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How To Maintain External Locking Trekking Poles

This video shows you how to lock, unlock, adjust and clean external locking trekking poles and walking staffs.

How To Maintain External Locking Trekking Poles

Trekking Poles with external locking systems have a lot of versatility. They’re great for use in the summer and in the winter, and you can adjust them with gloves on; plus, you always have that visual confirmation that your poles are locked in.


After you’ve used your poles for a while, you may find that you need to adjust the external locking mechanism to keep the pole section tight when you lock them in. Many different brands of poles use external locking mechanisms, and here is how you adjust them on three different common trekking pole brands:


1. Easton’s locking mechanism is called the Rock Lock. It’s very simple to open and close, and if you do find yourself needing to make adjustments on the fly, you don’t really need anything to do it. You just stand up the locking mechanism, twist it to the left to loosen it, twist it to the right to tighten it, flip it back over and lock it in.


2. Black Diamond uses the mechanism that they call the Flick Lock. What the Flick Lock does is pulls two plates together to lock the pole section in place. If you need to make an adjustment to the Flick Lock, you will need a Phillips head screwdriver. Simply tighten the screw a quarter of a turn with your screwdriver, and everything is good to go. It will require a little bit more tension to lock it the mechanism in now, but you’re set for the trail.


3. LEKI’s external locking mechanism is called the Speedlock, which is a red lever that's used to unlock and lock the pole. There are a couple of steel plates sandwiched inside the pole. When you clamp the Speedlock down, it pulls everything together. You'll hear a click to let you know that you’re locked in, and if you need to adjust further, you can hand-twist the screw by the lock when it's open, make your adjustment and lock the poles in.


If ease of adjustability and use find their way to the top of your trekking pole must-have list, or you’re just working on poles that you already own, external locking mechanisms are easily maintainable and give you a secure lock every time.