Why are trekking poles so useful? Chris Townsend reviews the latest walking poles for the outdoors. On test Anatom Explorer walking poles

The Explorers are excellent poles at a reasonable price. They have chunky external clip locks that are easy to operate with gloves on and which lock firmly on the shafts. To prevent them jamming – not something I’ve experienced with clip locks – the brass screws are anti-corrosive and self-lubricating. The grips are made of comfortable foam and have ribbed extensions. The webbing straps have soft linings and easily adjust to accommodate thick mitts.

Reviewed in April 2015 Issue