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The previous generation 2006 Gossamer Gear Lightrek pole was a staff favorite and received the highest rating among fourteen poles reviewed in our 2006 Carbon Fiber Trekking Pole Review Summary and Gear Guide. They were comfortable to use, had excellent grips, and were incredibly light. However, the Gossamer Gear poles did have some drawbacks - they were more flexible than other poles and had a bad habit of losing baskets on the trail.

The new Gossamer Gear Lightrek 3 poles address both of these concerns, and have some major improvements over the previous model. The poles feature all-new shafts that are made of tapered carbon fiber that are both larger in diameter and significantly stiffer than the previous models. They use the same excellent grips but a better Leki-style tip is used. The best news about all of this is that the weight remains exactly the same as the previous Lightrek (2.8 ounces in a 125 centimeter length), making these poles the lightest on the market once again.


  • Introduction
  • What's Good
  • What's Not So Good
  • h2*Specifications
  • Performance
  • What's Unique
  • Recommendations for Improvement

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