Why are trekking poles so useful? Chris Townsend reviews the latest walking poles for the outdoors. On test Hi Gear Strider walking poles

Go Outdoors own-brand Hi Gear Strider poles are fairly standard in design with internal twist-lock adjustment. They have an anti-shock insert but this can be turned off, which I would always do, though there is still a little give. The cork and neoprene grips are warm and comfortable and better than the grips found on some more expensive poles. The straps have soft linings and are easily adjusted and long enough for comfortable use with thick mitts. These aren’t the most technical poles but they are good value for money. And at the time of writing they’re half-price too.

Reviewed in April 2015 Issue