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Compact Ultra Twins - Nordic 3 section folding trekking poles

Pair of 275 g compact aluminium trekking poles with snap lock mechanism, immensely packable and ideal for travel

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Great flexibility now comes with great rigidity, a pair of compact aluminium trekking poles with Nordic style handle!

If you are on a mountainous trek it is unlikely you will want your poles in your hands all the time. You might face a tricky scramble where you just need to stow them away fast, 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 lower 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. As there is just one locking mechanism it is easier to maintain.

The Compact Ultras break 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. A screw fit rubber basket helps stop you pushing through boggy ground or even getting your poles trapped between rocks.

If you want a more standard handle and grip check out the Compact Ultra II.

Key features
  • 5 section aluminium construction
  • Compact 38 cm packed length
  • Durable tungsten tip
  • Continuous internal wire tensioner and snap lock
  • Nordic style handle and grip
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  • Compactultra handle 1200 -
  • Compactultra length 1200 -
  • Compactultra size 1200 -
Vital stats
Vital stats

Pole weight: 255 g
Basket weight: 10 g
Tip protector: 10 g
Min packed length: 38 cm
5 sections
Handle length: 13 cm
Tungsten tip
Top pole diameter: 16 mm
Bottom pole diameter: 14 mm
Bottom pole diameter: 14 mm
Min / Max usable pole length: 110 / 130 cm

Origin: China


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Efficient and Light

I have used these poles on days walks and more recently on a 5 day trek in Scotland. These poles were amazing. They literally took the load off and gave me good stability in difficult terrain.
They pack away nicely and on to the side of my pack, leaving room in there for more items. The only thing that hasn't worked is the basket grip, which is now flexing and will soon break off.
Overall, a bargain price for a good bit of lightweight kit that will help in long walks.

Fantastic for long days and just in case!

These get thrown into my pack for every longer hike, two mean one for me and one for a friend if needed! I've also walked continuously for 8+ hour days and found them very comfortable. Top notch!

Compact walking poles

Light weight, very compact & easily fit into a small rucksack or small suitcase. I did wonder how robust they might be but used them for a week of low level walking in the Alps so rocky walking and they still seem perfect. Would definitely recommend.

Great poles, great value for money, small straps

Love these poles. Had similar Leki ones in the past and love the small sections and really quick deployment.
Lost a star for the small hand loops. The 'Nordic' design of them is great - loads of support on the hands when walking. And they're fine for me when I'm not wearing gloves, but they're way too small for UK Winter use with gloves on. Make them 'adult' sized and you're on for a winner. I also notice some people don't like the nordic style, so maybe a swappable 'normal' strap for them?

Seth from Birmingham
Understand the grip style before buying

Bought these expecting a trekking pole similar to the carbonlite, which my wife has, but in alloy version. However the handle is very different on these. Nordic walking style hand strap is included, instead of normal wrist straps seen on carbonlites. The hand strap on these is a tight fit for me. My hands are 23cm cirmuference for glove sizes, and this is a bit tight in these hand straps. My wife's hands fit in no problem, with room to spare. But I'm concerned that the tightness of the grip will be uncomfy when used for a long duration on a walk.

Also, because you are 'strapped in' to the pole, you can't just drop them or put them down quickly like you could with a wrist strap. I think this might start to annoy me

Haven't used them in anger yet, but these are my initial impressions. There is next to no information about the hand strap in the item description, so thought i would add a review for the benefit of other buyers.

The alloy pole looks sturdy and good quality. Clamp is good. Noticeably heavier than the carbonlite, so in case you were wondering, yes you can tell the difference in weight between the two!

Should have read the reviews!

These seem to be designed to be used only with your hands through the straps. I'm looking for something light and small to pull out when I need a bit of extra support, especially going downhill, to look after my knees. Which means having the top of the handle in the palm of my hand. With these that's impossible - the top just isn't designed for that with sharp edges! To be fair, another review pointed this out, but I didn't notice! But I don't see why the design shouldn't be multifunctional, so I can have a pole that folds up small!

Could do better...

Strong, light, small pack size - yes! However, the handles are not comfy, especially when going downhill and you want to place your palms on top. In addition, I'm not convinced by the hand loops 1. could be a bit dodgy if you fell whilst strapped in (I didn't try this, so not sure what would happen) 2. you wouldn't be able to wear a thick pair of winter gloves whilst using the hand loops or if you've hands like shovels.

Good Quality Pole Shame about the Handle and Strap!

The poles themselves look well made, problem with the pole is that there is no flat section on the top of the handle to use it as a walking stick. The hand straps seem to be designed for a person with very small hands, also you could only use them in warm weather as there is no way you could get a pair of gloves on also! Alpkit usually sells walking gear that has been really well thought out so its a shame to give a bad review, a modification to the handle section would make a big difference! If it were only the pole section itself being reviewed they would have got 4 or 5 stars.

Ron C
Shame about the straps and folding mechanism.

I agree totally with others about the hand straps, they are too small. However one of the first pair I received had a faulty spring clip and would not lock into place. This was promptly replaced without any fuss. Used occasionally for six months then folded them to take them on holiday. Dismayed to find that, at the start of a walk, two of the four sticks were jammed solid and would not unfold. A week's walking with only one stick each. Managed to release them at home with the aid of a vice and mole wrench. That was not the end of the matter because the spring clips had again jammed, released one but the other flicked inside out of sight. About to make another return.