Mountain King Supertrekker Compact (2013)

An on/off switch for an in-built shock absorber sounds complicated and temperamental. Luckily it isn’t. The Mountain King Supertrekker Compact’s stand-out feature is turned on as standard. Deactivating it is as simple as tightening the twist mechanism of the middle pole a quarter of a turn beyond the locked position. This means that you can choose a cushioned effect (think soft suspension for off-roading in your car) or a standard unsprung sensation. Ideally this should mean more comfort and lessened impact when you need it most. The shaft also has a friction-enhancing coating to aid adjustment in the wet. Off the hill, the Mountain King Supertrekker Compacts disassemble easily, so that you can clean, dry and store them in a manner that lessens the risk of the expander jamming when you’re on the hill. The design of the pole in general is broader and meatier than on the lightweight-specific models (Fizan, Leki), which makes it feel more British, in a way; fitting, as Mountain King is a UK-based firm. The price is attractive too, making it easy to understand why the Supertrekker Compact won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ award when it was last featured in the mag, in March 2012.

Shaft material aluminium alloy
Handle material EVA
Max length 125cm
Packed length 59cm
Locking mechanism internal twist mechanism
Weight 440g (pair)
Website www.mountainking.co.uk

Verdict

The Mountain King Supertrekker Compacts were the best trekking poles for varied conditions in our test.

Review by Dan Aspel
First published in Trail magazine April 2013