Rob also brought the latest developments from Leki.
Aye, you’re seeing it right, that’s flick-locks on Leki poles. There’s a few models in the range that are getting this option, and knowing how popular Black Diamond’s poles with flick-lock length adjustment have been, it looks like a good move.
Weight is still low, and I was swinging them about while extended and I don’t think there’s going to be an issue.
The mechanism itself is pretty much a quick-release like you would find on a seatpost on your bike, and a good one like a Hope too, and it’s been finely engineered as it has to be small and take the load of a hiker tripping onto it as they struggle round the Fairfield horseshoe wearing a 45L pack in high summer (aw come on, I haven’t used that one in ages…).
The other important word in the photie is carbon. Leki carbon poles without antishock, and with flicklocks sound like a proposition you can work with.
The sticky length adjustment was one wee issue I had with the carbon Leki’s, and the other was the strap adjustment. People power has prevailed and below is the new tool and faff-free adjustment mechanism in the handle. A handle so light incidentally, that without the strap it would float away.
2010 sees some new finishing on the poles, so the range looks quite fresh. I was really disappointed though when I was squinting at one white pole without my glasses saying “That’s skulls isn’t it? They’ve put skulls on a pole…” and Rob looked at me as if I was daft saying that it was just wee Leki logo’s in a pattern.