Switch Sticks Hiking

These trekking poles from Switch Sticks come in fancy colours and have a good handle, but there’s a thin strap with a fiddly buckle. Heavy, and they also vibrate annoyingly in use. The twist-lock doesn’t feel as secure as some, and nor were the baskets, making them too easy to lose. They’re let down by very poor straps and handles. Longer than most, but rather a case of style over substance.

Verdict: Long poles which will suit taller people and the jazzy design may also appeal to some, but the straps and vibration let them down badly. For the price you would expect more.

Length: 69-145cm (three sections)

Weight: 640g

Anti-shock: Yes

Handle: Ergonomically moulded rubber with integrated wrist strap

Pole: High grade 6066 aluminium, carbide tip

Contact: 0800 458 5448; www.fabstuff.net