Leki Super Makalu COR-TEC PA AS
I've been using Leki Super Makalu COR-TEC PA AS trekking…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $95
I've been using Leki Super Makalu COR-TEC PA AS trekking poles for about 5 years now and I haven't had any issues with them breaking or coming apart at the worse possible time. I like the 15 degree angled handles, the feel of the cork and the ability to adjust the wrist straps with the dial adjuster that sits on top of each handle.
The anti-shock system works great too and can be set to non-anti-shock as well. Very nice. We use them primarily for approach hikes to 14'ers and smaller peaks. Very light and durable. The only thing I don't like about them is the length adjusters. I like BD's flick-lock system much better as it is fast and simple to use over the constant unscrewing and tightening of two separate adjusters on the Leki Makalu's.
- Very adjustable
- Works great on inclines
- Awkward to adjust length
Could compact down a bit more for alpine climbing trips..etc. A solid tool for the mountains, though and I would purchase them again. I prefer flick-lock poles over the screw adjust type poles. I'd like to see a male camera screw stub on more of the higher-end trekking poles...maybe a detachable compass as well [-:
I've been using these poles now for about two years…
Price Paid: $120
I've been using these poles now for about two years in all conditions, and they've performed well and I have really enjoyed them. They've provided all the benefits of trekking poles (stability, stamina, blah blah blah), but I've had a few problems with them.
First discrepancy, my model has a cork grip on it with the ergonomic tilt. While the cork feels good on a hot day, the cork handles give me blisters when wet. No matter what. This usually prompts me to pack them up when it rains, which is unfortunate because I could use the added stability. However, I believe this blister issue depends on a person's hands, so don't automatically hate on the cork.
Second discrepancy, the locking system slowly loosens over time and especially in inclement weather. This causes them to contract when pressure is put on them. Not good when hiking in the snow. I'll spare you the story. However, I could have a faulty pole. I don't know.
Overall, I like them because I am obviously still using them. The straps are very comfortable, and the anti shock has saved my legs a lot of pain on those long, downhill trail descents. Leki says that these poles are their cornerstone. I believe them. My problems have not been bad enough to make me feel any different. I recommend them. A little pricey, but totally worth it for a high end trekking pole.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Mountain Trek series Super Makalu COR-TEC (PA) Positive Angle (SAS) Soft Antishock System Trekking poles from Leki is the cornerstone of LEKI history. These heat treated 7075 Aluminum poles have been on the LEKI line-up for 10 years. With COR-TEC Grips that develop a patina over time (like your favorite cork soled sandals) they also feature comfy Straps and the 360 turn back security of the Super Lock System (SLS) that was proven to be the strongest by TUV, an independent testing lab. Carbide Flextips are added security on rock and ice. Makalu Cortec PA Trekking Pole Features: Three Section Aluminum shaft ErgoMetric grip Auto Comfort Strap Performance Trekking basket(s) Carbide Flex Tip / Interchangeable basket system / SLS Locking System / SAS Antishock System
- Mountain Hideaway
Perhaps you don't relish the idea of messing with an on/off switch for the shock-absorbing features on your trekking poles. Welcome to Leki's Super Makalu COR-TEC PA Antishock Trekking Poles. Leki made this pair of poles with spring pitches that are limited to 10mm, so the poles absorb shock on the way down without zapping your strength on the uphill hike. The COR-TEC handles feel cool when you're sweating but won't remind you of icicles when it's chilly outside, and these handles have slight bends that relieve stress on your wrist joints.
- Backcountry Outlet
These beefy heat treated all Aluminum 7075 poles provide a comfortable long textured foam extension below the Ergometric Grips and comfy Straps. The 360 turn back security of the Super Lock System (SLS) was proven to be the strongest by TUV, an independent testing lab. Don't forget the Soft Antishock System (SAS) for those long descents! Carbide Flextips are added security on rock and ice. Includes 2 Poles.
The Leki Super Makalu Cor-Tec PA AS incorporates two of the most popular high-end features: a cork grip for comfort and sure grip and an on-off antishock mechanism that absorbs vibration before it gets to your joints and elbows. Slight positive angle cork Cor-Tec grip relieves stress on your wrist joints Automatic comfort strap is adjustable Leki's fast SLS adjust system is strong, simply twist, adjust and re-tighten for unmatched locking force Soft Anti-Shock system absorbs shock on the way down Lite carbide flex-tip for secure grip on a variety of surfaces Anodized finish Interchangeable basket system allows you to seamlessly convert from summer hiking to snow shoeing Made in the Czech Republic
The Super Makalu COR-TEC PA SAS includes all of LEKI's most popular features and has proven to be the ultimate pair of trekking poles for the most extreme adventures. 3-section, 7075 Series heat-treated Aluminum shafts adjust from 68-145cm (27"-57"). Super Lock System allows the pole length to be adjusted with the least amount of torque (hand strength) and offers the most secure "hold" of any other pole locking system in the world. LEKI's unique COR-TEC grips are made from natural, ground cork for comfort and durability. Automatic comfort straps adjust without the use of a buckle for convenience and comfort. The carbide flextips are replaceable and offer the most secure hold on any terrain and surface. Color: Black and Gold. Pack Length 27". Weight 20 oz. per pair. Import.Winner of Backpacker magazine's 2004 Editor's Choice GOLD Award.COR-TEC grips ergonomic design; 80% natural, ground cork for comfort and durability; ergonomic design for control and support. Automatic comfort straps: adjust without the use of a buckle for convenience. Lined with a soft, quick drying wicking material for comfort.Positive Angle: 15-degree angle incorporated into the shaft keeps wrist in neutral position during pole plants; properly places pole tip for optimum supportSuper Lock System (SLS): the strongest pole locking system available as tested and certified by TUV (International Compliance Management); secure adjustment hold with the least amount of torque (hand strength required) offers secure, reliable support; up to 6x more secure than other locking systems.Soft Antishock System - Lite: No ON/OFF function necessary because the spring pitch is limited to 10mm. The size of the shock system is reduced by 50mm and the weight is lowered by 20%.Carbide Flextips: concave, cylindrical tips offer secure hold on all terrain and surfaces; Carbide is extremely hard and durable; entire tip ferrule (Flextip) is replaceable.Interchangeable Basket System: baskets easily thread on and off; different size basket options allow poles to be customized for all seasons, all activities (trekking, snowshoe, backcountry touring, etc).