I’m a big fan of trekking poles and I never go backpacking without mine. People wouldn’t describe me as having good balance, and heavy backpacks don’t help. Trekking poles help when crossing creeks, when walking on slick or steep terrain, and they help when climbing and descending. LEKI makes some of the best trekking poles, and they are celebrating their 70th anniversary. The top of the line MVC Black Series CLD looks incredible. Check out the press release below.
LEKI Revamps Trekking Pole Line Top to Bottom for Spring 2019
BUFFALO, NY – July, 2018 – This year marks LEKI’s 70th Anniversary and to celebrate the company has done a complete overhaul of its trekking pole line for next spring. Innovative technology, creative feature sets and price points that can’t be beat. This new line has it all.
BEST TECHNICAL INNOVATION
At the pinnacle is the Black Series CLD pole that recently won the coveted OutDoor Industry Award at the OutDoor Show in Germany. This adjustable folding pole made of 100 percent High Modulus Carbon is packed with technical features including the innovative new Core Locking Device (CLD) that has the functionality and ease of use that is similar to the clicking mechanism of a pen: the pole can be locked with a simple pull and then clicked into place. The mechanism is completely integrated inside the pole and protected from the elements, and one complete shaft segment is no longer needed so the weight of the pole is reduced by 13 percent, weighing in at only 207 grams. Other features include the edgeless Aergon grip, the breathable and lightweight Skin Strap and the SpeedLock 2 external locking system that allows for variable length adjustment from 110 to 130 cm. The packed dimensions remain a compact 40 cm. MSRP: $249.
BEST USER-FRIENDLY TECHNOLOGY
The External Locking Device (ELD), a one-touch mechanism on the outside of the pole that makes it easier to assemble/pack down a folding pole, made its debut this spring on the Micro Vario Carbon (Black) pole with rave reviews and is being integrated into four carbon folding poles for next season. The Micro Vario Carbon AS (antishock, $229), the Women’s Micro Vario Carbon AS (antishock, $229), the Micro Vario Carbon ($199), and the Women’s Micro Vario Carbon ($199).
LEKI has packed even more technology into lower price point models for next spring. First in line is the Legacy Lite Cor-Tec. At just $99 MSRP, this pole features a fan favorite the Cor-Tec comfort grip made with 80 percent natural cork, and is adjustable from 100-135cm using the new SpeedLock + external pole length adjustment locking device. The next generation SpeedLock + is a one-piece injection-molded lock that is now more user-friendly when manually adjusting the tension dial. Weighing in at just 8.6 oz. per pole, the Legacy Lite Cor-Tec (and Women’s Legacy Lite Cor-Tec) is sure to win any “best value pole” award next season. Additionally, the Makalu makes its return with fresh new features as the Makalu Lite Cor-Tec featuring the Aergon Cor-Tec cork grip ($119, antishock $139).
BEST WOMEN SPECIFIC FEATURES
LEKI makes poles specifically for women featuring grips that are 15 percent smaller than their unisex counterparts, along with shorter adjustable lengths (90 to 125cm for telescoping poles and 100 to 120cm for folding poles) that ultimately pack down small enough to fit into women-specific backpacks. In addition to the Women’s Micro Vario Carbon AS, Women’s Micro Vario Carbon, the Women’s Legacy Lite Cor-Tec AS and the Women’s Legacy Lite Cor-Tec mentioned above, LEKI will also introduce the Women’s Cressida Cor-Tec (the Makalu’s sister pole, $119) and the Women’s Cressida Thermo AS ($139).