Why are trekking poles so useful? Chris Townsend reviews the latest walking poles for the outdoors. On test Craghoppers Super Lite Shock Absorber walking poles

Despite the name these Craghopper trekking poles are more average weight than super light, not that I think that matters. They are conventional in design with internal twist-locks and an anti-shock spring. As usual this can be turned off but also as usual I’d rather it wasn’t there in the first place. The cork and foam grips, very similar to the Hi Gear ones but with a short ribbed extension, are very comfortable as are the soft lined straps which are roomy enough for use with thick mitts. The baskets are a bit bigger than those on other poles – better in soft mud and snow but more likely to catch in rocks.

Overall these are perfectly adequate poles. The price is reasonable but the similar Hi Gear and Mountain Warehouse poles cost less.

Reviewed in April 2015 Issue