Combining lightweight design with features like integrated antishock, advanced external locking mechanisms, and ergonomic cork grips, LEKI Corklike DSS trekking poles offer support and durability at a weight of only 17.98 ounces per pair.
The poles feature LEKI's Dynamic Suspension System (DSS) that reduces stress on the joints, muscles, and ligaments. This system reduces the peak impact force by up to 40%, protecting muscles, joints and ligaments. LEKI places the DSS Antishock system close to the point of impact by placing the system right above the tip of the pole.
Incorporating a positive angle that preserves a natural position for your wrists, the dynamic, lightweight AERGON COR-TEC grips have an ovoid shape that can be palmed or held traditionally. The grips are made from 80% natural ground cork and 20% latex, making them strong and comfortable. Rubberized, dimpled tops offer textured grip points and ultra-lightweight, easy-to-adjust straps reduce stress on your wrists and provide additional security and comfort.
LEKI's Speed Lock 2 system utilizes integrated stainless steel pressure plates to provide a secure lock and keep pole sections from slipping. The fiberglass-reinforced mechanism resists stretching so it retains its locking ability after repeated use.
The poles employ carbide flex tips that deflect up to 30 degrees without damaging the lower pole sections. This reduces the risk of pole breakage if the pole should get caught between rocks or tree roots on the trail. Standard trekking baskets are included and are interchangeable with a simple screw on/off design that stays secure. Optional snowflake and deep powder baskets (sold separately) allow the poles to be converted for winter use.
Sold in pairs, LEKI Corklite DSS trekking poles have a usable adjustability range of 39.5"-53.1".
- SPEEDLOCK 2 (upper section) / Super Lock Soft Antishock (lower section)
- Exclusive AERGON grip (surface material varies by model)
- Ultralite16mm/14mm/12mm HTS 6.5 Series Aluminum Shaft sections
- Adjustment range 69 – 135cm
- Carbide Flextips with interchangeable basket system
- Aergon COR-TEC grip. 80% natural ground cork/20% plastic for long term comfort and wear
Best Use Backpacking, Hiking Item Weight 17.98 oz/pr Warranty Limited Lifetime Type Aluminum Shafts Minimum Length 39.5" (100 cm), collapsed length of 26.38" (67 cm) Maximum Length 53.1" (135 cm)
Real Customer Reviews
- DSS a gimmick, adds more weight towards the end of the trekking poles
Likes: They do work, they're strong, solidly built, and the locking mechanism is faster than the twisting ones.
Dislikes: I have a few dislikes with these trekking poles (compared to a 2013 model of TUNDRA XS ANTISHOCK):
1) heavy! maybe not in terms of weight but in terms of rotational inertia when you're swinging it back and forth
2) The DSS is a gimmick! I felt much more vibrations compared to a model we had 4 years ago from Leki (of the same price range) You would assume technology has advanced in those 4 years!
3) The straps on these poles compared to the model we have from 4 years ago are a joke. The best way to describe these straps... the ribbons you get from opening a present. Leki tried to spin this as "light weight, breathable, 'high quality' straps", but make no mistake, these are cost cutting straps and they will not fool anyone.
4) when they are stored away, telescoped to the shortest length, they're still longer than most of the trekking poles we have. I know it's in the descriptions before I bought them but I just assumed that for this price, I'm buying more technology in these poles.
All in all, I think it's not worth the price. Don't get me wrong, these are great poles, it's just not $125 great. These are more like $50 or $60 great. And at that point, I'd rather go to your closest wholesale membership markets and get those instead.
- Simple and effective
Likes: I had these poles for my second backpacking trip I went on. The trail system I was on flooded the previous year and caused mass erosion to the trail, roads, and bridges. I still wanted to complete the whole trail and I am glad I brought these poles along. Parts of the trail were completed destroyed, wet, and covered with fallen rocks. The poles allowed me to keep my balance consistently without fault. The poles were stable enough to hold my weight plus the pack when coming close to falling. I would also say that the updated antishock feature on the poles did reduce strain over a long day of hiking.
Dislikes: None so far.
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