Fizan is a relatively new brand to the UK and it makes some great poles, and the Everest is particularly good thanks to its weight and packed size. The pole is only 64cm long when collapsed so it sits easily on the side of the rucksack if scrambling or when otherwise not needed. The weight of just 468g a pair means you don’t mind taking them just in case they are needed. In use, the three sections of pole extend easily and lock with a conventional internal expansion device. The handle feels good to hold, and the strap is easy to adjust and comfortable too.
A tilted handle design is even more comfy, I find, but the drawback is a longer packed size, which Fizan has deliberately avoided. The Everest gets an additional neoprene grip on the shaft, which is very useful when traversing slopes or boulder fields where it is hard to keep hold of the normal handle. The pole generally works well and as I’ve been using a pair for a couple of years now they seem to perform well in the long term too.
Shaft material aluminium alloy
Handle material moulded EVA, neoprene strap
Maximum length 140cm
Packed length 64cm
Weight 468g per pair
Anti-shock cushioning no
The Fizan Everest gives good all-round performance from a pole that has good weight and packed size, and an acceptable price that makes it ideal for most hillwalkers.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine March 2012