These have a name on them familiar to us all. Leki are the Hoover or the iPod of trekking poles, a brand name that comes represent a product. I had a set of Makalu Antishocks a while back, fine poles, but antishock is loved only by the store buyers who think customers need gimicks. The pole manufacturers fit it for those folk, not because they like it or we need it. Like ankle support, it’s a bunch of arse.
So what I’ve got here is a pair of three-section carbon poles without antishock, simple well shaped handles and the usual carbide tip with mini baskets. A big difference is the left and right specific straps. They’re length adjustable but also they have a different twist on either pole which feels pretty good and apparently will come off your hand if you go on your face down the hillside ensuring the absence of a torso/pole kebab-esque moment to remember.
They have the regular twist-to-lock length adjustment, and the production versions have sexy looking silver caps on the handles while the likes of me gets the plain black. Who said kit testing was all glamour.
They’re light, how light I’ll confirm later, and pack down short at just over 2 feet. The carbon itself is neatly finished ootside and in as far as I can see. I like the look of them because they are simple and functional, and of course light. They’ll be getting the usual long term work out and I’ll come back to them and see how they’ve done and look in a bit more detail.
Pole technique is another thing. Two poles, a single pole, Nordic Walking, leaning on them to hold yourself up, there’s a world of possibility to win or lose in there. The Man of Leki has suggested we have a shot of proper Nordic walking. I forsee anguish and the statement “I think we all learned something today…”. More later.