The Trekmates Carbon Ultra-Light is the lightest model on test at 424g per pair, and the weight saving comes from the use of carbon fibre pole sections. This is however not a huge weight saving over other poles here. The design of the pole is otherwise similar to others, with a handle design that is well-padded and contoured for comfort, and a wrist loop that is again well-padded. The wrist loop is easier to adjust than some, and it uses an identical design to the similarly priced Fizan pole. Length adjustment is via the internal expanding locking mechanism and this works as well as the others here. The pole extends to 135cm, which is less than the Fizan, while the packed length is 67cm, which is more than the Fizan. There is no shaft grip on this pole, which is surprising as others at this price do feature one. The Trekmates Carbon Ultra-Light is a great pole and it is the weight that is its major advantage over all the other poles here, but packed length, lack of shaft grip and price compared to similar poles are drawbacks. So while most walkers will be happy with it, personal preferences are likely to be the deciding factor.
Shaft material carbon fibre
Handle material moulded EVA, neoprene strap
Maximum length 135cm
Packed length 67cm
Weight 424g per pair
Anti-shock cushioning no
The Trekmates Carbon Ultra-Light is a good all-round pole for walkers who want to minimise the weight they are carrying, but other poles benefit from a shaft grip, shorter packed length and lower prices.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine March 2012