I am in no way an elite cross country skier, but I have been skiing since the age of three. This means that I am very comfortable using poles. I walk much faster with them, and they have saved my knees and ankles on several occations. Normally I use a very comfortable and light pair of Fizan Compact UL Trekking Poles that also work excellent together with my Hilleberg Anjan tent. However; When I started to plan for the Camino, I realised that there will be a lot of asphalt. I will probably fold my poles and put them in my backpack for long periods of the day, so I want some really light and small poles that can be easily stowed away.
In my search for ultralight and small poles I found the Skyrunner Ultra poles from Mountain King. Skyrunning is a race form where people run murderously steep uphill in the mountains, and these poles are designed for that kind of race. They are incredibly light, and so small when folded that they can fit inside any runner’s vest. I have tested them a lot, and they seem durable. I might put some other material on the handles though, the fabric there is a bit rough to the hands. If the worst thing happens and the poles snap I will simply buy new (heavier) ones in text big town. If this happens, it will be a bit sad but it won’t stop me from walking the Camino. I am willing to take the risk of bringing a very lightweight solution that might not be as durable as a heavier option would be.
Weight: 220 g (for two 110 cm poles)