These walking poles from Mountain have well-shaped grips, although the rubber material becomes uncomfortable after a long hike. The straps are easy to adjust with a slider mechanism, but have no padding and don’t feel as secure as you’d like under downward pressure. The on-off mechanism for the anti-shock system offers the best of both worlds, without being too heavy. The anti-shock lock takes a bit of getting used to, but clicks positively into place.
Verdict: Well-priced poles with the added benefit of optional anti-shock.
Length: 67-135cm (three sections)
Anti-shock: Yes; can be turned off
Handle: Dual-density ergonomic grip
Pole: 6013 aluminium; steel tip
Contact: 0191 274 5855; www.mountainking.co.uk