Seven packable trekking poles to make your hike a full-body workout

As well as giving you stability and propulsion on the trail, these walking poles can turn your walks into a whole-body exercise. Superlight and foldable, the latest designs are ideal for travel

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 March, 2016, 10:44am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 March, 2016, 11:29am

Leki Micro Vario Titanium

Perfect for holidays featuring the occasional trek, or for trail running, these poles (HK$1,223) with aluminium shafts weigh 432g and pack down to 38cm for easy stowing in the red nylon mesh carry bag provided. Available from racingtheplanet.com

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Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ

Stretching from 120cm to 140cm when in one piece, these superlight carbon trekking poles (HK$1,429) fold into three sections measuring 40cm. Weighing 365g (and available in smaller sizes), a FlickLock Pro system makes them easy to construct securely. Find them at gonerunning.hk

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Leki Wanderfreund

Weighing just 289g each and expanding from 65cm to 135 cm, the Wanderfreund (HK$615) have carbide flextips for excellent grip on rock and ice. However, they don’t collapse down into three sections as others do. Sold by wellmount.hk

Doppelganger TP1-128

These trekking poles for women (HK$660) stretch from 60cm to 120cm, so are easy to store in luggage, and weigh just 185g. Sold by The Overland, Base Camp@Causeway Bay, 2-3/F Gold Swan Commercial Building, 438–444 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 3695 0871

Mountain King Carbon Trail Blaze Skyrunner

Designed for ultrarunning and steep mountain racing, these ultralight carbon tube poles (HK$1,350) weigh barely 100g, and come in five sizes (110cm-130cm). They collapse down into four sections. Get them from gonerunning.hk

Kovea Shortcut 2

This Korea-made trekking pole (HK$335) shrinks down from 110cm to 47cm, and has a wear-resistant tungsten alloy tip and soft cork handle. Weighs just 253g. Buy it from wellmount.hk

Komperdell Carbon Ultralite Compact

Adjustable from 105cm to 125cm but folding up into three parts measuring just 39cm for easy stowing in luggage, these carbon poles (US$150.50) weigh 420g. Available from racingtheplanet.com