A super-lightweight set of poles, in a rather stealthy looking black carbon. Their construction makes them strong, and while there is a fair amount of flex in the shaft, try as you might, you won’t snap them. The twist lock system functions well without the section slipping at all. The soft foam handles are pleasant enough in the hand, although the foam soon compacts down. The handle length is good and there are some ergonomic design tweaks to help them sit well in the hand. The harder plastic top however can chafe a little after a time if you don’t manage to get the straps tight enough. Also the strap adjustment are a little clunky and difficult to establish a small fit.
Material: Carbon fibre
Weight (pair): 416g
Packed/max walking length: 69cm/135cm
Contact: 0115 940 9170; www.trekmates.co.uk