Combining lightweight design with features like advanced locking mechanisms and extended ergonomic grips, LEKI's Thermolite XL trekking poles offer support and durability at a weight of only 16.58 ounces per pair.
With its lightweight design and advanced features like sturdy, external locking mechanisms and extended length foam grips, LEKI Thermolite XL Trekking Poles offer stability and durability at a weight of just over 16 and a half ounces per pair. Let’s take a closer look at what makes these poles such trail favorites.
The Thermolite XL poles are three section poles. So you have two points of adjustability and a nice broad range of usability. On the low end, you are at just over 39 inches. But you can expand them up just over 51 inches in length. And making those adjustments is incredibly easy thanks to the Speed Lock external locking mechanisms. Flip them open, adjust the poles to the height or length that you need them. And that is made easier by the marked indicators here on the shaft sections. Just flip that Speed Lock mechanism down. And you are all set. It is that simple, really nice sturdy lock and, like I said, very easy to adjust as well.
You have got aluminum construction in the poles, so despite that light weight design, you have got durability that you can count on.
The poles are equipped with LEKI’s AERGON Thermo XL grips. The Thermo indicates the fact that this is a foam grip. It feels really nice in the hand. You can see the ergonomics to the upper grip here so, again, kind of maintains a natural positioning. The ex-tended length to that grip and the texturing there enables you to grab the pole at different heights rather than having to constantly make micro adjustments. If you are going along side hills or back and forth on switch backs, that is really handy. You are constantly changing the position of your body in relation to the grade and it really does want to call for those micro adjustments, unless you have go the ability to effectively grab the poles elsewhere. That also comes in handy if you were using these for snow shoeing or in winter when you have got gloved hands and it can just be a little awkward to hold the poles and make true height adjustments. So a nice feature there.
The AERGON in the naming is an indicator or a call out to this shaping, this oval shaping at the top of the grip. There is also a little dimpling there, some nice texturing. It fits really nicely in the palm of your hand when you have reason to want to be over top of the poles, so nice ergonomics there. You have got fully adjustable straps here on the handles. Those are for your wrists. So you set them where you like them and lock them down into place so they fit you most comfortably. Always nice to have that adjustability built in.
At the other end of the poles you will find LEKI’s carbide flex tips. That is really this entire three, four inch section at the bottom of the poles. At the very end is the actual carbide portion embedded in the tip. That is what in most cases will come in to direct contact with the ground with trail, dirt, those types of surfaces. On rock, on improved surfaces, things of that nature, you will actually find better purchase if you utilize LEKI’s rubber walking tips. They are sold separately, fairly inexpensive, sold in pairs, but that will better put the poles for that kind of usage.
This entire piece is designed in such a fashion that if you should accidentally wedge the poles, leverage against them, this will break away rather than finding that you have bro-ken the actual shaft section of the poles. That is something that is a lot harder to deal with if you are out in the back country. It is, however, worth noting that LEKI offers a lifetime warranty on shaft breakage on their aluminum poles. So nice back end support there from LEKI.
Other thing to call out here at the other end of the poles is this small disc. This is LEKI’s performance basket. In most conditions that is sufficient to keep the poles from sinking further into the ground than you want them to. There is only so far you want them to go in or they are not providing the support you are looking for. If you are using in snow or significantly softer surfaces, it may be worth investing in LEKI’s snow flake baskets or deep powder baskets. They are interchangeable. There is a threading here that lets this come off and those go on in its place. So nice versatility built into the poles.
LEKI Thermolite XL Trekking Poles, just a really nice balance here of weight, performance and reliability, definitely a favorite at Backcountry Edge and a long time trail favorite amongst hikers and backpackers.