Leki Carbonlite Aergon XL Antishock
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $140
Good for days hikes and long treks alike. Very lightweight but rigid with good antishock system.
- Very lightweight
- Comfortable grips and wrist straps
- Very good antishock system
Excellent lightweight trekking pole with comfortable grip. This pole is essentially the Leki Carbonlite Aergon Antishock trekking pole plus XL grip. The XL (extra-length) grips allow you to grasp the pole shaft below the hand grip while ascending steep inclines.
To briefly recap my earlier review of the Carbonlite Aergon AS poles, they are very lightweight but sturdy with less flex than aluminum poles that I've used. The antishock system effectively dampens the vibration (feedback) of the poles when they strike hard surfaces like granite. The Aergon grip is comfortable and the wrist strap is quick and easy to adjust.
Pole slippage is not a problem with the twist lock system if you keep the inside of the poles clean and free of dirt and replace the locking expanders periodically.
I went snowshoeing with these poles a couple of months ago after replacing the performance baskets with snowflake baskets. Slippage was never a problem even in the cold.
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Weighing it a mere 14.2 oz per pair, the new Carbonlite XL AS Trekking Poles from Leki will give you years of great memories and trekking performance. The XL has an extended length grip for added versatility in all conditions. Includes 2 Poles.
On Sale. Free Shipping. Leki Carbonlite AERGON XL Anitshock Trekking Poles DECENT FEATURES of the Leki Carbonlite AERGON XL Anitshock Trekking Poles AERGON Thermo Grip Super Lock System Soft Antishock System Lite Performance Basket Universal Carbide Tip Clear Varnish Finish The SPECS Weight: 14.2 oz Length: 66 - 135 cm
The Leki Carbonlite Aergon XL antishock trekking poles add sure-footed confidence to your hiking and trekking endeavors. They provide superior comfort, convenience and innovative design. Lightweight Aergon grips feature an edgeless shape and a textured foam surface to maximize comfort and minimize hand fatigue. Ergonomic corrective angle produces a neutral wrist position for optimal swing efficiency and stress relief at wrist joint. Antishock system offers a shock-absorbent ride with minimal rebound. 3-section carbon fiber shafts are heat treated for outstanding tensile strength. Simple and fast, Super Locking System (SLS) adjustment requires little effort to securely lock pole sections in position. Poles collapse from 53 to 26 in. for easy packing. Disc baskets provide extra support on soft terrain; thanks to a threaded design, they can be easily replaced with larger baskets (sold separately) for winter use. Universal carbide flex tips ensure durability and an optimal grip on ice and rock. The Leki Carbonlite Aergon XL antishock trekking poles feature nylon wrist straps with a soft side for comfort against the skin.
New for 2011, the Carbonlite AERGON XL Antishock Trekking Poles from Leki are Ideal for thru-hikers and lightweight backpacking devotees. This trekking pole offers a premium shock-absorption feature and dynamic grips while still weighing in at only 14.2 ounces per pair! The Carbonlite AERGON XL Antishock trekking poles feature LEKI's Soft Antishock System Lite (SASL) that reduces stress on the joints, muscles and ligaments. The combination of internal steel spring and elastomer creates a smooth and unique suspension system that is quieter and reduces shock more effectively than other designs. LEKI places the SASL system closer to the point of impact by embedding it inside the shaft of the lower pole section, keeping the spring cleaner and requiring less maintenance.
- Altrec Outdoors