Why are trekking poles so useful? Chris Townsend reviews the latest walking poles for the outdoors. On test Mountain Warehouse Hiker walking poles

Mountain Warehouse’s own-brand Hiker poles are the heaviest poles tested but also the least expensive (and currently available for £20, making them great value for money). As you’d expect the design is fairly standard with internal twist-lock adjustment. There is an anti-shock spring that can be turned off with only a very slight movement left. The grip is on the small side so these are not poles for those with big hands. The webbing strap isn’t as comfortable as softer ones and can rub a little. It has a buckle adjustment and can easily be opened up for big mitts.

Reviewed in April 2015 Issue