After one of my Leki Trekking Poles basically fell apart, I looked around for some new ones. I decided on a pair of Fizan Compact Poles, attracted to both the claim that they are the lightest 3 section Trekking pole in the world and some good reviews on the product.
As I have suffered with knee problems in the past (I am glad to say that with a lot of work in the gym they bother me less and less) I find a pair of poles an essential tool for walking and backpacking.
Fizan, have been making ski and trekking poles in Italy since 1947 and were supposedly the first company to use aluminium in their products.
Made from Aluminium alloy 7001 – same as lightweight tent poles
Folded length is 58 cm ( 23”)
Maximum length 132 cm (52”)
Weight of each pole 158g (5.6oz)
EVA grip with a Neoprene strap
50 mm Trekking baskets
My experience with the Poles
I purchased these back in October 2011 and I have used these on all my walks both locally and out on the hills and fells since. The poles are incredibly light to hold, to use and on occasions to carry. They are a joy to use and the weight means there is no fatigue when swinging them forward for hours at an end.
Despite being so lightweight (80-90g lighter than carbon fibre) they are strong being made of 7001 aluminium alloy and will take my weight (73 kg or 158 lbs) swinging on them. They grips are comfortable as well as the neoprene straps attached to them.
The three section pole is easy to adjust. They do not have ferrules, as the jointing mechanism is completely inside the pole. The only slight issue is the paint is easily scratched but this does not really worry me.
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Price: RRP £55.00 per pair.
What I like: Great weight and price. Fatigue free use.
What I don’t like: Nothing other than the poles scratch easily.