“These poles are very light but sturdy and quick to put together with the one-click locking system. The hand grip is very comfortable, although there is a little more movement and vibration compared to a regular hiking pole, but this is completely acceptable. The low bulk and the carrying bag makes them excellent to pack and ideal for sports such as paragliding hike and fly where low weight is so important. The plastic tips work well on most surfaces and especially on rock and tarmac and you can easily change to the steel tips if you feel the need to. They have a very small basket which makes them not so effective on soft snow (a snow basket makes a great accessory as they would be very good as an alpine climbing approach pole). The hand loops are comfortable and easy to adjust with a neat built-in hook and loop system but are not as comfortable as the padded straps on heavier poles like the Trail. The overall quality is excellent.”
“Make sure you check the length that you need. I prefer slightly shorter poles than BD recommend. The hand loops are also sized to match the pole length but these can be changed.”
“I even bought my 82 year old mother in law a pair of the carbon fibre ultra distance poles and she loves them as they are so light, easy to use and they fit in her bag, which just goes to show that you don’t need to be a hardcore mountain athlete to appreciate light gear!”
Willie is a British Mountain Guide based in the French Alps. Click here to see his guide page.