Why are trekking poles so useful? Chris Townsend reviews the latest walking poles for the outdoors. On test Anatom Explorer walking poles

The Explorers are excellent poles at a reasonable price. They have chunky external clip locks that are easy to operate with gloves on and which lock firmly on the shafts. To prevent them jamming – not something I’ve experienced with clip locks – the brass screws are anti-corrosive and self-lubricating. The grips are made of comfortable foam and have ribbed extensions. The webbing straps have soft linings and easily adjust to accommodate thick mitts.

Reviewed in April 2015 Issue


  • Overall: 4 out of 5

Pros: external clip-locks, grips

Cons: Nothing

  • Price: £70
  • Length: 62-135cms
  • Materials: 6000 aircraft grade alloy
  • Grip: EVA foam
  • Anti-Shock: No
  • Adjustments: external clip lock
  • Weight: 550 grams
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