Mountain King Supertrekker Compact (2012)

The Mountain King Supertrekker Compacts are very well-established and well-proven trekking poles. They benefit from a friction-enhancing coating on the poles, which makes them much easier to grip, especially in the wet, when you have to rotate the pole sections to lock and unlock the internal expansion mechanism. They also have a unique internal mechanism that allows the user to turn on or off the anti-shock cushioning, and again this works really well and is a great solution for when you want anti-shock on hard ground, but don’t want it on soft ground. The handle design and strap are similar to others with higher price tags, and they are comfortable. This pole has a good weight and packed length, but its maximum extended length is only 130cm, which is shorter than most. However for many users this will be long enough, although some tall people will probably benefit from a longer pole on descents occasionally.
I’ve used Mountain King Supertrekker Compacts for many years and they work well. And at only £60 a pair, they offer superb performance for the price.

 

Shaft material aluminium alloy

Handle material moulded EVA with neoprene padded strap

Maximum length 115cm

Packed length 58cm

Weight 448g per pair

Anti-shock cushioning yes

Website www.mountainking.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Mountain King Supertrekker Compact is a tried and trusted pole with improved grip on the shaft for easier length adjustment as well as a good weight and packed size for stowage on a rucksack. It win our ‘Best in Test’ award.

 

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine March 2012