We saw some Fizan samples at KORS and interest was most definitely piqued. I got a cryptic call last week saying hat I should expect some test kit, but no details were forthcoming. Today I opened a courier box and there were some trekking poles in there, and with some unusual features…
Fizan are new to the UK, Allcord are launching them right now, but the first set of ski poles were made by their founder in 1947 in northeast Italy. Domenico Fincati was that man, he’s still on the board of directors now, and they’re still a family business.
But where are we at these days? There’s a huge range, but the Compacts are the ones that Ian Smith had to prise back out of my hands at KORS. They’re the worlds lightest three-section aluminium pole at 158g each, but I can’t see any corners cut here.
The section ends have no plastic caps, the reasoning being that they’re dirt and moisture traps and actually do heehaw, the lengths go from a very packable 58cm to a tall bloke’s usable 132cm. The finishing is good, the handles are comfortable and the wrist straps are thick and adjustable. The tips are carbide and the twist lock widgets are robust looking and easy to adjust.
They look good and feel good, and as you’ll notice below the test samples have some extra lettering…
Hey, if Italians can spell Macfarlane correctly why can’t my in-laws?
More on these as we go.