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Compact Hiker Twins trekking poles

Compact Hiker


  • - Compact Hiker

Compact rucksack friendly trekking poles weighing in at just 275 g each, with hand straps and a tungsten tip for durability

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  • Features At A Glance
  • Care & Environmental Advice
  • Customer Reviews
  • Kudos

Sometimes, the best of heroes come in small packages. This particular hero offers flexibility and security - complete with new hand-straps - but packs down almost to the length of a school ruler!

This is an updated version with a classic style handle and strap. It is a bit more versatile than the nordic style handle on the previous model and better suited to trekking in the mountains.

If you are on a mountainous trek, you're unlikely to want your poles in your hands all the time. You might face a tricky scramble where you just need to stow them away fast, and the shorter your poles the less likely they are to get in the way.

The lower sections fit together just like a tent pole, you then pull out the top section which tightens the internal cable and locks tight with a push button lock. The length of the pole is adjusted by sliding the handle section up and down and is secured into place with a single easy operation snap lock widget. With only one locking mechanism, it is easier to maintain.

The Compact Hiker breaks down to a stumpy 38 cm for stashing onto a daypack or even stashing into your hold luggage.

At the business end of the pole the hard tungsten tip provides great grip as well as ensuring longevity, while for more delicate terrains we provide a rubber tip protector. 

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Key features
  • 3 section aluminium construction
  • Compact 38 cm pack size
  • Durable tungsten tip
  • Continuous internal wire tensioner and snap lock
  • Updated hand strap
  • 3 Year Alpine Bond
Vital stats

Pair of trekking poles
3 sections of 7075 aluminium construction
Tungsten tip


Total weight: per pole 275 g
Pole weight: 255 g
Basket weight: 10 g
Tip protector: 10 g

Min packed length: 38 cm
Min/max usable pole length: 110 cm / 130 cm
Handle: 14 cm
Top pole diameter: 16 mm
Bottom pole diameter: 14 mm

Origin: China

Product Care Information

Download the PDF trekking pole instruction sheet.

What You Say: Customer Reviews and Comments

11 Reviews


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Tour du Mont Blanc essential kit

Just completed a 10 day, 116 mile, 36,000 ft of ascent walk with these poles used for every mile. Built then at start of day and they held up to all a hard day in the Alps could throw at them and I'm 6ft3 and 18 stone! Great kit


These are excellent for the price. Lightweight, robust, and good cushioning as well, aside from packing really small. Just wish the foam on the handles would come down lower, but that's easily fixed.

Compact ultra trecking poles

Finally managed to get out on the hills to test them out. No more poles on the outside of my bag sticking up an catching on rocks while climbing and scrambling. The poles pack down quickly and are easy to lock out, once you have figured out what to do. A note in the delivery information would be an idea. However a quick call and sorted. The poles are nice and sturdy on steep ground. Giving you confidence. Wrist loops are comfy enough but I would have liked some grid just below the main hand grip as like most people I prefer my hand pulling down onto the wrist loop rather than using the handles.
But light enough, stable, quick to use, pack small and a great price.
Thanks alpkit

What a lovely pair of sticks

Light, fold up nice and small, easy to pack; easy to assemble.
Sturdy, useful sticks.
[also arrived quickly with a cheery message]

Michael Powell
Compact Ultra II Twins

Super fast delivery but a bit disappointed with the packaging, would been nice to have some bubble wrap, especially with the way they get handled these days.
But product really good.

Alpkit - add some instructions!!

Have not used in anger yet but seem good - certainly light and fold up small. Strength to be determined....


I was about to send them back as faulty, but it was only when reading the Kudos tab on the product page that I worked out how to tension the inner cable !! For anyone else struggling, there is an additional hidden section attached to the feet. Once you have opened out and aligned the pole sections tighten the inner cable by pulling the rubber foot out, extending the hidden section until it locks into place. This will keep the cable tight and the sections together. - Its not immediately obvious even to the inquisitive!!

They will freeze up

The poles are brilliant while they work, the design is impeccable, but the untreated aluminium is doomed to oxidise, get something small stuck in it, whatever. Tech support's suggestions to "grease them" doesn't work and is completely impractical if you are using them on multi-day trips. You will then be paying for a full-price pair of poles from a company who uses treated aluminium, but then you know that they will last more than 6 months.
The best thing is that the replacement pole that they sent me is pre-frozen, so that I don't have to do it myself...


Hi EasterlySJ,
I am very sorry to hear that you are still experiencing issues with your Compact Hikers and that our suggestions for repair has not worked. Please can you get in touch with our support team and we can work out the best option from here? All our products are covered under our Alpine Bond warranty for at least 3 years so I am sure we will be able to help you out.
Many thanks, Ashleigh - Alpkit Customer Support

Bought for day hikes

Poles came without instructions.
One pole is so loose it falls apart
I cant get either to stay height adjusted.
I looked back at the details on the website and there are no instructions

Not great

Bought a pair for longer fell runs. They're certainly compact and just what I was looking for. The metal sheath that locks the lower section in place has jammed shut, so now unable to use, having only used twice. Very disappointing, going to send back today.

Annoyed Hiker

I bought a pair of these and returned them due to excess play (they rattled when they struck the ground). Alpkit refunded rather than replace, which should have warned me. However, I got another pair as gift. These were fine at first, but after two outings they are rattling more than the pair I sent back, not giving me much confidence in them.

Angry Pirate
Not very hardwearing

I've had a pair of these since August 2016 but tend not to use walking poles unless I'm winter walking on my own or backpacking so they haven't had a huge amount of use (probably six or so outings). The first pole failed after three walks as the retainer for the internal wire pulled out of the top pole section, this was replaced be Alpkit without any bother. The replacement pole failed in exactly the same way after three or so walks just prior to me setting off on the West Highland Way (just inside the two-year guarantee window, sadly Alpkit didn't have a replacement that they could get to me in time), so I did a temporary fix with string. The other pole failed in exactly the same way halfway up Ben Nevis at the end of the WHW. The carbide tips have both worn heavily too after five days on rocky footpaths to the extent that one pole tip has gone. The brass retainers that hold the pole section under tension is easily damaged and gets stuck so I have to use the screwdriver on my swiss army knife to pop it out. The poles are also impossible to open out to air properly so oxidation builds up inside. By comparison my old Lekis survived far more abuse including fifteen days on the Pennine Way and would probably be going strong if I hadn't lost them.

What They Say: Kudos - Product Reviews from independent magazines and websites

Walk Fife Review the Compact Ultra II Trekking Poles

really comfortable to use and effective even in the rain and wind.


Walk Fife November 2018 - Walk Fife

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