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Review: New Komperdell Trailstick walking poles

Written by Fiona

April 24 2019

Komperdell has launched a new “fast and lightweight” collection of Trailstick walking poles. The folding system allows the poles to be deconstructed and rebuilt in seconds at just the push of a button.

The poles are made with strong and robust materials that are also lightweight. The collection comprises different models, including a full carbon and a hybrid carbon-and-aluminium version.

Both models can be bought as fixed length – 105cm, 115cm, 125cm and 135cm – or telescopic.

Features include:

  • Carbon construction in the upper part and extra sturdy Titanial.HF shafts in the lower segment
  • Lightweight but strong
  • Folds into small pack size, or fixed length.
  • Three-year service for carbon
  • Prices start at £129.95 for a pair.

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A walk up to the Lost Valley in Glencoe offered a great opportunity for testing the poles.

On test: Komperdell Trailstick walking poles

I have been testing the Komperdell Trailstick Carbon C4 Vario Compact poles in the hills and mountains of Scoland.

They are impressively quick to set up and to fold away. They also fold into a very neat 36cm length, which is useful if you need to take them in a hand luggage style bag or for storing in a rucksack when walking or running.

I like the weight and feel of the poles. The handle is made of a rubbery foam and feels very comfortable to hold. It is nicely moulded to the shape of a hand grip. I like the diameter of the grip as it’s not too narrow and not to wide.

There is a padded strap for the wrist, which again is very comfortable.

The weight and balance of the poles are great when running or walking. I enjoyed using them both uphill and downhill and I felt they were a great aid.

The Power Lock 3.0 mechanism allows for easy folding and height adjustment. The poles can be extended or shortened to suit people of different heights or terrain where you want a shorter or longer pole.

Further features include Ice Flex basket for summer use and an Ice Flex tungsten/ carbide tip, which looks to be hard-wearing.

When you want to fold them away it’s a very simple process of unlocking the top of the pole and pressing a button to allow them to fold away.

I would have liked to see a longer gripping handle for greater versatility of use and I always wish poles were a bit cheaper but maybe that’s just me. Overall there is little to criticise Komperdell for.

If you are looking for lightweight walking or running poles, these are well worth considering.

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