Trekmates Carbon Ultra-Lite

The nicely contoured EVA handle on these trekking poles feels good in the hand and the strap, which adjusts using a standard wedge system, is soft and well-padded. The marked range of adjustment is quite limited (115-140cm), but they will go shorter. One of the lightest models on the market, but these carbon fibre poles can withstand a fair bit of punishment on the hill and look none the worse for it. The twist-lock device did slip occasionally, though.

 

Length: 68-140cm (three sections)
Weight: 210g
Anti-shock: No
Handle: EVA foam
Pole: Carbon fibre
Contact: 0115 940 9170, www.trekmates.co.uk

Verdict: A good, solid but lightweight carbon fibre pole that falls in the middle of the price range and offers decent value for money.