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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker Regular (2014)

£125.00

There really isn’t a lot to dislike about the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker Regular. It’s lightweight (512g), fits into a barely noticeable 20x10cm stuffsack, and is so comfortable it almost feels like a portable bed. Light sleepers may be put off by the crinkling sound it generates if you move around in the night, but most people would never notice it. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
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MSR SureLock TR-3 2012 (2012)

£113.00

The SureLock range of poles is MSR’s first entry into the competitive trekking pole market. It aims to tackle the classic problem of trekking poles – namely poor locking mechanism – by having a unique SureLock adjustment system, which relies on an internal pin that locates into a series of apertures on the inside of the tubes. The locking pins ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Pacerpole Carbon 2010

£87.00

Pacerpoles have been around a few years now but this carbon version shaves some of the weight off. The Pacerpole has developed a strong following due to its unique handle. The moulding is designed to sit perfectly in the hand and allow a very natural walking action with less shoulder and elbow movement. Compare the Pacerpole to any other option ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Black Diamond Trail Compact 2010

£65.00

For many years Black Diamond poles have featured a FlipLock camming system to allow the poles to be adjusted in length and firmly locked in place. This system has been well-proven and does not appear to suffer from the common failings of the internal expanding cam design used by other brands. This single feature of the Black Diamond Trail Compact ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Trekmates Compact Slim Line 2010

£50.00

The low price of the Trekmates Compact Slim Line pole is instantly attractive, and the weight is very low too compared to some other options. Part of the weight saving may be due to the shorter overall length, as when fully expanded these are only 117cm long. I’m 6ft tall and for me that length was fine. This is a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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MSR Quick 2 System 2009

£60.00

With the MSR Quick 2 System  you get an aluminium pan set with a 2.5 and 1.5 litre pot and a lid with straining holes. A removable pan grip can be fitted to either pan. You also get two polypropylene dishes for eating from, as well as a pair of insulated stainless steel cups. But the unusual shape of the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Exped Downmat 7 Pump

£110.00

Sleeping mats are essential to reduce heat loss through the ground. According to Exped, heat loss through convection through the ground can be greatly reduced by adding down to the air chambers inside the sleeping mat – and since down compresses so well, this form of insulation allows a tiny packed size too. DesignThe more air pockets trapped inside the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Pacerpole

£78.00

These trekking poles have been around a few years now and developed a select following among those lucky enough to have experienced their unique handles. The handle is a moulded rubber design that sits perfectly in the hand and allows a very natural walking action with less shoulder and elbow movement. Compare this to any other pole, and it is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Black Diamond Spire

£80.00

The Black Diamond Spire trekking pole is unique in having elliptical pole shaft sections. This means you can handle the pole far more easily than a conventional round-shafted design. Furthermore, you get greater stiffness in the pole – which is useful when on steep descents where you are applying extra twist and stress on the poles as you negotiate rough ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Kohla EVO Micro Tour

£70.00

If you plan on stowing your trekking poles on your rucksack for long periods while scrambling or mountaineering or making winter ascents with ice axe in hand, then this is the best choice by a long way. The big advantage of this pole over its rivals is that it has a packed length of only 56cm, so you can stow ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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TSL Queryras

£65.00

These trekking poles weigh 539g per pair; summer, winter and deep snow baskets provided; 67cm packed length; 145cm max length; foam handle; padded hand loop; supplied with storage bag. But no anti-shock; unique basket attachment design means you cannot use other manufacturers’ baskets in an emergency; basket attachment method is relatively tricky to use.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Craghoppers Outdoor Compact Pole

£60.00

These trekking poles weigh 540g per pair; 54cm packed length; exceptionally comfortable cork handle. But max length is only 95cm, which is too short for most adults when holding shaft, although acceptable if held like walking stick; no anti-shock; basic webbing hand loop.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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Leki Makalu Soft Anti-Shock

£57.00

These trekking poles weigh 538g; packed length 69cm; anti-shock; rubber handles; soft, padded hand loops; 135cm max length; good all-rounder; SLS system prevent poles unlocking when twisted 360 degrees while walking; beautifully finished shafts. But others are lighter and have softer handles.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Leki Soft Antishock

£60.00

These Leki Antishock trekking poles are hard to beat. They’re an excellent design with left/right-specific hand straps for comfort. This is one of few designs where the anti-shock works properly. There’s no means of gripping the bottom section, so they may be difficult to undo in winter, although we found the twist-locks easy to adjust and secure under load. That ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Trekmates Trail Lite

£50.00

This Trail Lite trekking pole from Trekmates has a comfy handle design, but the buckle-free strap keeps coming loose and the stiff anti-shock tends to lock itself into the ‘off’ position. This is one of the heaviest designs on the market, despite its name. Fairly easy to adjust: the three sections stay in place most of the time. They could ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Switch Sticks Hiking

£55.00

These trekking poles from Switch Sticks come in fancy colours and have a good handle, but there’s a thin strap with a fiddly buckle. Heavy, and they also vibrate annoyingly in use. The twist-lock doesn’t feel as secure as some, and nor were the baskets, making them too easy to lose. They’re let down by very poor straps and handles. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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