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Leki's Corklite Trekking Poles won't keep wine in bottles, but they will keep your hands super comfy on long hikes. The high-strength aluminum shaft features a smooth ultra sonic finish and a secure SpeedLock 2 locking system that adjusts in two parts for compact convenience.
Made mostly with natural cork, the Aegone Cor-Tec grip conforms to your hand for personalized comfort that only gets better over time. The air-textured strap wicks moisture and dries quickly. The Corklite also features a performance trekking basket and a carbide tip that could cut through glass.
- Adjustable aluminum shaft with an ultra sonic finish
- Aergone Cor-Tec grip
- Air-textured strap
- SpeedLock 2 locking system
- Carbide tip
- Performance trekking basket included
- Sold as a pair
- Item #LEK001P
- Q & A
Good build quality, a lot of vibration.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I purchased the Leki corklite trekking poles for hiking through varied terrain and non technical mountain summits. After using them from spring through most of summer, I will say that they are a functional tool. However, I recently sold them due to some issues I personally had with them.
One can't deny that the corklites are built with quality materials. The speedlocks are easy to use and adjustment is easy to accomplish. One area the poles fell short is the aluminum shafts. Whether I picked my way lightly, or drove hard up a steep trail, these poles vibrated enough that I couldn't ignore it. Im 6ft 1in and 220 lbs, so it's possible this model isn't optimal for my height and weight. It's also possible these poles are on the thin side to save weight. Regardless, I felt a little less stable due to the vibration and made it difficult to stay immersed in the hikes at times.
Another area that I wasn't completely happy with was the handles and straps. The handles look nice with their tech oriented lines and sculpting. However, the much vaunted shape was bothersome due to the protrusion that pushes between the index and middle fingers. This forced me to choose a lower, less optimal grip, or just live with it. A simpler handle profile works better for me. That brings me to the cork compound, which I found rather odd. For the first few miles they feel fine, but become slightly slick feeling as they absorb more sweat. As far as I can infer from the marketing material, these are a mixture of cork and a binder of some sort. The vent cutouts didn't help reduce the slick feel, especially once the humidity was higher.
I also wish Leki chose a nicer setup for the straps. They are a simple fabric that gets soaked in sweat and doesn't feel the most comfortable at that point. I've used other types that have a wicking mesh sewn to the main strap that feels good despite any moisture.
Lastly, the price is high for aluminum poles. But I feel it's worth it if you are frequently using your poles in tough conditions. That higher price pays for Leki's renowned warranty service and would allow one to get replacements without issues.
The corklite poles might not have been for me, but I believe they are still a functional tool. I used them quite a bit and they never collapsed on me or bent under pressure. Without the vibration issue I would have likely forgiven the handle issues. However, I have since moved to carbon poles of another make.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love these trekking poles. I originally bought them for my mom but she lets me use them all the time! They are strong, durable, light weight, and packable. I will be buying my own pair soon.
First Pair of Sticks
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I purchased these recently for an upcoming PCT hike. I have never used trekking poles before and honestly I thought they were mostly for old people and people with too much money. But despite my bias, everything I read said they come in handy after a couple hundred miles. So I got these after doing a bunch of research and took them out last weekend on a 30 mile trip. Here are my thoughts:
Using sticks definitely took some getting used to. You walk different and I found myself looking on where to put the sticks more than where to put my feet. Adjusting to the right height also took a little getting used to. But I eventually got settled in.
The grips are really comfortable! The shape and contour fit my hands perfect and just felt really natural in my hand. The speedlock system for adjusting was super quick and felt really secure. I have seen other poles with the twist lock and they are crap. They don't seem to hold and are impossible unlock and lock. The speedlock is really solid. I put almost all my weight on a single stick a couple times coming down a steep pass and they never slipped and felt really solid. Did I mention they were solid? And not only are they really strong... and solid, they are also impressively light-weight.
Overall I am really happy with these sticks and look forward to putting many more miles on them.