Trekmates Trail Lite

This Trail Lite trekking pole from Trekmates has a comfy handle design, but the buckle-free strap keeps coming loose and the stiff anti-shock tends to lock itself into the ‘off’ position. This is one of the heaviest designs on the market, despite its name. Fairly easy to adjust: the three sections stay in place most of the time. They could be a bit longer, ideally, but they’re perfectly adequate.

Verdict: Okay for the average user, but relatively poor value. For a few pounds more there are far better, lighter poles on the market.

Length: 70-135cm (three sections)

Weight: 570g

Anti-shock: Yes (on/off)

Handle: EVA/padded neoprene wrist strap

Pole: High grade aluminium, tungsten tip

Contact: 0115 956 8616, www.trekmates.co.uk