Blacks Compact Pole (2012)

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 usual internal expansion bolt design, and this works well. The handle is a moulded rubber design, which is not as comfortable as the higher-priced padded options, but it is still not as uncomfortable as some more basic designs either. The wrist loop is well-padded and easy to adjust, and uses the same adjustment design as other poles in its price band from Pennine, Mountain King and Fizan for example. There is no extra padding on the shaft, though, which is something higher-priced poles benefit from. For the money this is a great pole and well worth a closer look if this is your budget, but if you can afford more cash you can get a more comfy handle.

 

Shaft material aluminium alloy

Handle material EVA foam

Maximum length 135cm

Packed length 61cm

Weight 470g per pair

Anti-shock cushioning no

Website www.blacks.co.uk

Verdict

The Blacks Compact Pole  is a well-designed pole for the hillwalker who has a budget of £50 and does not want to pay more for the benefits extra cash brings.

 

Review by Graham Thompson