Out on the trail, having a good pair of hiking poles can make a big difference. For example, poles can make the difference between nimbly navigating a choppy talus field and limping back to the car with a swollen ankle. Or the difference between popping back up onto your snowshoes and wallowing hopelessly in fluffy unpacked powder like an overturned turtle.
When picking poles, a great choice is LEKI’s Micro Stick. Built from segmented aircraft aluminum, these trekking poles are LEKI’s premier option for climbers, day hikers, or long-distance hikers. They pack down to only 15 inches, so you can strap them to the outside of your pack with ease. Since they’re tremendously lightweight, you don’t even know you’re carrying them until you need them. Weighing in at a scant 250 grams—barely over half a pound—you won’t be able to tell whether you packed hiking poles or a few extra energy bars.
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Leki is all about trekking poles, and they do a damn fine job at it. We got the opportunity to test out the Leki Corklite AERGON Speedlock AS poles, and they didn’t disappoint. The Speedlock locking system is super easy and quick, while the poles maintain very low weight at just 16 ounces. These aluminum bad boys have all the bells and whistles. Check out the review, and stop by Leki.com for even more!
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The Cressidas are part of Leki’s “Wildflower” line designed for women.
I wasn’t expecting to bond with the Leki Cressida AERGON SpeedLock AS trekking poles — not because the name is a mouthful or because I have anything against sleek European engineering, but because I had never actually used trekking poles.
It was love at first hike. First, adjusting the Cressidas is a snap. You simply flip out the two blaze-orange clips, extend the pole to your desired height (the range is 65-125 cm), and flip the clips back in place to lock it. Repeat with the other pole. It took about as much time as tying my shoes. This, I reasoned brilliantly, was why Leki named them SpeedLocks rather than SlowLocks.
The Leki Micro Stick Trekking Poles are geared for those that are weight conscious, or always looking to shave a few ounces from their gear to get to their destination faster. The Micro Sticks do this by adding a new spin on an old concept. The Micro Stick’s are not your standard telescoping trekking, rather these aluminum poles can be folded/collapsed down into 3 small segments. This feature makes it easy to find a place for your poles when they are not in use; strap them under your pack lid, bungee them the outside, packed inside, or place them along the side of your pack. They will fit just about anywhere because they pack down to about 15 inches and weigh a mere 8.8 ounces/pole, or a little over 1 lb for the set.
Read More: LEKI Micro Stick Trekking Poles Review
Lindsey Vonn uses LEKI Nordic Walking to cross train during the off season months.
“The new LEKI Photo Carbon Speedlock doubles as a hiking stick and a monopod. Adjustable from 69 to 170 cm, the Photo Carbon Speedlock’s three clamps secure tightly. The clamps did not fail through heavy use in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and the trails of Western Pennsylvania.
The versatile handle on the Carbon Speedlock allows for a few various way to use it. Adjust it to the traditional length to meet your arm bent at a 90 degree angle. Or shorten it so it fits under your palm, and use it like a cane.
The handle on the LEKI Photo Carbon Speedlock unlocks and twists off to expose a screw to mount a camera or camcorder. Instead of relying on the steadiness of your hand to capture some epic backcountry shots, let the camera mount do the heavy lifting.”
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Following the "trail" in Willow Canyon
It’s that time of year in the shop. Customers with backpacking equipment lists bound for adventure start their journey in your store. We know the drill. Start with the boot fit. Next the pack fit. Then with the boots on and the pack loaded help them with all the other essentials. One item that’s usually found on the “optional” part of that list is trekking poles.
It can be easy to dismiss that “optional” item. Trekking poles can seem gimmicky, only for wussies or backpacker nerds. Plus it can be a $100+ “optional” item on that list. But after a great clinic as a shop employee and some “Trekking Pole Trails” of my own I’ve changed my mind.
Great review from Amy. She recently took the poles on a Yosemite Backpacking Trip.
LEKI Corklite AERGON Speedlock
ROBONZA: Corklite Aergon Speedlock
“I have never owned hiking poles before. But call me a believer. When hiking up and down really rocky or steep terrain these are just so helpful. I would have never believed how much of a difference these make. You are much more stable on the descents, and you are more efficient on the uphills.”
Gear Junkie: Breaking Point: Trekking Pole Test
LEKI Carbon 4
“In normal use, the poles are durable. Indeed, I was the only person on Team GearJunkie.com who broke a pole. The other team members’ poles survived miles and miles of off-trail trekking and abuse. My moss scenarios were rare and unfortunate mishaps not often replicated in average outdoors situations.”