip (and still are bent, now that I'm back to Switzerland again; I guess they will stay bent for the rest of their life). I think that this shouldn't happen with such expensive gear. So five stars to the lightweight and general quality, but there has some work to be done on the points mentioned here, especially when considering the high price they cost (these are some of the most expensive trekking poles on the market). NOTE FROM GOSSAMER GEAR : 1) The tips can be replaced by sending the poles to our shop ( which may not be cost effective to send from Europe) 2) It is recommended the poles be pulled apart each night and wiped down with a rag or towel to help with adjustment. (Posted on 3/1/15)
Lightest poles I've usedReview by Heather
I don't love trekking poles so I am always looking for something light that I won't mind carrying on my back when I'm annoyed with having them in my hands. The LT4S is it.
They are exceptionally light and easy to carry.
As with all twist lock poles they have issues tightening and staying tightened. 95% of the time they are great, but I've noticed in cold weather they can be a bear to tighten.
They only collapse into two parts. This means when stowed in your pack you will definitely get asked if you've caught any fish. You'll also probably catch them on a bush or tree and be really confused for a few seconds. (Posted on 2/20/15)
Best pole on the marketReview by Trinity
These poles are so light that you can casually walk with both of them in one hand when you don't want to actually use them. I like this because I switch off and on between using my poles but don't like to always stow them. Grips are comfortable and I like that you can remove the straps (which I did). (Posted on 11/26/14)
Best and lightest poles on the marketReview by Darren
These poles are super light at only 4.1 oz per pole and they are super durable. I have used these on a 55 mile stretch from front royal to harpers ferry on the AT and on countless day hikes and a few multi day hikes. These will be my go to poles for my 2017 AT thru hike. I would reccomend these to everyone who hikes with poles. (Posted on 10/18/14)
Nothing comparableReview by Lynne
I just finished the 600-mile Israel National Trail, its last 220 miles being hard-core Negev desert. The pole performed very well, not only as a wonderful trekking aid but also as a monopod for my GoPro Hero 3 and finally, as a pole for "The One" tent.
It takes a while to get used to the "funky" nature of the locking mechanism. You might be turning the section for 15 seconds...30 seconds... ...60 seconds...wondering if it's ever going to "catch." Thankfully it always did.
The boot wore out after 500 miles. The metal tip poked through the rubber bottom. I really liked the boot, as it took most of the shock out of each pole plant. Plus it kept the tip from getting caught in cracks.
As the lightest pole on the market I never experienced fatigue holding it all day long. It was indispensable in negotiating terrain that made Maine's Mahoosuc Notch seem like child's play in comparison.
(Posted on 5/4/14)
Love these poles!Review by Beatrice
My daughter and I walked the 500 mile Camino de Santiago in November 2013 and were so glad we had our LT4 trekking poles! They are so lightweight, we hardly noticed we were carrying them, and they were indispensable for up hills, downhills, navigating scree, and just general ease of hiking. After a really windy day, I rigged up a sort of strap, using hair doodles, only because the poles were so light, I feared one might blow right our of my hand. After that, we didn't run into anymore strong winds of course, so didn't need the "straps." The only downside was that one pole seemed a bit persnickety, in below freezing temperatures the mechanism wouldn't stay extended. Once the temperature reached 40 degrees or so, it would work fine. The pole did the same thing yesterday when we hiked Pilot Mountain in NC, in the snow. At the rangers station, I held it under the hand dryer in the restroom and, after blasting it with warm air, it worked fine. It was a bit inconvenient, but it was only one of the poles, so I don't know what's up with that. Otherwise, we absolutely love these poles. They are durable and, did I mention, really light. On the Camino, people were amazed at how light they were. They are priced well, it is nice that you can buy a pair or just one. I really, really appreciate the light weight...no more hand cramps! Buy the LT4's, you will be glad you did! (Posted on 1/17/14)
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