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Poles to tackle tricky ter­rain

RAIDLIGHT COM­PACT CAR­BON UL­TRA £100

170g or 182g uk.raidlight.com

Spe­cially de­signed for trail run­ning, th­ese light­weight, com­pact poles fold eas­ily in four sec­tions (40cm when folded). With er­gonomic EVA foam grips, they pro­vide ex­cep­tional com­fort. For ex­tra ver­sa­til­ity they’re avail­able in two lengths – 110cm and 123cm – and are quick and easy to un­fold. There’s also an ad­justable wrist strap and stor­age loop. Avail­able lengths: 110cm & 123cm

ALPKIT MARATHON UL­TRA COM­PACT £39

205g www.alpkit.com

A com­pact pole de­signed for run­ning and hik­ing, the Marathon Ul­tra com­bines a small packed size of 37cm with light and strong car­bon fi­bre con­struc­tion. It has a three­sec­tion fold­able con­struc­tion with ten­sion­ing wires, a snap-lock wid­get be­low the han­dle, a grippy and shock­ab­sorbent EVA non-slip han­dle, and a durable tung­sten tip. Ad­just­ment range: 110-130cm

KOMPERDELL HIKEMASTER POWERLOCK £80

258g www.komperdell.com

With a wide ad­just­ment range and a packed size of 65cm, th­ese three­sec­tion alu­minium poles of­fer good ver­sa­til­ity. The new grip tech­nol­ogy is slim­mer, er­gonomic, com­fort­able to use, in­te­grated seam­lessly into the shaft, and has padded straps for ex­tra se­cu­rity. Comes with a vario trekking bas­ket and is also avail­able in a com­pact ver­sion. Ad­just­ment range: 105-140cm

GRIVEL TRAIL POLE 2 £70

227g www.griv­elgb.co.uk

A two-sec­tion pole with an in­no­va­tive ‘knee’ fold­ing sys­tem for quick de­ploy­ment and com­pact pack­ing, with­out com­pro­mis­ing strength. The EVA foam han­dles and er­gonomic straps al­low for mul­ti­ple grips to be used with ease, and also of­fer a high level of breatha­bil­ity. The Trail Pole also comes with both a sum­mer and win­ter bas­ket. Avail­able lengths: 112cm, 122cm, 130cm

BLACK DI­A­MOND DIS­TANCE PLUS FLZ £130

254g or 272g (pair) www.black­di­a­mon­d­e­quip­ment.com Th­ese adapt­able and ver­sa­tile poles de­liver four-sea­son sup­port. The flex tip takes trekking and pow­der bas­kets, so switches eas­ily from win­ter to sum­mer, the Slide­lock tech­nol­ogy makes lock­ing and col­laps­ing a fast job, and com­bined with the Flick­Lock ad­justa­bil­ity and Z-pole tech­nol­ogy the over­all re­sult is an easy to use set of poles. Avail­able lengths 105cm-125cm & 120cm-140cm

LEKI MI­CRO TRAIL PRO £140

195g www.leki.com

Small, light, and fast han­dling, th­ese fold­ing poles have a Trig­ger Shark 2.0 han­dle with foam ex­ten­sion for great grip in all weather. They’re made from car­bon to re­duce weight, the push-but­ton re­lease makes them quick to as­sem­ble and dis­as­sem­ble, and they have a packed length of 34cm so are easy to trans­port. You also get a re­in­forced ten­sion­ing ca­ble. Avail­able lengths: 105-135 cm.

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