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LEKI Cristallo Antishock Trekking Poles

$139.95

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    • Black/Anthracite/White/Green, 100-135cm
      $139.95
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    Easy to use and ready for adventure.

    When you're out in the mountains, you want your attention to focused on the beautiful surroundings, not on messing around with cumbersome or uncomfortable poles. Light, stable, and easy to use, the Leki Cristallo Antishock Trekking Poles are built for comfortable hiking and trekking. Their anti-shock system is efficiently designed near the base of the pole to provide optimized suspension and cushioning and minimized pole plant impact on a wide variety of terrain. The soft Aergon rubber grips feature a comfortable, edgeless, rounded design that is engineered specifically for trekking and is both lightweight and durable.

    These excellent all-around poles feature tapered high quality aluminum shafts that provide rugged durability without adding a ton of unnecessary weight. A smartly-designed combination of Leki's Speedlock 2 and SLS systems allows for supremely easy, quick, and stable length adjustment. This combines with buckle-free Security Straps to provide you with poles that leave you free to roam.

    • Adjustable aluminum shaft
    • Aergon soft rubber grip
    • Air-textured strap
    • Speedlock 2 upper locking system
    • SLS lower locking system
    • Antishock Lite spring system
    • Sold as pair
    • Item #LEK001C

    Tech Specs

    Shaft
    aluminum
    Usable Range
    26.4 - 53.1 in
    Collapsed Length
    26.4 in
    Locking Mechanism
    Speed Lock system
    Grip
    Aergon Thermo
    Strap
    adjustable
    Tip
    carbide flextip
    Anti-Shock
    yes
    Included Baskets
    yes
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 3.8 oz
    Recommended Use
    trekking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

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    Anti-shock is where it's at!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is my second set of Leki poles. I had the first set of anit-shock poles for so long that I'm not even sure when I got them - 10 years ago is totally plausible. Anyhow, one was finally lost and I was forced to update to the Cristallo poles.

    Pros:
    - Anti-shock. Sounds stupid, but if you hike in the Sierras (lots of granite) it's invaluable.
    - Long grip. I like being able to "choke up" when going over a small obstacle. Turns out this is a really rare feature.
    - Super strong. I once had to descend with only one pole (more on that later) and put a ton of weight on it - it flexed and absorbed a ton of energy - took it like a champ.
    - Twist-lock. I prefer this style - you can really crank on it to tighten. Yes, they will occasionally come loose - but they all do, and it's nice that whenever you adjust, you're also tightening it. Cam locks loosen too - and they're a bigger pain to adjust (though the Cristallo's cam locks had an easy-to-use adjustment knob).

    Cons
    - Cost. I still think the price point is a little silly - but they seem to last forever…
    - Color. Everyone's outdoor gear is a kaleidoscope of wacky colors, but I really didn't want lime green trekking poles. Yes, trivial, I know.
    - Defective first unit. This is actually my second pair of Cristallo poles. The first disintegrated during a snowy ascent on Mt Whitney. The twist-lock (which I love so much) was defective. I still have faith in the style / design (between my fiancee and family, we have nearly a dozen pairs w/ this style - they've all been fine) - I just wish QC was a touch better. Thankfully Backcountry swapped them out super fast.

    they're great and yet..

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    We purchased these for my wife before a trip to the smokies, and they're a great trekking pole. However the shock absorber comes with the cost of sacrificing a solid locking mechanism on the lower third of the pole. The lower lock is a swivel.. right tighty lefty loosey style. This becomes problematic in a variety of ways in rugged terrain, pivoting with the pole planted will loosen the lock causing the pole to collapse gradually. In one particular instance on a rugged segment of petroglyph trail at Mesa Verde National Park the pole failed completely and came apart, with a little effort we were able to screw the lower portion back into its housing, and off again we went.

    they're great and yet..