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    Default How to choose which Leki poles to get?

    I wore out my old poles, so now I need new ones. I want to get Lekis because of their quality and their good service record (free repairs at Trail Days!)

    But they have a zillion different varieties.

    I weigh only about 155, so I don't need super strong heavy weight ones. And I don't care much about the shock absorber thingy, it doesn't seem to make much difference when hiking in the mountains.

    So does anyone have any good recommendations?
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    cork handles are nice...
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    Which are cheapest? That's what I'd get. It's just a stick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skinewmexico View Post
    It's just a stick.
    Not according to Leki.
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    When my Black Diamonds need replacing, I'll be going with these:

    LEKI Corklite Aergon Speedlock Trekking Poles - 16.6oz. per pair - $89.95 Free Shipping - In Stock

    http://www.mountainsports.com/msmain...&Detail=175371

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    You should ask Elder. He knows all about Leki poles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Wildman View Post
    When my Black Diamonds need replacing, I'll be going with these:

    LEKI Corklite Aergon Speedlock Trekking Poles - 16.6oz. per pair - $89.95 Free Shipping - In Stock

    http://www.mountainsports.com/msmain...&Detail=175371
    I'm considering those too. I don't think I'm gunna go with the UL Carbon ones. I don't want to worry about breaking them and thats a good price.
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    Thumbs up Cork

    Quote Originally Posted by Luddite View Post
    I'm considering those too. I don't think I'm gunna go with the UL Carbon ones. I don't want to worry about breaking them and thats a good price.
    I hear ya,
    Plus 199.00 for the carbon ones, OUCH!!!
    And the foam grips tend to get a little slimy while the cork, Not so much.
    And I just noticed that these are lighter than the carbon ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luddite View Post
    Not according to Leki.
    Yeah, and you should spend 2-3 months salary on an engagement ring, Ford has a better idea, and a million other things we've been programmed by advertisers to believe as truth.
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    I have the Leki Summit Antishock (T2032) and the Trail Antishock (T02030). The classic expander locking system is bombproof and I'm convinced the antishock feature save me from snapping a pole on numerous occasions.

    I like the classic rubber grip compared to the "COR-TEC" grip since it's softer.

    No matter, Leki poles are my brand of choice for long distance hiking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Wildman View Post
    I hear ya,
    Plus 199.00 for the carbon ones, OUCH!!!
    And the foam grips tend to get a little slimy while the cork, Not so much.
    And I just noticed that these are lighter than the carbon ones.
    I just found out those lekis with the cork grip are 2.5oz heavier than advertised.


    Quote Originally Posted by skinewmexico View Post
    Yeah, and you should spend 2-3 months salary on an engagement ring, Ford has a better idea, and a million other things we've been programmed by advertisers to believe as truth.
    But they said everything else is just a stick.
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    True. I actually left my Leki's leaning against the truck last time I went walking, and someone needed them more than me. Just trying to decide between the internal lock (that I never had trouble with), and the speed lock. That's a great price on those Corklite Aergon Speedlock Trekking Poles. With the free shipping, that's really close to what I would pay on a pro form.
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    My Super Makalu poles have been good to me, but I wanted to save a LOT of weight so I went with the Gossamer Gear LT4 poles this year.

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    I'm gonna go ahead and totally reccomend REI carbon shocks, reg. 195 but on sale right now for 99.

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    I've been using the Carbonlite AERGON for the past 4 years with no issues.

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    Here's something to consider...

    Don't get the lightest poles you can find. Save your money and your arms. Yes. You heard correctly. My arms felt so weak after my thru hike even though I used hiking poles. It wasn't nearly as much excercise as I imagined. For my next thru, I'm actually going to ADD weight to my poles. Think about that!
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    I use the Leki Super Makalus with the angled cork handles....I've had em for years ...well...key word I HAD them..Now I only have 1 of em left.....weird how they can bounce outta your truck leaving Joyce Kilmer when you just throw your pack in the truck and forget to close the tail gate...fortunately I looked back in the mirror before my pack had bounced out too. It was halfway out..of course I went back looking for it but it was gone..no telling where it went when it hit the highway..always close those tailgates... Leki poles are expensive...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoneRidgeRunner View Post
    I use the Leki Super Makalus with the angled cork handles....I've had em for years ...well...key word I HAD them..Now I only have 1 of em left.....weird how they can bounce outta your truck leaving Joyce Kilmer when you just throw your pack in the truck and forget to close the tail gate...fortunately I looked back in the mirror before my pack had bounced out too. It was halfway out..of course I went back looking for it but it was gone..no telling where it went when it hit the highway..always close those tailgates... Leki poles are expensive...
    Yes, and worth every penny!

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    Leki Makalu Corklite Trekking pole owner here.
    15 ounces, adjustable length, three sections.
    Bought them in Idylwild CA at mile 175 of the PCT in 2009 cause them mountains were beating my knees up on the downhills.
    The tips last about 800-1000 miles before the little metal ring wears thin enough to let the carbide tip come loose.
    If your shelter uses grommets for set up you can whittle a small twig to poke into the worn out tips each night until you get the tips replaced. (Run hot water over the tip and it pops right off easy)
    The only warranty issue I had was after 2,500 miles I found a crack in the middle section where the expander doo-hickey is pressed into the aluminum tube.
    Leki replaced the section free of charge.
    By the way, Leki has a rep at ADZPCTKO in Lake Morena (Mile 20 NoBo PCT) every year. It's a great place to get your poles tuned up for free.
    The corklite handles are starting to wear down to the plastic after 5,600 miles and the straps are a bit frayed.
    I fully expect my leki's to survive another 2175 miles this year.
    Although I will include an extra set of tips in a resupply around the halfway point just for preventative maintenance.

    A friend of mine had bent a section of her Leki's in the Sierra. Leki shipped a new section to her General Delivery no problem.
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