Walking / Trekking poles are a useful means of support for the walker.
Poles can provide the walker with greater stability while walking over rough terrain or through challenging weather conditions.
We often have talked about the use of poles with other walkers and recently we posted a article in our advice section on how to best adjust and use them – Trekking Poles – Do I need to use them?
In the article we speak about how it is often difficult to pick the correct pole for your requirements so to help fellow Walk Fifers we are going to feature some of the poles used by our team.
Alpkit Compact Ultra II Trekking Poles
British firm Alpkit are well regarded by the country’s climbing and walking communities. The company have gained a well earned reputation for producing high quality and top performing clothing and equipment at a price that many can afford.
The Alpkit Compact Ultra II Trekking Poles have been designed for the walker who likes to travel light but still have poles that perform well.
The Compact Ultra II’s have been constructed from high-grade aluminium and have been designed to break down into three sections and when collapsed they only measure 38cm long which allows them to be easily stored in a your day pack or rucksack.
Each pole only weighs 275 grams which will be a plus for those walkers who like to travel light.
The poles piece together in a similar manner to tent poles with each section being connected to the other by a tough plastic coated cable. Once pieced together it is a simple case of pulling the bottom section of the pole until push button lock engages.
When locked together the poles can be adjusted to the required length via a easy to operate snap lock widget. The poles can be adjusted to lengths between 110cm and 130cm making them suitable for many people.
The handle is fairly traditional in form and is covered with a soft black foam which is comfortable and provides a good degree of grip when used in foul weather. The Alpkit branded adjustable wrist strap is generous in length and should suit most walkers.
The poles each have hard wearing tungsten tips and come with the standard rubber ferrule / tip protector. The mud basket is fairly small in comparison to most walking poles but still remains effective when in snow and mud.
I have been using the Alpkit Compact Ultra II Trekking Poles for the past 350 miles of my 4000 mile walking challenge and found them to be really comfortable to use and effective even in the rain and wind.
The advantage of having them collapse in to a such a short form has allowed me to take them with me on most walks easily especially when traveling to the start point by bus or train.
If you are wanting compact and lightweight trekking poles then Compact Ultra II’s from Alpkit are definitely worth a look.
Locking System: Yes
Collapsed Length: 38cm
Weight: 275g each
£21 each or
£31 for a pair
Where to buy: Alpkit