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If pro skiing brings to mind mountain guides, helicopters, and the latest ski porn, the Life-Link Pro Ski Pole/Probe will bring it back to quiet mornings in the backcountry. You and your partner starting out in the dark with headlamps, hitting the ridge at sunrise, and laid your tracks down, being back to car for a warm thermos of coffee before packing it up till tomorrow morning.

  • Strong and reliable featherweight carbon fiber stands up to the abuse of guides, patrollers and enthusiastic ‘oops I just whacked another tree with my pole’ skiers
  • The ovalized non-slip locking system reduces means this pole acts like a one-piece pole once you have it locked down
  • Replaceable carbide duraflex tips offer flex to decrease breakage in the backcountry
  • 10in (25cm) of pole adjustability for long ascents and quick descents
  • Adjustable release breakaway strap for safety
  • Lower shafts screw together to form an emergency avalanche probe (not to replace a true avalanche probe)
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a bad pole for backcountry use.

    i have had the red version of these for along time and used them for a few years until they let me down one too many times. thankfully my companions on an alaska glacier trip had an extra set of leki's or i would have been left without functioning poles. the locking mechanism failed. i had it fixed and it failed again and again. i have asked others about them and the universal opinion is that they suck.

    I disagree. I've had a pair for six years now. They're old and battered and ugly. And the locking mechanism on one side keeps coming loose, so that I have to tighten it every couple of days. BUT they are great poles. Light, strong, reliable. Bulletproof.

    Yes, as I said, the locking mechanism is not as reliable as the cam-lock type. But actually, I think that's a good thing. Many years ago, I had a bad fall where the pole hit me in the face hard enough that I thought my cheekbone had fractured. But the pole telescoped down, and in doing so, saved me from a hospital visit. Each time I tighten my poles now, I'm careful not to overtighten them: I *want* them not to lock too hard!

    how does sizeing work on these poles are...

    how does sizeing work on these poles are the options in inches?

    There are marked off sections in centimeters to guide you as you adjust the length on the pole.

    Although I to purchase backcountry has the length listed as "centimeters" but this is actually inches. For example you can adjust the first choice from 40 inches to 50 inches.