Mont.Black, a British alpine equipment start-up based in Leeds, has unveiled the ATP-01, an alpine ski and trekking pole that can be instantly adjusted at the press of a handle-mounted button. This enables the user to change the length quickly and easily without stopping to fiddle with clasps.
The pole is the result of four years of research and development in which Mont.Black combined its background in mechanical engineering with its passion for outdoor sports, the company said. The smaller internal parts in the ATP-01 are made using industrial-scale metal 3D printing. The pole can be extended to a maximum length of 140cm.
The new ATP-01 has a retail price of around €200 per pair and was launched via crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, where it is available for €134 per pair to early backers. Mont.Black expects to deliver the pole to crowdfunders by the end of December this year, in time for most of the 2021/22 winter season.
The brand claims that sustainability is the most important aspect of its work and that it has committed to offsetting 115 percent of its carbon footprint.