Winter is closing in and the snow-covered mountains are beckoning – Komperdell has trekking poles for every level of walker and all conditions, designed, and manufactured in the heart of Austria.

The C3 Carbon Compact (£139.95) is a fabulously versatile extremely lightweight telescopic carbon pole suitable for everyone from day hikers through to alpine rock climbers. It packs down small enough to be carried in most packs and frequent travellers’ luggage. These length adjustable carbon poles with ‘Powerlock’ boast an extended grip zone which is perfect for steep terrain and its lower part is made from Titanal for added strength where needed and has interchangeable baskets.

The Ridgehiker Cork Powerlock (£89.95) and the TrekMaster (£79.95) are two classic favourites – The Ridgehiker Compact Powerlock poles are lightweight, pack down small and feature the reliable and easy to use powerlock adjustment mechanism with a very comfortable cork grip and padded strap – and the packed length of just 57cm means they can easily be packed away for travel or storage. The Trekmaster are a relatively basic design but are enhanced significantly by the excellent Powerlock adjustment mechanism making them an extremely durable and
reliable set of walking poles for hillwalking and trekking. The poles can be shortened to a minimum of 58cm, so can be carried easily in a rucksack or when travelling abroad for a walking holiday.

The Walker Compact (£54.95) is a sturdy walking pole (aid) featuring an ergonomically shaped cork grip with a padded strap, made of aluminium it is lightweight and packs to a neat small size (46cm long) so can be easily packed away, making it the ideal walking partner on uncertain terrain and uneven ground.

All these poles from Komperdell and more can be seen on www.komperdell.com and they all come with a 3 year guarentee. Stockist info – First Ascent | The world’s finest outdoor equipment