These three-part telescopic poles are designed to be both light and durable, with the upper sections constructed from carbon, while high-strength aluminium has been used on the lower section, to better deal with the knocks and scrapes of coming in constant contact with rough and rocky terrain.
This clever design means they’re not as light as some all-carbon sticks (each pole weighs 240g) but they feel really sturdy when used on a wide range of terrain. The Titanal Powerlock system is easy to use, reliable and rock solid, and the ice flex tips are strong.
Both the wrist strap and ergonomic dual-component EVA-foam-and-plastic handgrip are comfortable to use, but the lower grip area is small and consists simply of tape, which is a tad basic.
Overall, however, these are super functional, extremely robust and good-looking poles, available in Salewa’s signature black-and-yellow livery. They come with standard trekking and winter baskets. (PK)
Facts at a glance:
- Sold in pairs
- RRP: £125
- Weight per pole: 240g
- Materials: Carbon and aluminium
- Type: Telescopic
- Length in use: 68cm-142.5cm
- Minimum packed length: 68cm
Helinox Ridgeline hiking poles
Most telescopic poles have two or three sections – these have four, which means they collapse to a compact size – convenient when you want to stash them away in your pack. Pop-out buttons make it easy and quick to assemble them, and there’s no compromise on strength, thanks to the robust aluminum alloy. Available in three lengths, to match your height. (PK)