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The MSR SureLock UL-3 Trekking Pole remains light in weight and uses a three-section design for compact packing so there's no reason to leave it behind even if you do like to hike light.

  • 7000 series aluminum provides durability and a light weight of 14.4oz per pair
  • SureLock system connects the three pole segments with a precise slip-free rolling lock pin
  • SureLock system provides quick, secure, and intuitive length adjustment
  • Poles can be collapsed to just 24 inches in length for compact packing
  • Ergonomic foam grip fits comfortably in your hand
  • Included trekking basket is ideal for a wide range of terrain
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I would buy these poles again

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's hard to compare all of the features of each pole, so I was lucky, I have a gearhead friend who did it for me. These are the lightest, and compact to the smallest, of any of the poles. I have now been on 4 day-long hikes with them and they are great. They are sturdy and light and collapse easily. I think the only thing I would change is to make the straps removeable. I never use them, at least haven't used them yet, and they would make these light poles even lighter. On my next backpacking trip I just might figure out how to get them off, hopefully so I could later put them back on if I wanted to.

Eric Larsen on MSR Poles

New MSR� Poles with SureLock? Technology are changing expectations of what a pole should be. For polar adventurer, guide and educator Eric Larsen, they're an integral part of his expedition gear. Eric demands light weight, ease of use and durability from his gear as he travels to the world's most remote places, including Antarctica. MSR� TR and UL Series poles deliver him this with the precision engineering and legendary reliability of MSR.

Light and Sturdy-ish

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I opted to spend the extra money on these because they are light, come with trekking baskets and snowshoe baskets, pack down to fit inside my MSR snowshoe bag, and MSR has never let me down. The pin system is really easy to use even with big mittens on. At first they felt flimsy because they are light, but there is almost no lateral travel at the joints, and I am confident the will stand the test of time.The snowshoe basket is shaped in such a way that it makes flipping the televator heel on their ascent snowshoes really easy, but the baskets should be a bit larger for deep light snow. My big complaint is the straps, the friction mechanism is a total nuisance and pops loose too often, but maybe I just haven't figured out the best way to set it up. This complaints makes me question whether it is worth the high sticker-price.


I am dropping these down from 4 stars to three because they have not held up as durably as most MSR products. Granted I am hard on gear and shouldn't have gotten ultralight poles.