Ideal for thru-hikers and ounce-counting backpackers, LEKI Carbonlite trekking poles offer premium performance at weight of just 14.7 ounces per pair!
Utilizing full carbon construction to weigh in at just 14.7 ounces per pair, LEKI Carbonlite Trekking Poles are ideal for ounce counting backpackers, for through hikers, anyone looking for ultra light weight on trail support. Let’s take a closer look at the features of Carbonlite poles.
Carbonlite poles are three section poles. You have got three all carbon shaft sections. The usable range here on the low end 24.7 inches, maximum of just over 53 inches. In maintaining that lightweight construction you do have internal locking mechanisms. So pull that apart so you can see how that functions. There is a threaded post and there is an expander sleeve over that, so when you turn the poles and that expander travels up the threaded post, it expands and pinches against the interior of the shaft section above it. It gives it a very, very strong lock, but does so in a very light weight fashion. Again, that is what enables these poles to weigh in at well under 15 ounces for the pair.
There is a really nice grip on these poles. I love the fact that despite them having such an ultra light weight design that LEKI didn’t skimp on the grip itself. You have got great ergonomics here. This is the AERGON Thermo XL grip. So that Thermo references the fact that this is a foam grip. It has got a really nice next to skin feel.
At the top of the pole this is the AERGON portion of that grip. You can see it’s some-what oval egg shaped there. In those instances where you have got your hand over the top of the grip, that actually fits really nicely in your hand. A little bit of dimpling there gives it some texture that, again, adds to, you know, how comfortable that is in the palm.
There is an extended portion to this grip. So you have got the foam that extends further down the shaft section. It has got some texturing as well. If you are using this with gloved hands that makes it a lot easier to grab these poles. If you are doing any kind of switch backing or you are in the kind of situation on trail where the grade keeps changing on you, you might want, without this, to be making constant micro adjustments to the height of the poles. Instead of having to do that, you can just change where you are actually grabbing the pole. So I like the versatility that that adds to the poles.
Each of the poles has an adjustable wrist strap. If you pull up on that piece, you can change the setting, basically put those straps at the point you find them most comfortable to use and then you get a little bit of help to take some of that wear and tear and stress off of your wrists.
On the opposite end of the poles you will find LEKI’s carbide flex tips. This three and a half to four inch section is a single piece the very tip of which is the carbide portion that will come into contact with the ground, really gives an ideal bite on dirt and on trails. If you were to be using these on improved surfaces or intend to use them primarily on rocks, smoother surfaces, you should definitely think about picking up LEKI’s rubber tips. It is just a press fit design that goes right over that, that carbide portion and will give you better purchase on those types of surfaces.
This entire piece is replaceable and is designed in such a fashion that if you were to wedge these poles or get them in some position that might otherwise jeopardize the integrity of the shaft sections, this would instead shear away. And, again, that is a replaceable part, something that is fixable even if it would happen in the back country. You could get by without it in a way that you are not going to be able to keep using the poles if they actually break.
This small disk is LEKI’s performance basket. Those are included with each pair of these poles. In most surfaces that is sufficient to keep the poles from digging too deeply into the ground. If that happens, you are no longer getting the support and stability that you would expected from those poles. These can be swapped out. There is a threaded design that lets you take these off and use in their place broader diameter snow or even deep powder baskets, so broader discs that keep those poles from, again, sinking too deeply into those kinds of surfaces. Those, again, sold separately, but they are available and will fit these poles.
LEKI Carbonlite Trekking Poles, again, that great ultra light weight design, but without skimping on some of the other features that make them such great options for weight conscious backpackers or through hikers.