A lightweight pair of poles with great padding. Although strong, there is a bit of flex in the shaft when fully extended. The anti-shock system is one of the most pleasant to use, with little noise when compressed and a firm, smooth action when weight is applied. The twist-lock mechanism works well enough without slipping, even in wet conditions. The poles sit well in the hand, with a dense sponge grip that works well even when wet. The foam grip also extends down the shaft of the pole for use when climbing, which avoids fiddling with the twist-locks. The wrist straps are comfortable with enough padding to support your wrists without chafing.
Material: 7075 aluminium alloy
Weight (pair): 490g
Length (packed/usable): 65/135cm
Contact: 0191 217 1217; www.mountainking.co.uk
*Published in Country Walking magazine, March 2012