At last a British Made Pair of Lightweight Poles, which are strong, compact, able to perform on the hill and folds down small enough to slot into your rucksack. And they come in different colours too - just perfect!
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Available in a variety of fixed lengths of 110cm to 130cm they arrive in a neat mesh pouch for storage. Weighing in at only 131g to 143g per pole they are lighter than any carbon based pole currently available. Just pull the cord running down the shaft and they lock into place!
The wrist loop is fixed, so no fiddling as you walk. The hand grip is of the 'firm foam' airflow variety, not the normal hard material. Made from 11mm 7075 Aluminium Alloy, the standard carbide tip will give you miles of wear along with the exchangeable trekking basket.How do they perform?
We've had ours a few years now (End Oct 08) using them to run with on the hills for a OMM Mountain Marathon and for casual walks whenever we can. Great for climbing fast and supporting our balance when descending at speed. When you accidentally apply pressure (staggering!) the 11mm aluminium certainly flexes more than the normal carbon poles we've used. An excessive 'full weight fall' will bend the poles of course.
In the last couple of years these poles have become the item of choice for Marathon Des Sables competitors and other Adventure Racers.
As light as they are, they do catch the breeze in a strong cross wind, so you have to be careful not to trip over a pole by accident!Conclusion?
We love them! They have now become our pole of choice, especially as they will compact down small enough to pack either in the rucksack, or clipped onto the shoulder harness by shockcord, ready for use.
In the off chance a pole should be damaged by a heavy fall preventing it's use. All spare parts are available from Mountain King a great little British company based up in Newcastle, where their factory overlooks Hadrian's Wall. Therefore spare parts are easy to obtain if you ever need them.