These trekking poles double as a tripod and selfie stick for better shots on your next hike

Screenshot of Ulanzi TT35 hiking tripod
The trekking pole/tripod combo is on pre-order, but it's already won a Red Dot design award (Image credit: Ulanzi)

How many times have you balanced your smartphone on a rock cairn, set the timer, dashed across a rocky summit to grab the perfect hiking selfie only to watch the wind blow your phone onto the ground before your 10 seconds are up?

It's no secret that most of us love to come back from a hike with some great snaps, but outdoor photography can be tricky, especially if you like to adventure solo. An innovative new design from camera accessory company Ulanzi promises to solve this problem with a set of trekking poles that transform into a tripod, a monopod and a selfie stick.

The Ulanzi TT35 is described by the company as  the "perfect tool for amateur or professional photographers and hunters who seek adventure in the great outdoors." The kit includes three carbon fiber collapsible walking poles with foam, sweat-wicking handles and wrist straps as well as a mini tripod to connect the three together and an adapter. That means enthusiastic hikers can set up their cameras to take great outdoor shots if they're willing to carry the whole 5 kg kit, or use the monopod for a trimmed-down version, while those who just want to grab a quick selfie can bring along two poles and the adapter for under a kilo.

The kit is currently on pre-order, so we haven't had a chance to test it out, but according to the website it's already won a Red Dot award for design. From a spec standpoint, compared to the Leki Cross Trail Lite Carbon which we rated as some of the best lightweight trekking poles, the TT35 are 134 grams heavier (per pair) and about two inches shorter when fully extended, and could be ideal for photographers who like to take the pressure off on the trail.

Currently reduced to $235.99 from a retail price of $290.98, the TT35 Hiking Stick Tripod Kit is available from Ulanzi and expected to start shipping May 10.

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke is a staff writer for and the author of the book Restorative Yoga for Beginners. She loves to explore mountains on foot, bike, skis and belay and then recover on the the yoga mat. Julia graduated with a degree in journalism in 2004 and spent eight years working as a radio presenter in Kansas City, Vermont, Boston and New York City before discovering the joys of the Rocky Mountains. She then detoured west to Colorado and enjoyed 11 years teaching yoga in Vail before returning to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 to focus on family and writing.