Black Diamond Trail Shock Compact

The rubber grips are superbly contoured and the straps are luxurious, so these feel superb in the hand. Feature flip-lock length adjustment, rather than the usual twist-lock, and an anti-shock mechanism that uses air damping rather than a spring and is actually built into the grip. Superbly made from top-quality materials and certainly have no problem taking the knocks, but they are quite heavy and don’t extend as far as most. True contenders but a lot of money.

VITAL STATS
Materials:
Aluminium shaft
Sections: 3
Min/max walking length: 62cm/128cm
Weight (pair): 590g
Anti-shock: Yes
Contact: 01629 580484; www.firstascent.co.uk