Uniquely designed, these trekking poles have huge, rather odd-looking moulded handles that reduce stress on your wrists and don’t require straps (although they have a shock cord so you don’t lose them). They feel great and are easy to get used to. For actual walking performance they’re excellent, although the twist-lock device can slip a little and those big handles make them cumbersome to carry.
Length: 65-132cm (three sections)
Handle: Moulded thermo-plastic/rubber
Pole: Carbon fibre
Contact: 01670 522 300, www.pacerpole.com
Verdict: A break with tradition, but fantastic on the hill and definitely worth a try. They come with a carrying case, choice of baskets and money-back guarantee.