These poles had me at “carbon,” but what truly sets them apart is that they’re specifically engineered for a female frame, right down to the precise handle angle that preserves a natural wrist position when you take them hiking, mountaineering or trail running. My favorite feature is the SpeedLock2 system, which allows the poles to easily adjust in length between 100 and 120 centimeters, meaning more than one lady in your household can use them. They’re pack-friendly, folding down to just 38 centimeters, and weigh a slight 14.96 ounces per pair. Adjustable hand straps can be locked in place, and the carbide Flex Tips help reduce the likelihood of pole breakage. The baskets can be changed for all seasons and conditions. $200; leki.com

Shalini Kovach is a regular contributor to Terrain Magazine.