Highlander Himalayan Trek 2010

The Highlander Himalayan Trek has some carbon fibre in the shaft material, which reduces the weight of this pole to a very respectable 516g per pair. Packed length is good too at just 57cm. The foam handle is well-contoured with an extension down the shaft, which makes this a very comfortable pole to grip on a variety of terrain. There is a webbing wrist loop too, which is adjusted via a buckle. This is a four-stage pole with each section incorporating an internal expanding bolt system to lock the sections in place. The pole is only 125cm long when fully extended, but for me and others up to 6ft tall this is enough.  But the Highlander Himalayan Trek’s anti-shock system is too easily switched on and off just by a slight rotation of the pole, so you are never quite sure if it is working or not. The wrist loop is not very comfortable compared to higher-priced options. Those walkers who are taller than 6ft may prefer a pole that is a little longer when fully extended.

Handle EVA foam
Shaft 70% fibreglass, 30% carbon fibre
Max length 125cm
Min length 57cm
Weight 516g per pair
Made in China
Stores in the UK 200

Verdict
The Highlander Himalayan Trek is an excellent low-priced option, but as the anti-shock turns on and off too easily it isn’t as good as it could be.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2010