Why are trekking poles so useful? Chris Townsend reviews the latest walking poles for the outdoors. On test Komperdell C3 Carbon Powerlock walking poles

These Komperdell lightweight carbon fibre poles have excellent compact clip locks that snap firmly into place. Although lighter than most poles they also extend further, making them a good choice if you’re tall. The foam grips are soft and comfortable and have short extensions. The lined straps are also comfortable and can be easily used with thick mitts. Unusually the baskets don’t screw onto the poles but click into place on two studs. I didn’t find this very secure and managed to lose both baskets on my second day out with the poles. I guess I hadn’t secured them enough. This is something to watch out for.

The C3 poles are high quality but also quite pricey.

Reviewed in April 2015 Issue