Leki Super Makalu Ergometric AS
Price Paid: $140
The Leki Super Makalu Ergometric AS was the first trekking pole I have ever used. I used this pair on a recent multi-day hiking trip. Sticks were great to have--especially when footblisters occured. Sticks enabled me to carry the load my feet could not continue to carry.
However, I found using these poles rather frustrating. They are claimed to retain their adjustable positions with minimum torque. However, even with tightening the shafts nearly as much as I could, they would often fail a few hours into a hike and have to be re-tightened. Failure occurred with both poles, multiple times. When the pole partially collapses, it will catch one by surprise. Hopefully, one can recover from the stagger OK.
At one point during an aggressive, steep ascent over wet snow, as I pulled the pole out of the snow, the lower portion was loose enough that it pulled out of its pull all the way up to the plastic clutching mechanism. I found this out on the next plant as the pole bent. The bending was, I believe, restricted to the plastic clutching mechanisim, and central screw. However, I had to continue the steep, slippery ascent with one working pole, which was rather precarious. Fortunately, I had a multi-tool with a plier and I was able to get the pole back together.
Also, on the right pole, the shock mechanism started to stick, and eventually would not function. I did no maintainance on the poles (cleaning the insides), yet. Perhaps, this would obviate some of the slippage/sticking problems. However, it seems like a real hassle to need to be doing this regularly for a device used in backcountry and rough conditions.
I experienced a sprain type of injury in my left wrist due to use, also.
On the plus side, it was helpful to have adjustment capability for steep ascent or descent conditions. The carbine tips showed little wear dispite hitting lots of rocks and pounding soil and cinders. I found the poles very helpful in crossing streams. The small plastic baskets that came with them seem to work well in a variety of conditions--mud, creek bottoms, sand/soft cinders, and wet snow. Although, they are showing heavy wear after about 25 miles. The hard plastic edges have been feathered soft. The shock mechanism was very nice to have when it worked. However, the return from compression make this clicking sound and vibration in the pole. So, one would be clicking through the forest like a semi-droid with these.
Overall, the poles worked very well--when they worked. I think they were rather pricey give the trouble I had with them.
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The soft antishock system (SAS), comfy straps, and Ergometric foam grips of the Super Makalu Ergometric AS trekking poles keep rough terrain from pounding you. Height adjustable for ascents, descents, and varied terrain.
Free Shipping. Leki Super Makalu Ergometric AS Trekking Poles (Pair) (Fall 2007) LEKI's new Super Makalu Ergometric AS poles are fully loaded! All of the traditional quality and performance features that LEKI is known for plus the new Ergometric grip design and long, thermo foam grip extension. The combination of features and innovations makes this the most versatile of all trekking poles for any season and every corner of the globe. 3-section, 7075 Series heat-treated Aluminum shafts adjust from 71-140cm and are the strongest available. Shaft sections carry a lifetime warranty against breakage. The award winning Super Lock System allows the pole length to be adjusted with the least amount of torque (hand strength) and offers the most secure in.holdin. of any other pole locking system in the world. Automatic comfort straps adjust without the use of a buckle for convenience and comfort Features Ergometric grips Foam Grip Extension Super Lock System (SLS) Soft Antishock System (SAS) Carbide Flextips
The Leki Super Makalu is a comfortable and easy to use pole designed to cover a variety of needs, from relieving pressure on joints to adding power to your stride. It's Ergonomic grip angles your hand forward into a more natural position which allows you to place the pole further from the body without over-reaching or bending the wrist uncomfortably. An ideal pole for first time users as well as regular trekkers.
- Massey's Outfitters
Pick up this pair of Leki Super Makalu Ergometric AS Trekking Poles before your hike and forget what sore knees and ankles feel like. Tighten the pole's middle section to lockout Leki's Soft Antishock System (SAS) for strong, stable support as you climb. On the downhill, engage the SAS. Its steel spring and elastomer cushion your descent and give you a quiet ride with less rebound. The Super Makalus perform on any terrain-the SLS Locking System maintains a constant length, ergometric grips fit comfortably in your hands, and carbide tips flex up to 30-degrees without damaging the shaft. Grab these lightweight aluminum trekking poles and get out there.
- Backcountry Outlet