Leki Ultralite Ti Ergometric AS
Price Paid: $139.95
My wife and I have been using Leki Ultralite Ti Ergometric Antishock poles for the last 4 years. They have performed very well in a variety of conditions including dirt, rock, sand, water, mud, hail, sleet and snow.
The Super Lock System (SLS) held firm during the first two years of use but slipped twice while I was hiking in the Colorado Rockies during the third year of use. Many hikers blame the SLS for the slippage but I blame myself for not properly maintaining the poles and replacing the expanders (part of the locks) periodically. Leki recommends that the poles be cleaned and dried before storage and that the expanders be replaced every year for moderate to extreme hikers. I thought I was doing a good job of cleaning and drying them but found out later that I wasn't.
The poles should be disassembled for cleaning and drying which I wasn't doing. To correct the slippage problem I disassembled and cleaned the poles using the Leki pole cleaning kit (looks like a gun barrel brush) and replaced the old expanders. I should note that when the poles did slip it wasn't a sudden drop but rather a slow slide which let me know to check the locks.
As for the complaints about not being able to lock the sections in place, I attribute them to user ignorance. They don't understand how the locks work, over-loosen them and can't figure out how to re-engage the locks (expanders). For those people I recommend external locks like the flick locks found on Black Diamond poles. But external locks are not without their own problems.
The Soft Antishock System (SAS) works well and cushions your hands, wrists and arms when the poles are planted hard; especially on rock. Vibration is minimal and an acceptable trade-off for the benefits. I have tried poles without antishock systems but found the SAS more to my liking during long hikes when the poles get planted thousands of times a day. It's easier on the wrists. The newer SAS-L or Soft Antishock System - Lite used in some of the newer Leki trekking poles is even better with little or no vibration.
The grips and wrist straps are very comfortable and hot spots and blistering have never been a problem. The wrist straps are one of the best features of Leki poles. The straps are easy to adjust and they lock your hands in place over the grips. I can put my weight on the pole without having to firmly grip it.
I recently discovered a crack in the lower section of one of the poles. The crack is about an inch long and located right below the locking expander of the lower section. Leki aluminum trekking poles have a life warranty against cracking so I submitted a request for return authorization. I'm currently waiting for their response.
The other pair of poles is beginning to show signs of corrosion on the lower sections. It's probably my fault for collapsing them for storage without thoroughly drying them out. The corrosion is cosmetic and the poles still perform well after a thorough cleaning and new expanders.
Overall I've been very pleased with the performance of these poles and wouldn't start down the trail without them.
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Ultralite Ti Ergometric (SAS) Soft Antishock System These heat treated all Aluminum 7075 Ultralite poles keep it light and comfortable with Ergometric Compact Foam 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. Real Customer Quote: “Overall, I would recommend these trekking poles due to their light weight, durability and for the wear they save on your feet and knees” Features Shaft: Three Section adjustable Grip: ErgoMetric Strap: Auto Comfort Strap Basket(s): Performance Trekking Sizes: Adjustable 69-135cm Warranty: One Year Warranty Against Shaft Breakage. Special Features: Carbide Flex Tip / Interchangeable basket system / SLS Locking System / SAS Antishock System
Free Shipping. Leki Ultralite Ti Ergometric AS Trekking Poles (Pair) (Fall 2007) The new Ultralite Ti Ergometric AS is the ultimate combination of all of LEKI's latest innovations AND lighter weight shafts. The Ultralite Ti shaft series highlites LEKI's superiority in high-grade Aluminum technology by using smaller diameter, thinner wall tubing along with a proprietary heat-treating (tempering) process. The result is strength and unsurpassed resiliency on the trail. The combination of features and innovations makes this the most versatile of all trekking poles for any season and every corner of the globe, with less weight. Adjustment range 69-135cm. 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 Ultralite shafts Ergometric grips Super Lock System (SLS) Soft Antishock System (SAS) Carbide Flextips
Shaft Aluminum 18.5 oz. per pair Grip COR-TEC Strap Automatic Comfort Strap Finish Anodized Basket(s) Performance Sizes Adjusts from 67-135cm Warranty Lifetime Warranty Against Shaft Breakage Special Feature Interchangeable Basket System. ELS Locking System. SAS Antishock System.
- Massey's Outfitters
Cover more distance with less effort with these lighter and more compact Ultralite Ti Ergometric SAS Poles from Leki. They feature an updated 10-degree positive angle Ergometric Textured Compact Thermal Grip that compresses for easier storage in small spaces. By moving the positive angle design from the pole shaft to the internal structure of the Ergometric Grip, the middle shaft can be compressed an additional seven centimeters into the upper shaft. The Ultralite Ti Ergonomic SAS features Leki's reliable and highly popular Soft Antishock System (SAS). The SAS System spring-elastomer design helps minimize vibration and stress on your joints and ligaments. A simple press and twist of the SAS system deactivates the spring to enhance stability on ascents, or you can activate the spring-elastomer for full cushioning on the gravity-aided trail descents. At the tip where poles tend to take a beating are durable Carbide Flextips that flex up to 30 degrees without adding structural stress to the pole shafts. The Ultralite Ti Ergometric SAS Poles also feature a special Automatic System Strap with a wicking liner sewn into the mesh to enhance comfort. With a lifetime warranty against shaft breakage, Leki is the first pole manufacturer to be tested and approved by TUV, the prestigious Technical Inspection Service of Europe.
- Altrec Outdoors