The Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon trekking poles are based on the highly rated Komperdell Carbon Featherlight trekking poles (which are nearly identical to the Backpacking Light STIX carbon fiber trekking poles). A similar tapered carbon fiber shaft is used, as is a similarly-sized and shaped grip. However, the look is totally different.
The Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon trekking poles add a touch of class to the trail.
Unlike the Carbon Featherlight, the Nature Stick Carbon hides its carbon fiber beneath a natural bamboo overlay that is strikingly beautiful. It is a work of art, showing no seams or imperfections. Despite many months of hard usage through cold winter snowshoe trips and mid-summer downpours, the bamboo has proven quite durable, and I’ve experienced no lamination or warping issues of any kind. The graphics on the shafts are minimal and tasteful, highlighting the bamboo’s natural beauty.
A natural bamboo overlay hides a modern tapered carbon fiber shaft.
Also unique to the Nature Stick Carbon are the leather grips and straps. The shape of the grips is very similar to other Komperdell grips – comfortable and usable for a wide range of hand sizes. The leather is soft and durable and remained somewhat tacky when wet, eliminating any slippage concerns. The leather seams are highlighted by large stitching and the leather straps have a grey embroidered logo – classy.
A leather strap (left) with embroidered logo matches a leather grip (right) with large stitching.
Besides being gorgeous poles, the Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon poles are serious performers. The oversized carbon/bamboo shafts taper from 17 to 11 centimeters and are both stiff and effective at damping vibration. These poles flex only during very hard landings, making them a great choice for hikers who carry heavier packs, or need a longer pole length.
Using the 2008 Backpacking Light Pole Stiffness Test: a pack loaded with 25 pounds of water and positioned at the center of pole supported at a 100-centimeter length; deflection is then measured.
Using our new 2008 Backpacking Light Pole Stiffness Test, the Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon poles were supported in a fixed rig at a 100-centimeter length, with a 25-pound load suspended from the center of one pole. Pole deflection was then measured using calipers. The Nature Stick Carbon poles deflected just 2.7 centimeters, nearly identical to the Komperdell Carbon Featherlight and Backpacking Light STIX poles.
|Pole make and model||Amount of deflection (cm)||Pole weight|
(no baskets) oz (g)
|LuxuryLite Big Survival Stik||1.1||9.7 (275)|
|Bozeman Mountain Works Stix Pro (no longer available)||2.1||3.2 (90)|
|Pacerpole 2-section aluminum/carbon hybrid||2.5||10.9 (308)|
|Komperdell Featherlight / Bozeman Mountain Works Stix||2.6||4.8 (136)|
|Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon||2.7||5.3 (151)|
|Gossamer Gear Lightrek 3||5.1||2.8 (79)|
|Gossamer Gear Lightrek 2 (discontinued)||>9.0||2.8 (79)|
While not the lightest poles on the market, the Nature Stick Carbon poles weigh just 5.3 ounces in a 125-centimeter length. This is just 0.5 ounces more than the comparable Komperdell Carbon Featherlight and Backpacking Light STIX poles. The tapered shafts lighten the poles near the tips, lowering swing weight and making quick placements easy.
The Nature Stick Carbon poles are serious performers – light, stiff, and quite durable.
One downside of the Nature Stick Carbon poles are the tungsten/carbide tips. While the tips work fine, they only accept Komperdell-specific press-fit baskets (Black Diamond press-fit baskets are too small and won’t fit). Further, once the included baskets are installed, they are very difficult to remove. I wish these poles had come with standard Komperdell tips that accept the more common and more versatile Komperdell twist-on baskets.
If you are looking for a modern trekking pole with a classic look, the Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon poles are a fantastic choice. At approximately $142, they are expensive, but still in the ballpark of comparable carbon fiber poles. That said, tracking down a pair may prove quite difficult – you’ll need to direct your browser to a handful of sites in Germany or Russia to find them. What you’ll end up with, though, is a truly unique and beautiful set of poles that you aren’t likely to see on the trail again.
|2008 Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon Trekking Poles|
|Carbon fiber with a natural bamboo overlay|
|Tungsten Carbide Tip|
|Leather grip with leather wrist strap ("fur" wrist strap in current model)|
|5.3 oz (151 g) measured weight, 125 cm length|
|Fixed: 43-53 in (110-135 cm)|
Baskets Included? – Yes
|2.3 inch baskets weighing 0.2 oz (7 g) each|
|€ 99,90 (approx $142)|