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The three-section adjustable, collapsible aluminum trekking pole is overwhelmingly the most popular style on the market today. However, most of these poles weigh half a pound or more. Sure, it is possible to find a lighter pole that lacks the ability to collapse, adjust, or both. However, what about the hiker that wants all of these features without a big weight penalty?

Enter Fizan, an Italian company that has been making aluminum poles since 1947. Fizan have simplified and refined the standard trekking pole design to create the Compact - what they say is the world's lightest 3-section adjustable, collapsible pole. At a claimed 158 grams per pole, they might be right.

So, is this the trekking pole for the ultralight backpacker who wants to have their cake and eat it too?


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