Leki Vario XS
Price Paid: £12
Although these are children's poles, I have discovered they are fine for me - a 5ft, 1 inch woman. They are light and slim and seem to be strong enough for mountainous terrain in Snowdonia. I use them for hiking, not Nordic Walking
They take up less room than the adult poles,can be put away quickly for a scramble, and they can be moved to a good choice of lengths.
Although they have one joint, not two, I don't think they are as easy to manipulate (they have to be twisted both clockwise and anticlockwise to release), as my Makalu pair,which look more robust, but I have no evidence that the Vario not as strong as the adult poles.
These are the ones I tend to use most often now. I like the red colour too.
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Description Of Leki Vario XS Speedlock Trekking PolesLEKI, the worlds leading manufacturer of ski, hiking and trekking poles had its start in Kircheim, Germany as a hobby of its founder, Karl Lenhart, an airframe mechanic and avid skier. Lenhart believed aluminum would make a superior ski pole compared to the heavy steel models available in the late 1940s. After successfully creating light- weight poles for his friends, in 1954, the hobby became a full time business. These 2-section junior trekking poles feature the SpeedLock fastening system, to provide unmatched strength and speed in your adjustments.FeaturesPositive Angle Soft Compact Grip Buckle StrapSpeed Lock SystemSteel FlextipInterchangeable Basket SystemWeight 15.5 ozLength 67-110 cm
- US Outdoor Store
Your little skiier is going to love the Leki Junior Vario XS Adjustable Ski Poles . This Trigger Small Series pole is made of aluminum with a PSA Compact grip that gives your child a comfortable grip in a lightweight ski pole. The Vario XS offers your growing skier a large range of adjustability- 70-110 cm, and an interchangeable basket system to ensure many seasons of fun on the slopes from groomed trails to tons of powder. Afraid they won't hold up to the abuse.....Leki stands behind their poducts and offers a Two Year Warranty Against Shaft Breakage. These can be used in the warmer months for trekking as well.
Key Features of the Leki Vario XS SpeedlockPAS soft compact gripSpeedLock locking systemPerformance basketUniversal carbide tipUltra sonic finishLeki Vario XS SpeedlockJourney with your kid out in the great outdoors with the Leki Vario XS Speedlock. This handy skiing or trekking accessory is sure to provide the support and stability your kids need when walking on uneven terrains or steep slopes. It also relieves the amount of stress on your youth's legs and joints. Its PAS soft compact grip is made of rubber and foam, and is perfect for smaller hands. Though lightweight, its aluminum shaft in ultra sonic finish is sturdy and durable to support some of your weight. You can extend the length of the shaft (from 32 in. to 44 in.) to make it suitable for your young explorer's height and the terrain. There's a powerful external SpeedLock system so securing the desired length or making on-hill adjustments is fast and easy, even when wearing snow-covered gloves. At the tip of the shaft is a universal steel carbide tip that you can use to provide better traction on rough, uneven terrains or steep slopes. It even includes a removable performance basket to prevent the tip from getting caught in rock crevices and to stop the pole from sinking too far in any soft ground. Enjoy skiing in the alps or trekking in the snow with the right equipment for support. So on your next adventure, make sure to bring the Leki Vario XS Speedlock.
Specifically designed for kids. The Vario XS uses the same high quality materials and features as our adult models so they can take the extra abuse that comes from exploring and play. 2-section, 7075 Series heat-treated Aluminum shafts adjust from 67-110cm (26.4"-43"). The Compact Soft Grip is designed for smaller hands and has an edgeless outer shape that can be palmed or held traditionally, for a variety of gripping options. The PA Safety wrist strap adjusts with a simple thumb flick and releases when pulled straight up for safety. The SpeedLock cam style lock is designed to be opened and shut with one hand and is made of fiberglass reinforced polyamid. It utilizes an integrated stainless steel pressure plate that provides a vise-like clamp to hold the pole adjustment in place. It can be opened and shut easily with one hand, even when wearing gloves So easy that even kids can lock the poles securely. Color: Red, Grey and Black. Pack Length: 27" Weight: 16.6 oz. per pair. Import.Compact Soft Grip - soft, natural rubber for comfort and control in a smaller size, just right for kids' hands.The PA Safety Wrist Strap is an integrated safety system which releases quickly when pulled upward. Adjusts with a simple thumb flick and was developed in cooperation with professional mountain guides. SpeedLock cam style lock is designed to be opened and shut with one hand and is made of fiberglass reinforced polyamid. It utilizes an integrated stainless steel pressure plate that provides a vise-like clamp to hold the pole adjustment in place. It has the highest locking force of all external adjusting systems available for extra safety. It can be opened and shut easily with one hand, even when wearing gloves. Security Screw for adjustment with a +/- indicator.Steel Flextip - concave, cylindrical tips offer secure hold on all terrain and surfaces; hardened steel tip provides good grip on most surfaces; 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)2-section adjustable: adjustment range 67-110cm. (26.4"-43"). Wt. 16.6 oz/pair.