Many, many years ago Leki launched the first trekking poles and they’re still one of the market leaders. These poles are lightweight and beautifully made. Adjustment is via an external clip lock that’s neater and more compact than most at the top and an internal twist-lock on the bottom section. The latter also houses an anti-shock mechanism. This is stiffer than many but I still dislike it. However there is a version without antishock that has two clip locks and costs £10 less. That’s the one I’d recommend. The grips are made from firm foam with a very long extension beneath them which is incised to prevent your hands slipping. The colourful straps are a breathable fabric that is very thin but still comfortable. There’s ample room for thick mitts.


The Thermolite Poles are quite expensive but the quality is excellent and they should last well.