Blacks Compact Walking Pole

These walking poles from Blacks have a very comfortable foam grip, but the wedge-system for adjusting the straps is a bit fiddly. Once adjusted, they feel secure. They have a short pack-down size due to their four-section design, but the extra section makes them fussier to adjust. The extra lock also means an additional feature potentially to go wrong. And with no numbered height markers on bottom sections, they are difficult to adjust correctly.

Verdict: Excellent choice for travelling as they pack down short. Good value, too.

Length: 58-135cm (four sections)

Weight: 258g

Anti-shock: No

Handle: Foam; neoprene strap

Pole: Alloy; carbide tip

Contact: 0800 665410; www.blacks.co.uk