MOUNTAIN KING POLE REVIEWS

19
FEBRUARY
MOUNTAIN KING CARBON COMPACT TREKKING POLES REVIEW (2)

MOUNTAIN KING Carbon Compact Trekking Pole Review TGO Magazine.

This Review for the UK made Carbon Compact Trekking Pole from Mountain King comes from a TGO Magazine Gear Test. March 2009.
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16
AUGUST
MOUNTAIN KING CARBON COMPACT POLES REVIEW (1)

Mountain King Carbon Compact Review by Trail Mag

Mountain King Carbon Compact 2010

Mountain King Carbon Compact poles are made in the UK – unlike most others, which are made in the Far East. As the name suggests this model has carbon pole sections to reduce weight, and at just 404g per pair they won’t weigh you down.
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20
MARCH
MOUNTAIN KING SUPER TREKKER AS POLE REVIEW

Country Walking Magazine Gear Test, March 2009 – Mountain King Super Trekker Anti Shock Walking Pole.

The Super Trekker boasts a soft and well-shaped handle as well as a long extended grip. The strap is soft and well-padded and the adjustment system is simple but effective. The poles feel quite light in use, especially for anti shock models, yet the 7075 aluminium shaft showed few signs of use after a few good walks.
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19
DECEMBER
A DAY OUT WITH MOUNTAIN KING TRAIL BLAZE POLES

I’ve just received my long anticipated delivery of Trail Blaze poles and wasted no time in escaping for a very autumnal round of the Fairfield Horseshoe,complete with the first dusting of snow it’s seen this season!
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19
SEPTEMBER
MOUNTAIN KING TRAIL BLAZE POLES CUSTOMER REVIEW

Mountain King Trail Blaze Poles Customer Review By Matt

I finally took the Trail Blaze poles for a proper outing on Saturday – 12 miles or so over Kinder Scout.

I carried them on the pack for the first 2 or 3 miles – incredibly light and easy to stow – then tried them for ascending via Jacob’s Ladder – and reminded myself of the extra power a pair of poles can deliver!
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22
JUNE
MOUNTAIN KING, TRAIL BLAZE POLE REVIEW 2

I’ll be honest… When I first saw the Trail Blaze poles I thought I’d break them within a month. Perfect for ultralight backpacking and mountain running (which is what they are designed for) but not tough enough for everyday mountaineering and hill walking use.

 

After a year of regular use and abuse they are still going strong, they live under the seat in our camper and get used every time I go out, they are so compact and lightweight I never have any issues about packing them. They click together in seconds like a lightweight tent pole or avalanche probe, and I like the simple, practical design, the less faff the better in my opinion.

I’ve only had one near disaster when I first got my hands on a pair. I tripped over them running down Loughrigg at full speed and took a whipper… they were bent but I straightened them eventually. They still work fine even under load! The ultra lightweight Trail Blaze is clearly not designed for really heavy work, but they are the toughest compact poles I have ever used at this weight and constantly surprise me with what they can handle.

I’ve just returned from an amazing day on Grasmoor opposite Crummock Water; perfect weather, great views and a fun but challenging loop up Whiteless Pike, on to Grasmoor and descending Red Gill by one of the best scree runs in the Lakes. This is a tough test for poles and boots, but Mountain King have done well with the Trail Blaze pole and they came out battle scarred but unbeaten. Not only were they stiff enough to drive me along during the walk, they helped to keep me on my feet when descending at speed and supported me during the occasional wild lunge for balance – no mean feat!

I’m impressed.

Pete.

22 June 09