Pacerpole Carbon (2015)

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Design

The biomechanically designed angled handle subtly utilises the leverage of your arm when walking, applying power to your stride; an attribute poles with wrist straps aim for. Many Pacerpole users extol their long distance and slope performance. The 3-section carbon shaft has a good adjustment range and a quality internal locking system. Single poles are available direct. 5/5

Features

There’s no doubting the thinking: Pacer stands for Physiotherapist, Architect, Clinician, Engineering, Research, and its website has a huge amount of detail explaining the product. You can get extras such as mitts and camera mounts to round out the product. The dismantled length of 52cm is impressive for such a ‘designed’ pole, handles are L- and R- specific, and there is an elastic lash cord. 5/5

Comfort

Again, you’ll either love them or you won’t use them. The trick is to not grip too hard, as you don’t need to; the Pacerpole Carbons engender a different style of use and once you are familiar with it, it is easy to feel the benefits. The handle plastic isn’t the most comfy but chafing is minimal, again due to the position of your hand in the handle. The extra foam grip is good. 4/5

In use

For trekking and Munro- and Wainwright-bagging Pacerpoles are excellent tools. What is also good is that there is a 4 week trial period, which is important with something like this. The principal drawback is likely to be stowage; that handle can be awkward and top-heavy, though this isn’t a big issue except when grappling it over very rough terrain for which poles aren’t wanted. The elastic lashing cord can blow

about in wind, but this isn’t hard to solve. 4/5

Value

You get a lot of thought and product for the cash; excellent quality, support and accessories round out an impressive package. 5/5

Verdict

Pacerpoles won’t be for everyone, but if  you like them, you probably won’t ever go back. 4.6/5

Review by Simon Ingram

First published in Trail magazine Spring 2015

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