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Wanderfreund Makalu Trekking Pole

1 out of 5 stars
1 Review



LEKI Wanderfreund Makalu Trekking Poles

Hiking pole made from high-strength aluminium for universal use. For both soft and hard surfaces: with the carbide metal tip or the rubber attachment, it offers safety and stability on every terrain. The Aergomed grip guarantees comfort. Thanks to the Speed Lock 2 system, it can easily be adjusted between 90cm and 120cm.

Adjustable Length
Usable Range
35.4-47.2in (90-120cm)
Collapsed Length
24.8in (63cm)
Locking Mechanism
SL2+ external lever system
AergoMed rubber
includes Universial Carbide Flex Tip and Rubber Walking Tip
Micro (exchangeable)
Claimed Weight
[single pole] 9.8oz
hiking, backpacking
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime (for shaft breakage only)

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1 out of 5 stars

May 14, 2024

Do Not Rely on For Stability or Support - Cosplay Suitable Only

I've owned the LEKI Wanderfreund Antishock Dss Trekking Pole since April 8, 2017 with no issues whatsoever, and yet I've had this Leki Wanderfreund Makalu for less than a month with over two dozen times this pole giving out. Please do not buy this hazardous product unless you want to use it for something other than walking or hiking (perfectly suitable to carry it around for cosplay as a pretend hiker as it's certainly pretty and looks the part). During the course of normal use, the bottom of the pole must contact the ground for such a pole to assist in walking or hiking whatsoever. When this pole contacts the ground, the two points of adjustment are unable to be secured sufficiently to prevent collapse of the pole meaning the support the pole is intended to provide for stability while in motion cannot be relied upon (or may only be relied upon if one doesn't value their life to fall over at the wrong time along one's path when it gives out). The old LEKI used a twist-to-secure mechanism for each of the two adjustable length rod sections of the pole. The new Leki uses two secure-in-place plastic-and-metal toggles. There is an adjustment on this newer version with gnurling that does not appear to do anything to improve this. I've attempted to upload my video to this review to illustrate the problems, showing how the pole is intended to be secured and how easily it loosens by simply tapping lightly on the ground.

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Originally reviewed on LEKI