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Pacerpole Carbon (2015)

£87.00

www.pacerpole.com DesignThe biomechanically designed angled handle subtly utilises the leverage of your arm when walking, applying power to your stride; an attribute poles with wrist straps aim for. Many Pacerpole users extol their long distance and slope performance. The 3-section carbon shaft has a good adjustment range and a quality internal locking system. Single poles are available direct. 5/5 FeaturesThere’s ...

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Helinox Passport TL130 (2015)

£130.00

www.helinox.eu DesignHelinox is a new cutting-edge brand specialising in lightweight gear. The 3-section Passport has a clever breakdown style, with a snap-lock button sealing the tension into a shock-cord design. A single internal twist-lock adjusts length. Although reliant on the cord, this makes them very light and the DAC aluminium tubing – found in tent poles – is designed to ...

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Leki Albula Lite (2015)

£100.00

www.leki.com DesignTrekking poles are modified ski poles. As Leki makes ski poles, it’s a fair assumption that its walking poles will be pretty good, and the Albula certainly seems to fit the bill. It features double trigger locks, very light aluminium material (despite the word ‘titanium’ appearing on the shaft, see below) in three telescopic sections and a fantastic range ...

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Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock (2015)

£110.00

www.blackdiamondequipment.com DesignBlack Diamond poles have a very good reputation for durability married to function, and while you’re paying close to top dollar, the evidence is you’re investing wisely. A three-section telescopic design, the FlickLock Pro locking system developed by Black Diamond is an incredibly strong all-metal design, and the shaft – grippy and, again, all-metal – feels far and away ...

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Mountain King Super Trekker (2015)

£65.00

www.mountainking.co.uk DesignPacking an excellent feature set, the 3-section Super Trekker STD is well-proven as an ideal, very-good-value pole for the UK hills. Length is tweaked to a massive range of adjustment via a smooth-running, robust internal locking mechanism that looks very well-built, and the strong telescopic design comes in a whisker shorter than the Alpkit Carbonlite Ultra when collapsed. A ...

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Komperdell Approach Vario 4 (2015)

£130.00

www.komperdell.com DesignAustrian stalwart of walking pole design Komperdell is a specialist, and it shows. The Vario 4 is the next generation of a line of carbon poles that feature a unique, threaded screw-in design for the two lower sections with one power-lock quick-release trigger beneath the handle to tweak length. The drawback of this is a limited adjustment range (25cm), ...

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Trekmates Locklite (2015)

£60.00

www.trekmates.co.uk DesignThis 4-section design has one trigger-lock clip beneath the handle, which allows fast length tweakage without bending down or twisting the pole. The rest collapses in sections with dual shock-cords tensioning them together. Material is aluminium, with a foam handle and fleece-lined strap. Broken down (including the handle section), the pole is an impressive 32cm: shorter than the stated ...

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Alpkit Carbonlite Ultra (2015)

£45.00

www.alpkit.com DesignA 3-section carbon offering from online quality/value-monger Alpkit (the original Carbonlite was its first ever product), this very light pole – among the lightest available – is strong, stiff and very functional. The handle is foam with a foam-lined strap, and the pole collapses using a basic, traditional internal twist-lock adjustment mechanism. The collapsed length is 67cm, which is ...

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Petzl Nao (2015)

£145.00

FeaturesIn ‘Reactive’ mode the Petzl Nao automatically adjusts output from 7 lumens to 575 lumens to suit the distance to the subject. When set in ‘static mode’ the maximum output is 420 lumens with a maximum beam of 135 metres and it can burn at 120 lumens for 8 hours. It is supplied with a rechargeable battery but it can ...

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Mammut X-Sun (2015)

£260.00

FeaturesWith the Mammut X-Sun you get an outstanding 950 lumens of power that can last for 2½ hours, which is far brighter than most headtorches. There is a boost feature that gives you a 200m beam for 20 seconds, while on minimal power the battery will last for 40 hours. The battery pack has to be recharged from the mains ...

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Black Diamond ReVolt (2015)

£70.00

FeaturesThe Black Diamond ReVolt can be used with three AAA alkaline batteries, or you can fit rechargeables and use a USB cable to power them up in situ by plugging this into your laptop, solar panel or battery pack. The 130 lumens is achieved with alkalines and 90 lumens by rechargeables. On minimum power (4 lumens) you get 300 hours ...

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Alpkit Viper (2015)

£14.00

FeaturesThe Alpkit Viper’s low price is a big feature, but here you are also getting 100 lumens of light output, which is ideal for general hillwalking, and this lasts for 40 hours – great for most campers and walkers. The three AAA batteries fit easily into the main housing and there is a big button for operation on the top ...

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Petzl Myo (2015)

£80.00

FeaturesThe Petzl Myo is a regular winner of Trail awards, thanks to the blend of features that now include more power as you get 280 lumens, creating a 105m beam that can last for 45 hours. All that is from just three AAA batteries, which you can easily change as needed. A flip-down lens allows you to switch from broad ...

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Lifesystems Intensity (2015)

£25.00

FeaturesUnusually for this price you get a separate battery pack at the rear of the headband, as well as the main headlamp. There are three AA batteries supplied to create the 220 lumens of power that provides an 85 metre beam for 11 hours, which is really impressive at this price. A sliding diffuser adds wide beam, while a single ...

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Edelrid Vacuum Bottle 2014

£20.00

Edelrid’s Vacuum Bottle is impressive. It comes in three sizes, all with a screw-cup lid and a pourer that you depress to allow liquid out. The cup has a plastic moulding around the lip area, to prevent burns. You have to be a little more careful screwing the cup on, though, as it tends to cross-thread more easily than other ...

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Lifeventure TiV Vacuum Flask 2014

£19.00

This black anodised torpedo design, which comes in four sizes, is pretty cool! There is a screw-cup lid with the contents sealed by an additional plastic pourer that you depress to allow liquid to flow out. This works very well, although it would be better if there was a plastic covering around the lip of the cup too. The temperature ...

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