leki trekking pole advice...

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leki trekking pole advice...

Postby lafutura » Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:50 pm

so i know trekking pole discussions have been had on here (and i did look through them first before posting).

i have some leki poles that have the twist locks. despite adjusting them prior to using them (and yes, i know how to pull them apart to do so), it never fails that one accidentally slips, usually when i am in cold weather. i'm completely over this.

the problem is i have a pro deal with leki so i get poles at wholesale. wondering if anyone uses leki speedlock poles and likes them. is it worth it for me to just bite the bullet and go with black diamond (though which model i'm not sure of)?

thanks for some words of wisdom!
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Re: leki trekking pole advice...

Postby MUni Rider » Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:13 pm

My twist locks are collecting a year of dust and are only still in my house to serve as a back up for anyone I know that doesn't have a pair for a last minute trip that may arise.

Your sanity and is peace of mind is more valuable than the few dollars that you will save from the Leki pro deal. Just get the flicklocks and don't look back.

By the way, Black Diamond's patent on the flicklock expired a year or two ago and now the feature is showing up on many other brands, to include the cheap stuff at Walmart.
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Re: leki trekking pole advice...

Postby lafutura » Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:20 pm

ah, that explains all the comments about getting poles at walmart - i didn't understand that history behind the patent expiring. good point on my sanity being worth the $. i try to do a decent amount of research before buying products that i may need to rely on at some point, and how on earth i ended up reading that the twist locks would be a good purchase is beyond me.

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Re: leki trekking pole advice...

Postby lafutura » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:27 am

unfortunately i've been down the road with all that with them...the plastic parts are in great shape, the poles are clean, etc. - i expect poles to work in varying temperatures. after all, the base temp is never the same as the summit, and i'm one to not let cold weather stop my hiking! i think the twist lock poles should come with a warning like "if you don't hike in exactly the same temperatures all the time, expect the poles to malfunction on you."

thankfully it looks like rei has a sale on the bd alpine carbon cork poles. think that has pushed me in the end to give the middle finger to leki!
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Re: leki trekking pole advice...

Postby edhaman » Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:20 pm

Take your poles to the gear rental department at REI. They cleaned out my Leki poles and the twist locks work fine now. You can also try taking the poles apart and screwing in the lock devices slightly. That will spread them apart a little so they grab better. (It's hard - so to speak - to keep this thread from turning sexual!)
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Re: leki trekking pole advice...

Postby Gareth » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:07 am

After fighting the twist locks on my REI poles since January 2008 (cold weather), they finally seemed to quit catching altogether at the end of September. I replaced them with a pair of these:

http://www.rei.com/product/812367/rei-traverse-powerlock-trekking-poles-pair

They have the flicklock-type adjusters, and they were an upgrade (for me) to cork handles.
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Re: leki trekking pole advice...

Postby I Man » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:09 am

Don't use Leki Poles. They will continue to fail you in the cold, on the trail, anytime they want/you need them.

The BD "Flip Lock" system is the only reliable pole on the market.
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Re: leki trekking pole advice...

Postby davebks » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:22 am

I have these, http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/mountain/trekking-poles/distance-fl-trekking-pole and really like them.
The only bad thing about them is they don't have much of a basket so if you are going in deep snow they can punch through a lot, but in general they are light, compact, and hike well.
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Re: leki trekking pole advice...

Postby crestone14ers » Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:14 pm

I Man wrote:Don't use Leki Poles. They will continue to fail you in the cold, on the trail, anytime they want/you need them.

The BD "Flip Lock" system is the only reliable pole on the market.


My eight plus year old Leki Super Makalu Core Tec poles have been on many peaks and trails in all types of weather conditions and have never failed me!

When I had to replace two lower sections that were bent due to my fault, Leki replaced them for free in a very quick turnaround.

These same poles are still being used today with great success. :wink:
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Re: leki trekking pole advice...

Postby I Man » Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:18 pm

crestone14ers wrote:
I Man wrote:Don't use Leki Poles. They will continue to fail you in the cold, on the trail, anytime they want/you need them.

The BD "Flip Lock" system is the only reliable pole on the market.


My eight plus year old Leki Super Makalu Core Tec poles have been on many peaks and trails in all types of weather conditions and have never failed me!

When I had to replace two lower sections that were bent due to my fault, Leki replaced them for free in a very quick turnaround.

These same poles are still being used today with great success. :wink:


I have the same poles and gave up trying to fix them after many tries. I know many others that have had the same experience. I am MUCH happier with my BD Poles.
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Re: leki trekking pole advice...

Postby crestone14ers » Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:25 pm

I Man wrote:
crestone14ers wrote:
I Man wrote:Don't use Leki Poles. They will continue to fail you in the cold, on the trail, anytime they want/you need them.

The BD "Flip Lock" system is the only reliable pole on the market.


My eight plus year old Leki Super Makalu Core Tec poles have been on many peaks and trails in all types of weather conditions and have never failed me!

When I had to replace two lower sections that were bent due to my fault, Leki replaced them for free in a very quick turnaround.

These same poles are still being used today with great success. :wink:


I have the same poles and gave up trying to fix them after many tries. I know many others that have had the same experience. I am MUCH happier with my BD Poles.


Good for you. :roll:
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Re: leki trekking pole advice...

Postby lafutura » Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:56 pm

edhaman wrote:Take your poles to the gear rental department at REI. They cleaned out my Leki poles and the twist locks work fine now. You can also try taking the poles apart and screwing in the lock devices slightly. That will spread them apart a little so they grab better. (It's hard - so to speak - to keep this thread from turning sexual!)


ha ha! unfortunately i can say that i have already been doing these adjustments on my own. i had contacted leki about the problem (this was when the poles had only been used a handful of times) and they told me how to "fix" the issue. i put the word fix in quotes as it would only work if i didn't encounter much colder weather. makes sense in a way that they would fail with that change in temperature because the plastic that is inside is likely to become less pliable. i can't say i'm thrilled with the idea of taking off my gloves on the mountainside and making all sorts of adjustments based on temperature changes.

@crestone14ers - impressed that leki provided that service to you. they were less accommodating with me when i first reported the issues i was encountering. also nice to know that there are people out there that have had nothing but success with their poles.

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