Pacerpole Carbon 2010

Pacerpoles have been around a few years now but this carbon version shaves some of the weight off. The Pacerpole has developed a strong following due to its unique handle. The moulding is designed to sit perfectly in the hand and allow a very natural walking action with less shoulder and elbow movement. Compare the Pacerpole to any other option and it is noticeable how much more energy-efficient the design is. Unlike other poles, the wrist loops have been removed and replaced with a cord loop that can be used for security against losing the pole on uneven ground. There is a neoprene sleeve on the shaft for a better grip when traversing a slope for a few steps. The poles pack down to 66cm, which is short enough to stash easily on a pack.  But the Pacerpole Carbon’s weight and packed length are greater than most poles, which is a drawback when carrying them on the side of your pack during scrambles for example. There is no shock absorption built into the pole, although the manufacturer says it is not needed due to the unique handle. The price is higher than many other poles, so you need to be sure the benefits of the handle justify spending the extra cash.

Handle moulded thermo plastic and rubber
Shaft carbon fibre
Max length 133cm
Min length 66cm
Weight 540g per pair
Made in Taiwan
Stores in the UK 13

Verdict
The Pacerpole Carbon is the best pole we looked at,  if you want to optimise walking efficiency, but if that is not a priority then others have alternative benefits.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2010