Combining lightweight design with features like antishock, advanced locking mechanisms and ergonomic grips, LEKI's Cressida Antishock Women's trekking poles offer support and durability at a weight of only 15.8 ounces per pair.
Offering exceptional stability on the trail, the LEKI Women’s Cressida Antishock Pole is perfect for backpacking, hiking, traveling, anywhere where you need a pole that is fully featured, that is extremely light weight and also offers antishock.
The first thing to talk about with this pole is the locking mechanisms. So you do have a three section telescoping pole here, which just means that each of the shaft sections telescope into one another so you have got a pretty small pack size here when it is all com-pressed down. You have got one LEKI Speed Lock 2 which is an external locking mechanism. It is very easy to use and it is very stable. To use the Speed Lock 2 locking mechanism all you have to do is open up that lock with your thumb. It is a lever and ad-just the pole to your preferred height. Push it closed with your thumb. It doesn’t take a lot of force to open and close this lock. It is very easy to open and once you have that lever closed all the way it is very, very secure. So you don’t have to worry about it slip-ping.
Now with LEKI’s antishock poles, you do have an internal Super Lock on the inside of the pole. And you can adjust this Super Lock simply by twisting the pole. So I am going to twist that open and twist it enough that you can adjust the pole up and down. And then all you need to do is twist it closed. Once you feel it biting a little bit give it another quarter turn. You don’t have to really crank down on this internal lock to make it strong. I mean, you just have to give it another quarter turn once you feel it biting and then it is going to be extremely secure. So this is one of the most secure, if not the most secure locking mechanisms for trekking poles.
Now this enables the pole to have that little bit of antishock, that little bit of shock absorption, so as you are hiking for long days on the trail, if you are on improved surfaces that are harder or if you are just hiking for long periods of time, that antishock is going to take out the vibration that would travel up through the pole into your wrist, shoulders, elbows, that kind of thing. So it is really going to save on those joints. And it is going to make it a little more comfortable of a ride as you are hiking with the poles.
So really great combination of locks there. And with the speed lock two, you can make really fast adjustments. So if you know you are going to be hiking up hill or down hill for a long period of time, you can make a quick adjustment, adjust it down to be shorter or taller and so it just makes it really, really easy to use that way.
Moving up to the grip you have LEKI’s very comfortable and ergonomic Thermo grips. And what I really like about this foam is in warmer temperatures if your hands begin to sweat or perspire these really wick away the sweat. It is not going to be slippery at all. And they work really well with gloves as well. If you are in colder temperatures and just hiking, you know, with your bear hands on this pole, you are not going to feel cold through that foam grip. So this works really well in all seasons. You do have a really nice egg shaped top here on this pole and it has a little bit of dimpling as well so you can really get a good grip on that. So if you are hiking down hill or if you would like to use the top, palm the top of the pole you have a really nice grip there. And you have a very comfortable, woven, soft strap. These are very easy to adjust so you make minor adjustments there. All you have to do is pull up on this top strap and that is going to be able to loosen the strap there. So you can make adjustments and then pull back down on it.
So the wrist strap is just going to take the pressure off of your wrists as you are hiking with this pole. You know, it is going to allow you to put a little bit of pressure on there if you need to bear down onto that wrist strap.
So all in all really comfortable grip and strap.
Moving on to the tip of the pole, again, you have got really durable aluminum construction here. And LEKI backs the aluminum shafts of their trekking poles for a lifetime, so if you are in the unlikely situation where one of these shaft sections would break, they would replace them for you. So that just speaks to the quality and the durability of these poles.
Down here at the tip you do have LEKI’s carbide flex tips and the reason they are called flex tips isn’t because they are very flexible or anything like that. They are very durable tips. But this end is designed to flex a little bit if you were to, you know, get it stuck be-tween rocks or something like that. And this pole is actually designed if you do put the trekking pole in a position where it might break, the tip is meant to break first before the actual shaft section of the pole. It is a replaceable piece. This is a press fit tip. So it is really easy to replace this part.
Down here at the end you do have a very durable carbide end. That is the part that comes into contact with the ground. And after years of use, again, if you need to replace the tips, it is really easy to replace those.
You have also got a performance basket. And you can remove this and put a snow basket on. It is just... this is just threaded, so this basket can come off. But a really nice feature there. It gives you floatation on mud if you need that.
The Cressida Antishock is a women’s specific pole. So the adjustability range here is from 90 centimeters all the way up to 125 centimeters. So you have a big range of adjustability. It is a little bit shorter than some of the other, either unisex or men’s poles in LEKI’s line. And so if you need a pole that is a little bit longer, you definitely have other options. But the shorter length on this just makes it a little bit more packable and even a little bit lighter weight.
All in all with the LEKI Cressida Antishock, you have got a fully featured pole with a lot of adjustability. It is light weight, but it is also very, very durable and sturdy. So it is going to be perfect for anyone who is looking for an antishock pole to give them stability on trails, improved surfaces. It would be great for back packing, hiking and traveling.
It is the Women’s LEKI Cressida Antishock.