Made from carbon, which makes them incredibly light and a good option for travelling or those not keen on an upper body workout. They do have quite a bit of flex, which isn’t necessarily great for when you’re putting a lot of weight on them. In addition, the twist-lock system isn’t particularly effective. The tested pair did slip after prolonged use, and proved to be difficult to lengthen easily, with a very tight fitting to the top section. The grips aren’t the most comfortable of those tested. They do have a have a rubberised finish that provides some grip, but the grooves are a little awkward.
Weight (pair): 468g
Length (packed/usable): 64/135cm
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Published in Country Walking magazine, March 2012