User Review: Leki Super Makalu COR-TEC PA
Price Paid: $48
I gave my rigid Komperdell UL explorer trekking poles to my 10-yr-old son after I found these on clearance at Sport Chalet, of all places. At my height I love the extension to 145 cm, and the vented Cork Grips breathe wonderfully.
After a backpacking trip of 9.2 miles in 7.5 hours (5534 ft gain) up (towing my 10 year old) and 3.25 hours back down the following day at a pounding pace, these Shock-equipped poles really saved my knees and allowed me to pack without noticeable soreness in my legs, hips, and back.
I really love working out my arms with these. They are sure-footed, and really enhance my ability to climb steep trails with a heavy pack. The positive angle grips are comfortable and complement the lightly-padded straps perfectly. I never once had the pole locks loosen, despite some fast hiking (w/ 38 pounds of pack onboard).
I banged them around quite a bit on the trip, and there are virtually no visible scratches...very durable. Lifetime warranty on the poles.