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Komperdell Hikemaster Trekking Poles | Review

Komperdell's eye for detail and lightweight builds make their Hikemaster trekking poles a great pick

To many people, a good pair of trekking poles can be an essential for a long hike. They make a difference. And they make a really big difference when you’ve got a pair as light and as compact as Komperdell’s Hikemaster.

The benefits of using trekking poles these days aren’t discussed enough in our humble opinion. For long backpacking adventures, especially with heavy backpacks, a good pair of poles can help you go faster and further. The pressure on the knees is minimised, and when you have a long sloping hill below you, you’ll be mighty thankful by the time you reach the pub at the bottom for some stability.

That said, plenty of walkers aren’t fans, and that’s mainly because they can be a bit of a faff, and when every gram matters. They are often left behind.

There’s no need for this now when you can get a convenient tool like the Komperdell Hikemaster.

Komperdell was founded in Vienna in 1922 making wooden walking poles and, in a brilliant example of diversification, billiard cues. It wasn’t long before ski poles, perhaps more sensibly, came into the mix as well. As technology developed with the introduction of carbon, new spring systems and good grips, Komperdell rose to the top of the pole for, err, poles. Those made out of hazelnut were long gone.

“The poles themselves extend between 105 and 140cm”

Today, the advancements in technology to make poles lighter, more compact and with as little vibration as possible is applied to all categories from skiing to mountaineering.

The Hikemaster Powerlock is our pick of them. This is in large part to the exceptional lightness (516g per pair) and a packed size of just 65cm.

The poles themselves extend between 105 and 140cm (when fitting them, your elbow should be at right angles) and they’re very easily adjustable using the lever mechanisms – you’ll be using slightly different lengths whether you’re walking up or downhill.

It breaks down simply into three sections so it’ll stow easily on the outside (or inside) of your pack.

The basket (the plastic dome at the bottom) is designed to help you gain a solid placement when trekking through snow and sandy or gravelly stuff, while the tungsten/carbide tip and aluminium shaft offers a confident strike on the ground while absorbing plenty of the vibrations.

There’s a comfortable hold as well thanks to the anatomically shaped grip which has a good bit of softness to it.

All-in-all we’d say the Hikemaster is the ideal combination of size and weight for long treks into the mountains. It’s still a shame Komperdell no longer make billiard cues though.

Tester’s Verdict

“Tough, light with no fiddly bits. A aluminium shaft with a simple clip lock, comfortable grip and strap mean they do exactly what you would expect from a walking pole.

“I’m usually carrying a 25kg pack filled with photography and camping equipment so having pair of reliable hiking poles is essential.” – Eilir Davies-Hughes

Price: £80 (per pair)

Weight: 586g (per pair)

More info: www.komperdell.com

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