The 9 Best Walking Sticks or Hiking Staffs to Buy in 2018

Add Stability and Style with These Walking Sticks

Walking or hiking with a single walking stick, hiking staff, or pole can give you an extra point of stability. Many people like the convenience of a folding walking stick or telescoping walking stick. You can carry it in your pack or keep it handy in your vehicle in case you decide you want to use it. Features to look for include grip comfort, weight, adjustable height, folding for storage, camera mount, and options for the tips.

Many modern sticks are made from aluminum, but you may prefer a classic wooden stick. You have opportunities to order a custom wooden stick if you want it to reflect your personality and you don't want to make your own. Here are some good options.

Leki Wanderfreund Walking Staff

If you prefer the cane grip on your walking stick, this telescoping walking stick is for you, and it includes an adjustable wrist strap. The 3-section aluminum shaft telescopes from 24 to 51 inches to pack and to adjust to terrain and height. It weighs only 10 oz. The Wanderfreund comes in regular and anti-shock models, and a lightweight carbon fiber model.

Leki Sierra Speedlock Anti-shock Travel Staff

The wood knob on the Leki Sierra is removable to expose a camera mount on this telescoping walking stick. It has a foam grip and a buckle strap. This is 3-section adjustable staff from 27 to 57 inches (69 centimeters to145 centimeters), weighing 10.5 ounces each. It comes with a rubber tip and carbide flextip, so you can take it from asphalt to the trail.

Brazos Traveler's Stick

If you love a wooden walking stick but would like one that could fit into your pack or luggage, the Traveler's Stick is a great idea. It is made in the USA. This natural oak hiking stick disassembles into three sections to store at 19 inches long each. It has a combination tip for use on pavement or trail. For an additional charge, you can have it engraved.

EarthTrekGear Folding Travel Pole

EarthTrekGear has two sizes of these folding travel poles, one for tall people and one for shorter people. You can adjust the height five inches for each version. They are and economical pole and suited for packing along and for travel. It folds to 12 inches and weighs 12 ounces.

This folding walking stick is very convenient to take along on a walk, just in case you end up needing one. It's been used by many volkssport walkers for years. It is an aluminum hiking stick that folds up (like a tent pole) to 9 inches for easy packing. It has a foam grip and your choice of a compass or a camera mount. The drawback is the high price tag, but if it saves even one slip and fall, it will be worth its weight in gold.

Whistle Creek Walking Sticks

When you want to go back to basics and get a wooden hiking stick, but one done right, Whistle Creek should be your stop. They have over 30 styles of classic wooden hiking sticks to choose from in wood varieties including hickory, sassafras, dogwood, cedar, pine, walnut, and more. They have basic and fancy designs in all price ranges.

Brazos Walking Sticks and Canes

Brazos Walking Sticks has handcrafted walking sticks and canes made in Texas. Their most popular styles include simple sticks with a leather tether, made of hickory, twisted hickory or twisted ash. They also have handcrafted cane-headed sticks. In addition, they go beyond the ordinary with exotic woods, colored wood, and one-of-a-kind sticks. Whether you want a plain stick or something unique, they can please you.

Western Wood Artist

Wooden Walking Sticks from © William Jones /

Bill Jones of Western Wood Artist crafts custom wooden walking sticks. He adds designs, inlays, knobs, straps and feathers as desired. Different designs celebrate the life history of the owner, career, military service, etc. Get creative and work with Bill to have a hiking stick that is meaningful for your walking life.

Ms Stick Custom Hiking and Walking Sticks

Ms. Stick allows you to tell your life story with a custom walking stick from Ms Sticks. Each stick is customized with symbols and items of importance to you. These make a great gift for everyone from a new graduate to a thoughtful retirement gift. No matter what age, the happy wanderer will love a custom stick.


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