These carbon trekking poles have super-comfy contoured EVA handles, which extend a short way down the shaft – ideal for steep traverses – and lovely soft, padded straps with a standard wedge-style adjustment that works well enough, but is more fiddly than some. They’re usable from around 100cm to 140cm – a decent range that should cover just about everyone – and, because of their light weight, they are easy to walk with and accurate to plant. Although made from lightweight carbon, they’re tough enough to withstand the rough and tumble of even the highest mountains. The Powerlock locking system (flip-lock design) didn’t slip at all during our test – a definite plus – and they still look good, with just a few scratches on the lower section. Easier to carry and are generally more versatile than other models.
Length: 68-140cm (three sections)
Handle: Full foam
Pole: Carbon fibre
Contact: 0191 516 5770, www.brasher.co.uk
Verdict: Light, yet incredibly tough trekking poles, with comfy handles and straps, and a superb flip-lock locking system. Hard to fault in your hand and on your pack.