Leki Carbon Ti Review

January 9, 2018
Leki Carbon Ti
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
86
Weight
7
Packability
6
Comfort/Swing
8
Features
8
Durability
7

The Good

  • Super lightweight
  • Very comfortable grip
  • 4-season versatility

The Bad

  • Minimum collapsed length
THE VERDICT
The Leki Carbon Ti trekking poles were our second favorite telescopic collapsible (instead of foldable) trekking pole in the lineup. Outstanding comfort, easy adjustability, and the “Thermo Mid” grip made this pair the runner-up for best collapsible model and a favorite of those who crossed them over into backcountry ski use.
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Weight

At 15.2 ounces (432 grams) the Leki Carbon Ti trekking poles were the third-lightest in the group. From trekking in Nepal to skinning multiple laps in the Gulf of Slides testers appreciated the lightweight feel of the Leki Carbon Ti.

Packability

The minimum collapsed size of the Leki Carbon Ti trekking poles was 26.5 inches which was quite average for the collapsible models in our test. This could make traveling with them difficult as they would not likely fit inside carry-on or suitcase dimensions. The longer minimum length also makes strapping them on small backpacks for scrambling less convenient.

Comfort/Swing

Leki’s “Aergon Thermo” grip was a favorite among testers, especially those with small to medium hands. The thin dense foam that comprises the handle and upper mid-section felt warm during cold weather and cool enough on hot steamy climbs. The rounded pommel on the top of the handle was especially comfortable for “open palming” on the descents. The lightweight and thinner-than-most profile of these poles gave them a very nice balanced swing that was appreciated greatly on more than one 18-hour Cascade climbing day.

Features

The most talked about feature within our test group was the comfort of the handle. The combination of the thin foam, rounded ergonomic pommel and extension of the grip – about 6 inches down the upper shaft – were all commended by our team. Another popular features was that the tension on the “Speed Lock 2” mechanism could be adjusted without any tools and with gloves on.

Durability

After hundreds of miles, the Leki Carbon Ti trekking poles only show minor cosmetic wear. The aluminum upper section looks brand new and the carbon lower sections have minor scratches. All testers felt that short of catching these in a crevice and powering forward they were unlikely to fail from normal use in hundreds of miles.

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