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Kit Premium Portable Power Bank (2014)

£50.00

This genuinely handy high-capacity power bank features two outputs – one for smaller devices such as smartphones, and another for more power-hungry gadgets such as tablets. The Kit Premium Portable Power Bank is pleasingly solid-feeling, well-made and rather swish, featuring a button-activated display that gives you an indication of how much charge is left inside. However, it’s a bit of ...

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First test: Kelty TraiLogic Collection - PDSI sleeping mat (2014)

£70.00

The TraiLogic Collection consists of four individual products: a rucksack, tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat. What sets Kelty’s new range apart from other manufacturers, though, is that while the products can be purchased and used separately, each has been specially designed to work with the others as part of an integrated system. It’s not an entirely original concept. When ...

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Drinksafe Waterstraw (2013)

£121.00

The popular General Ecology First Need XL is now available in this new Elite version, which boasts an extra port to allow easier cleaning of the internal filter. The unit is also more durable than before. The general system of use remains unchanged though, with a filter inside the unit removing contaminants and debris from the water to make it ...

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Katadyn Vario (2013)

£85.00

The Katadyn Vario provides a very versatile level of performance that’s ideal for backpackers and travellers who need a tool to obtain clean water in a wide variety of situations. It features a filter inside that will remove bacteria and parasites, and it can remove viruses if you add some Micropur Forte tablets (silver ions combined with chlorine) to the ...

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Komperdell C3 Carbon Powerlock (2012)

£145.00

The C3 Carbon Powerlock is described by Komperdell as its lightest trekking pole, with the weight saving being attributed to the carbon pole materials used in the top two sections of the pole. The lower section is made from aluminium alloy. However it is not the lightest pole we looked at. In part the extra weight may be because this ...

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Craghoppers Superlite (2012)

£50.00

Craghoppers is best-known for its travel and walking clothing range, but the Superlite is an exceptionally good product with a very good price to match its performance. It’s a three-section pole with internal expanding locking joints similar to those featured in other poles. But you also get an anti-shock device that can be turned on or off by rotating the ...

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Trekmates Carbon Ultra-Light (2012)

£80.00

The Trekmates Carbon Ultra-Light is the lightest model on test at 424g per pair, and the weight saving comes from the use of carbon fibre pole sections. This is however not a huge weight saving over other poles here. The design of the pole is otherwise similar to others, with a handle design that is well-padded and contoured for comfort, ...

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Fizan Everest (2012)

£75.00

Fizan is a relatively new brand to the UK and it makes some great poles, and the Everest is particularly good thanks to its weight and packed size. The pole is only 64cm long when collapsed so it sits easily on the side of the rucksack if scrambling or when otherwise not needed. The weight of just 468g a pair ...

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Mountain King Supertrekker Compact (2012)

£60.00

The Mountain King Supertrekker Compacts are very well-established and well-proven trekking poles. They benefit from a friction-enhancing coating on the poles, which makes them much easier to grip, especially in the wet, when you have to rotate the pole sections to lock and unlock the internal expansion mechanism. They also have a unique internal mechanism that allows the user to ...

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Blacks Compact Pole (2012)

£50.00

The Blacks Compact Pole is very well-priced, and it also benefits from a reasonable set of features that are also well designed for its price. So you get a three-section pole that weighs in at 470g, which is very reasonable. It packs down to a good size too, so it sits neatly on a rucksack. The length adjustment is the ...

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Leki Dural 4 (2012)

£120.00

Leki is probably the best-known trekking pole company, and its poles are well-distributed – which makes it fairly easy to find spare baskets when you lose one. While most poles are made with three sections of tubing, the Leki Dural 4  has four shafts – and this has the advantage of making the collapsed size shorter than most poles. However ...

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Black Diamond Distance FL (2012)

£100.00

These poles are part of Black Diamond’s Z-Pole series, which are designed to be extremely versatile when hillwalking. On the top section of the pole they feature Black Diamond’s external Flip Lock device so there is no internal screw cam to adjust. This is then linked to the two sections of the pole by an internal rubber-coated cord, like a ...

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Komperdell Carbon Airshock 2010

£130.00

The Komperdell Carbon Airshock is a very lightweight pole, thanks to the use of carbon fibre in the shafts. The poles also feature anti-shock, which makes the lower weight even more impressive. The anti-shock can be turned on and off by rotating the pole. The pole is a full 137cm long when fully extended, which means it will benefit those ...

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Leki Thermolite XL 2010

£93.00

Leki is a well-proven trekking pole brand and the Thermolite XL is one of its latest models. It was good to see it comes with a detailed instruction swing tag, so at least users know how to use it and look after it. The Aergon handle features a quick-release design that allows the wrist loops to be loosened instantly in ...

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Mountain King Carbon Compact 2010

£70.00

Mountain King Carbon Compact poles are made in the UK – unlike most others, which are made in the Far East. As the name suggests this model has carbon pole sections to reduce weight, and at just 404g per pair they won’t weigh you down. The poles are locked in place with the useful twist-lock internal mechanism, while the lower ...

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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir

£90.00

Cascade Designs’ Therm-a-Rest self-inflating sleeping mats are now de rigueur for any self-respecting backpacker. But not content with a huge range of mats, the company has created the NeoAir, which is more compact and lighter than self-inflating mats of similar size.   DesignWithin this mat is a barrier to reflect heat back, while a Triangular Core Matrix of baffles creates ...

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Silva LX

£100.00

The manufacturer of this headtorch claims a 75m beam of light, and there are three power settings to lengthen battery life. The beam is quite narrow, making it good for picking out distant objects, while a flash setting is useful in case of emergency. You can add a red filter to prevent loss of natural night vision, and you also ...

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Mountain King Supertrekker Compact Anti-Shock

£60.00

A favourite of recent Trail trekking pole reviews, the Supertrekker does most of what most walkers want at a competitive price. So while being lower in price than the best poles here it also benefits from an exceptionally low weight and a very compact size, making it ideal for stowing on your rucksack when it is not required during winter ...

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Highlander Himalayan Trek

£50.00

These trekking poles weigh 488g; 57cm packed length; foam handle and shaft; supplied with snow and summer basket; 125cm max length; anti-shock can be turned on and off. But hand loop is not as comfy as some; anti-shock can be turned on and off too easily and may happen when walking on zigzag paths.

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General Ecology First Need

£95.00

This has been a Trail Recommended water purifier in the past and it has some major advantages over other units. Primarily, you get a huge flow rate of 1.7 litres per minute, making this ideal for those who want to filter a lot of water quickly. You also get an inlet pipe that has a prefilter and a float, and ...

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Brasher Supalite Ti

£65.00

These Supalite Ti trekking poles from Brasher have a good pack-down size, are lightweight and very comfortable. Although there’s no plastic grip to help undo/tighten the bottom section, the basket is fixed so can double up for the job. There’s no anti-shock, and care is needed when dismantling for drying, as there are loose bits of plastic that can be ...

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Kohla Evo Ultralite

£60.00

These Kohla Evo Ultralite poles are very light at 430g, with lots of good features, including a plastic grip to undo/tighten the bottom section easily. The straps look good, but aren’t all that comfortable and aren’t left or right-specific, either. There’s no anti-shock – but many walkers prefer this – though the poles could have been a little longer.

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Mountain King Super Trekker

£60.00

The Mountain King Super Trekker pole is a good, lightweight pole for the price. Powder-coated lower sections aid grip on rough terrain and there’s a comfy handle and good strap tension. They’re a nice bright colour too, so you won’t lose them in the grass. Lighter than most with good twist-lock mechanism and straps, but you may find them a ...

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