TSL Ecrins

These trekking poles have an adjustable handle, which you can slide down the shaft when traversing steep slopes. They use a retaining clip to do this, but we found the clip very uncomfortable and sharp on cold hands. At more than 600g a pair, they’re heavy – but tough too – so best-suited to heavier walkers or trickier going. The locking system works well and they come with a case and spare baskets.


Length: 64-145cm (three sections)
Weight: 317g
Anti-shock: No
Handle: Soft polymer
Pole: Aluminium alloy
Contact: 0191 284 8444, www.allcord.co.uk

Verdict: Well-built, rock-solid poles that won’t let you down, no matter how hard the going. The innovative, adjustable handle makes them uncomfortable in the hand, though.