Leki Makalu Classic
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The original Leki Trekking pole. This affordable Classic is the perfect introduction to trekking with poles. Expedition- proven in the Andes and Himalaya, the Classic features a COR-TEC grip which is much more comfortable than a rubber handle when walking in hot weather.
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Leki Makalu Classic Reviews
Reviewed by Simon McDougall (Glasgow) on 2007-03-30:
General comments: The walking pole is a bit of a mystery to some peole but i've well and truely be converted. Poles are used by a growing group of walkers and have caught in my eyes more and more in the past five years. They are exellent at taking the shock out of the knees when coming down hill, especially the antishock systems with large springs inside (suspension) the pole that is adjustable. Climbing up hills especially when it it steep is is masd emuch easier with poles, any river crossings or when balance is needed such as on a ridge etc is so much easier and gives more confidence.
Pros: light weight.
compact when collapsed.
Cons: shock absorber can be annoying when going up hill, cant be "turned off".
Reviewed by Stevie Boyle (East Lothian) on 2007-05-13:
General comments: I got my one a few years back for walking in the winter but it wasnt long before then started coming with me in the summer aswell. I think they really work best when you out for two or three days in a row and take some pressure off when your carrying a big load.
Pros: Two extra points of contact, spreads the load
Cons: they somtimes get smaller when you are walking if they are not done up tight enough, can freeze up when extended, remember to change the lenght ever couple of hours to stop your elbow getting hammered
Reviewed by Duncan Smith (Reading) on 2008-04-09:
General comments: I've had mine for a good few years now and they've seen about 1200miles of walking. There a so many types of poles out there with different gimics etc that in the end I chose these just because they were simple and looked like they'd do the job. I turned out to be the right decision as these poles have proven themselves to be comfortable during extended use and I'm sure more durable than the more complicated alternatives. Mine have begun to show wear and tear though. After a few hundred miles the tips began to bend and then wore off completely. Once the carbide section had broken away the plastic wore away quickly up to the metal shaft. These are easily and cheapply replaceable though and in many respcects should be considered a comestible. The other problem that has now started is that one of the wrist straps gradually releases itself making it longer over a period of time. This isn't drastic and can be sorted in seconds by pulling it back through, but it is annoying.
Pros: Simple, hard wearing, relatively inexpensive, comfortable. The poles are also very strong having withstood a few falls onto them with little bending.
Cons: Some signs of wear after hard use but generally easily fixed. Heavier than some.