The handles of these walking poles from Leki are designed specifically for left and right hands, and are very comfortable, with an easily adjustable and secure strap, and a good foam grip. They are light and brilliantly easy to manoeuvre while feeling very secure under pressure. They are simple to adjust, with a positive twist-lock mechanism. The poles have a compact pack-down length, but fully extended they are shortish, so not ideal for taller walkers.
Verdict: Great, lightweight and robust poles. Winners on three counts – comfort, weight and performance.
Length: 62-130cm (three sections)
Handle: Ergometric Compact Long; Automatic Mesh Compact strap
Pole: 16/14/12 aluminium HTS 6.5; carbide tip
Contact: 01250 873863; www.ardblairsports.com