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Vango Basho hiking pole review

Hiking poles can be a great way to stay stable on hikes, but some come at a stiff price. Does Vango's affordable alternative cut the mustard?

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
Vango Basho hiking pole

Our review

Brilliant budget poles with in-built shock absorbers
Pros: Low price
Light
Optional impact-softening suspension
Good lower grip area
Cons: Sections tend to detach if they catch in mud

This three-section folding pole comes complete with suspension, which you can turn on or off by twisting the grip. This allows you to dampen the jolt of repeated impact strikes going through your wrist and arm when walking on hard-packed terrain or sealed surfaces.

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Packing down to 50cm (by our measurements) and with an operational range of 115cm to 135cm, the Basho has a folding design, and once assembled can be easily adjusted and locked into place with a sturdy metal clip.

They come with trekking baskets, which are certainly required, as the sections do tend to detach if they catch in mud. Made with ‘Duralumin’ 7075 (aluminium) each pole weighs 223g.

They have a tungsten tip, and an excellent ergonomically shaped foam handgrip, with grooves to increase airflow and a really good lower grip area. The wrist strap is well padded and easy to adjust. (PK)

Facts at a glance:

  • Sold singly
  • RRP £29 each
  • Weight per pole: 223g
  • Materials: Aluminium
  • Type: Folding
  • Length in use: 115cm to 135cm
  • Minimum pack length: 50cm

Also consider…

Helinox Ridgeline hiking poles

These highly packable poles are made with an extra-strong aluminium alloy. Available in three lengths to suit your height, the four-section design of the Ridgelines means they pack down considerably shorter than most telescopic poles, making them easy to carry when not in use.

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Assembly and breakdown are impressively quick and easy. Ridgeline poles have thicker diameter than most, providing extra strength and increased confidence on the trails, especially when carrying a pack, but are light in weight. (PK)