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Walking poles montage  © Dan Bailey

Group Test Lightweight Compact Trekking Poles

In search of a pole that's as small and light as possible for carrying in a climbing pack or holiday hold baggage, we compare five adjustable-length models at a range of budgets.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKH editorial team

A sturdy handle on top for giving a bit of assistance when needed  © Martin McKenna

Ruffwear Web Master Harness

The Web Master Harness is built for taking dogs on terrain where they may need a helping hand. We tested it on a labrador and a spaniel, two dogs with a significant weight difference, and we're pretty impressed.

Leki Carbon Black Series Pole - on Win Hill in the Peak District  © Alan James
Leki Carbon Black Series Pole - on Win Hill in the Peak District  © Alan James

LEKI Black Series Micro Vario Carbon Pole

This is a superb and well-designed folding pole that improves on previous LEKI models. The new mechanism may become the standard that others one day follow, says Alan James

MSR Dynalock Ascent Carbon Backcountry Poles review thumbnail  © UKC
MSR Dynalock Ascent Carbon Backcountry Poles review thumbnail  © UKC

MSR DynaLock Ascent Carbon Poles

Tough, compact and light, this new model from MSR is an excellent pole for the money, says Alan James - and you don't have to be skiing the backcountry to appreciate it!

Seal Sleeve montage  © Dan Bailey
Seal Sleeve montage  © Dan Bailey

Exped Seal Sleeve Waterproof Cases

Made specifically to keep electronic gear clean and dry outdoors, Exped's new Seal Sleeve cases come in a range of sizes to fit...

CAMP poles montage  © Dan Bailey
CAMP poles montage  © Dan Bailey

C.A.M.P Sky Carbon and Sonic Alu Trekking Poles

Lightweight, compact and well made, C.A.M.P's Sky Carbon and Sonic Alu trekking poles represent pretty good value...

Crossing a river with the Tour Carbon 3  © George Cave
Crossing a river with the Tour Carbon 3  © George Cave

Tour Carbon 3 Poles from Leki

There are many ways to wreck a pair of poles. My favoured approach is to pick a course back and forth across huge piles of...

MSR Talus TR3  © Alan James Collection
MSR Talus TR3  © Alan James Collection

MSR Talus TR3 Walking Pole

Walking poles are great opinion dividers. There are those who think they are cumbersome wastes of time, and those who swear by...


Latest News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

A new guidebook to walking the Galloway Hills by Cicerone Press

A new Cicerone guidebook describing mountain walks in the Galloway Hills of southern Scotland, covering Trool, Minnoch, Doon and Talnotry. Offering solitude and rugged natural beauty, this rocky, heathery wilderness presents some great hiking oppo...

Black Series thumb  © LEKI
Black Series thumb  © LEKI

The new Black Series trekking pole: award-winning technical elegance 

LEKI's new, award-winning Black Series trekking pole (£194.95) offers the highest technical and aesthetic standards on the market. 

LEKI Micro Vario Carbon Folding  © Leki
LEKI Micro Vario Carbon Folding  © Leki

LEKI Micro Vario Carbon: the classic folding pole just got better

The Micro Vario Carbon [£164.95] walking pole is always a first choice – no matter whether trekking, multi-day cabin touring or heading up fixed-rope routes. Featuring LEKI's new ELD technology, the Micro Vario Carbon...

Avalanche dog Fjord with his handler Caroline Elliott @fjordsar  © Ruffwear
Avalanche dog Fjord with his handler Caroline Elliott @fjordsar  © Ruffwear

Ruffwear supports Search and Rescue Dogs

Ruffwear's technical dog gear is put through it's paces by working dogs around the world.

Trail Stick  © Komperdell
Trail Stick  © Komperdell

Komperdell Walking/Trekking Pole Range 2019

Few companies enjoy such a beautiful setting in the Austrian Alps as Komperdell. The family company has been...

LEKI Micro Vario Carbon 1  © LEKI
LEKI Micro Vario Carbon 1  © LEKI

LEKI Micro Vario Carbon

The Micro Vario Carbon, which is also available in a Ladies and a Strong version as well as with an integrated anti-shock feature,...

Back Country Pole Line  © MSR
Back Country Pole Line  © MSR

MSR® Introduces New Backcountry Pole Line with DynaLock™ Technology

MSR® (Mountain Safety Research), the high-performance outdoor equipment brand, has...


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