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Leki Thermolite Trekking Poles - opinions?
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Stephen P
(spavlock) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Leki Thermolite Trekking Poles - opinions? on 05/18/2010 23:24:28 MDT Print View

I would love to purchase a set of GG lightrek 4 poles, BUT it's just not feasible.

I am looking for a pair of trekking poles. This is what I am looking for:

- affordable
- light-weight
- adjustable
- durable
- no anti-shock
- comfortable

I am thinking about buying a set of Leki Thermolites ($80-$90 on sale). They are under a pound and seem to meet my criteria.

Just wondering what others on here think. Opinions? Any better suggestions?

Steve .
(pappekak) - F

Locale: Tralfamadore
Leki Not Light on 05/19/2010 00:13:18 MDT Print View

I wouldn't consider them light. That said, I have a pair of Leki's that have been in use since the early/mid 1990s. They are bomb proof and trust them more than carbon fiber.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Trekking Poles - opinions? on 05/19/2010 06:53:19 MDT Print View

Sure it'll take longer, be harder. Save up the money and get the LT4s. You know already that you want them. If you are willing to spend 90 bucks on your number 2 choice, you're almost there.

John McAlpine
(HairlessApe) - M

Locale: PNW
Twist Lock on 05/19/2010 08:56:42 MDT Print View

I've never had any luck with twist locking me a loser now. I've had 2 pairs of twist locks, not GG, and they've both failed or are a pain to lock and unluck. I went to the extra wieght and now use non-twist locking system. LEKI calls it 'snap-lock'.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Trekking Poles - opinions? on 05/19/2010 17:35:33 MDT Print View

"Save up the money and get the LT4s."


Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
alternatives on 05/19/2010 19:50:03 MDT Print View

I'll be the black sheep and try to help you find some poles other than LT'4s (though I will admit, they are the sh*t, and worth the investment...maybe scour gear swap for a better price).

As far as getting poles that are lightweight and within your price range, how about these?,97136_Komperdell-C3-Carbon-Trekking-Poles-Standard-Pair-For-Men.html

Sign up for their deal flyer email coupons, save anywhere from 20-30%, and you're set.


Depending on how tall you are, you might be able to pull these off. They weigh 6.7 ounces per pole. My gf uses these, but they are long enough for me (5'9"). The grip is a bit smaller, but I still find them comfortable (size Med glove). The price is cheappppppp, and the weight is light, its a good alternative if it fits you

Rei poles are made by komperdell as well.

Edited by Konrad1013 on 05/19/2010 22:57:53 MDT.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Twist Lock on 05/19/2010 20:32:54 MDT Print View

I've had my troubles too. My Leki Super Makalu's hold great, but my GG LT4's almost always slip after fords or time in wet snow. Now when I get a good lock on my LT4's, I refuse to adjust them. Unfortunately this means I've spent quite a few nights with less headroom under my tarp solely because I didn't want to give up a good lock.

Roberto Requena
(rrequena) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
Corklite on 05/19/2010 21:39:12 MDT Print View

I have the Leki Corklite Makalu poles (the 2008 version) and they're great. has them on sale for $69.95 with free shipping. They were $119.00 when they came out and some online shops are still selling them for about $90. Great poles. Keep in mind they are 16.2oz though (I weighed them myself). If that's too heavy than you'll have to look elsewhere. Hope that helps.

Stephen P
(spavlock) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
great advice on 05/20/2010 14:58:39 MDT Print View

Thanks everyone for your posts. I can't get my mind off of the GG poles, so I think I found a solution. I don't currently use trekking poles to pitchmy shelter. So, I think I am going to get a pair of GG LT3s. With fixed poles, I will not need to worry about the locking mechanisms slipping. I think I will also try to get a pair of Lekis or komperdells on sale or used from the gear swap to use on those trips that I might need the adjustable feature.