Choosing Your Leki Poles
All About Choosing your Leki Poles
Are all hiking and trekking poles the same?
If you are saying this to yourself, you've come to the right place. First of all, we know it's hard to "shop" online - especially for poles - because yes, the pictures all look the same and it's so hard to see the details. And even if you could look at the poles in detail, you still wouldn't "see" the differences, because so much is in the ever-changing technology.
But rest assured there are differences in all of these Leki poles and we're hoping that the following information will help you put it all in perspective.
Here are three main components of a Leki pole - or any hiking or trekking pole:
The locking system
anti-shock or no?
If you understand how the pole you are looking at is configured, you will better see why it is priced the way it is. And when you compare these aspect to your lifestyle and intended use, you can better evaluate the value for your money as it relates to you.
Read on for a description of each of these pole features specific to Leki technologies, as well as some thoughts of what you should consider for the Leki pole that is best for you.
Leki takes pride in their Aergon grip. Basically the grip is designed in terms of shape and material. In the end these things add up to how the pole grip feels in your hand, and whether/how it helps support your walking or trekking efficiency.
The locking system
Until recently Black Diamond had the lock - pun intended - on their "flick lock" technology. And although the twist-to-lock technologies are ever evolving and work extremely well, there is no denying the many people - some of us here at CCOutdoorStore.com too - just love the physical and emotional feel of "snapping" a lock. Black Diamond's patent prevented others from emulating this simple and very secure pole locking system. But in 2010, Black Diamond's patent ran out. They still have their great "Flick Lock" technology, but now other manufacturers are able to create their own version - enter Leki's Speedlock system. Most of our team at CC Outdoor Store loves that fulfilling "snap" of Leki's Speedlock system. But does it really work better than the less expensive and sometimes lighter twist-to-lock technology? Our jury's still out. You'll have to make the decision for yourself on whether you want your next hiking poles to have the new and more expensive locking system.
Anti-shock or no?
Many people extoll the virtues of anti-shock poles. In rugged and/or uneven terrain, poles with anti-shock technology can reduce the jarring strain on elbow joints. What kind of walking or hiking do you do? This will determine how valuable the more expensive anti-shock technology is to you. Of note, our team here is excited about Leki's Antishock System Lite technology, which helps to make Leki Poles lighter and more compact!
Now that you've learned about Leki Poles, it's time to go check them out.