Leki Diva Antishock Test Report by Jo Ann Moffi (2022)


InitialReport May 23, 2008
Field Report August12, 2008
Long Term ReportOctober 6, 2008

Leki Diva Antishock Test Report by Jo Ann Moffi (1)
Photo courtesy of Leki, Inc. website.



Manufacturer: Leki,Inc.
Year ofManufacture: 2008
Manufacturer URL:http://www.leki.com/
Manufacturer'sSuggested RetailPrice: $139.95 US
Colour: Black andtan.
Finish: UltraSonic/Anodized.
Size:One size adjustable from 90 to 125 cm (35.4 to 49 in).
AdjustableFrom:60 cm (23.6 in) to 125 cm (49 in) to the stop mark on the shaft of thepole.
Listed Weight: 442 g(15.6 oz)
ActualWeight: 439 g (15.5 oz) for both poles.
Manufactured in: CzechRepublic
Warranty: Lifetimewarranty against shaft breakage.

NameJoAnn Moffi
Height168cm (5ft 6 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lbs)
EmailAddressjomoffiAT gmail DOT com
City,State, CountrySaultSte. Marie, Ontario, Canada

Iwas introduced to backpacking about 16 years ago when I met my husband.We have been backpacking, canoe camping, car camping, hiking, andparticipating in all sorts of outdoor activities together ever since.We live in a border town (US & Canada), so we spend lots oftime in both countries for our outdoor excursions. When making adecision on gear, I like to go lightweight and practical. I pack aslightas possible without denying myselflittle luxuries.

May 23, 2008

Received May 17, 2008

Product Details:

The Leki Diva Antishock Trekking Poles, part of the Leki WildflowerSeries,are a three section aluminum shaft pole with a corkgrip, a paddednylon strap, and a what Leki calls a performance basket. Thearrivedclipped together via two plastic holders, the top one with a hook forhangingin a retail store. This hanger will also make a nice way to store thepoleswhen not in use. The carbide tips were covered with a protectiveplasticsleeve.

Upper Section:
Integrated Positive Angle Grip
- For optimized swing actionand idealergonomics. A 15-degree angle keeps the wrist in a neutral, relaxed,reducedstrain position.
Comfort Strap - Lined with a wicking material thatallows forbreathability. The strap edge is soft to the touch to prevent sorespots.

Mid Section:
Aluminum- Made using an exclusive to Lekiheat treating processfor a high level of tensile strength. The inside of the shaft istexturized tohelp hold the sections together, locking the poles at the desiredlength.
Super Lock System - Locks length in 3-4 turns. 360degree reverse turnsecurity.
Sleeve - Keeps dirt and debris from entering thesection above.

Lower Section:
Universal Carbide Flextip
- A replaceable tip that flexes upto 30 degreeswithout damaging the shaft of the pole. Provides optimal grip on iceand rock.
Basket - Keeps the poles from sinking into softground or rockyfooting.Can be changed for use in snow and winter conditions.Locks intoposition onto the Carbide Flextip.

Super Lock System:
The adjustment of the poles is kept into place by the Super LockSystem. Lekitouts this system as being rated highest in the locking securitybyTUVProduct Service, an independent product testing lab. It has thestrongest holdof 140 kg (309 lb) per pole and the strongest locking security of 360degreeturnback. These features combine together to prevent unexpectedcollapsing ofthe poles under stress.

Initial Impressions

I am relatively new to hiking and backpacking withpoleshaving purchasedmy first pair within the last two years. When I picked out my firstpair, I hadno idea what I was looking for, so I bought a mid-priced aluminum shaftpair ofpoles that weigh in at 550 g (1 lb, 3.5 oz).My firstimpression on takingthe Diva poles out of the box was how light they were.

The most obvious difference for me with these poles will be theantishockfeature that the Diva poles have. They have the SAS-L (Soft AntishockSystem-Lite),a combination of steel spring and Elastomer. The 2008 models SAS-Lantishockproperties are not able to be turned off. To test out the capacity oftheantishock, I measured the difference between the poles in a 'neutral'positionand compressed as far as possible by the antishock system. Thedifference was 1cm (0.4 in). It will be very interesting to see if I find this adesirablefeature in a hiking pole.

Adjusting the Height of the Poles:
To adjust the poles, I twist the upper section in the directionindicated for'open' and slide the shaft along to the desired height mark. Then I dothe samefor the lower section. Using the guidelines provided on the hang tagfor myheight, Leki recommends setting the poles at 115 cm (45.3 in). Afteradjustingthe poles to the setting recommended, I took the poles for little testdrivearound my yard. I ended up re-adjusting the poles to 110 cm (43 in). Atthisheight, my arms are bent at a 90 degree angle when in use.

Adjusting the Comfort Strap:
The top of the handle of the poles has a black flip up portion thatallows forthe strap to be adjusted then locked into place to prevent slippingduring use.It pops up easily by pulling up on the top of the strap. It clips backintoplace just as easily by pressing the black plastic portion back intothe top ofthe handle.

August 12, 2008

Testing Locations:
Ihave used the poles on all my outings hiking and backpacking. Most ofmy hiking and backpacking has been in the Hiawatha Highlands andVoyageur Trail system areas in the Algoma region just outside of SaultSte. Marie, Ontario. These two areas have many linked trails meanderingthrough red and white pine old-growth forests and dense boreal standsof jack pine and spruce linked by a network of rivers, lakes, andwetlands. Elevations range from 225 to 315 m (738 to 1033 ft) above sealevel. I have also ventured up into Lake Superior Provincial Park,about 2 hours north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The terrain hereconsists of trails similar to those found along the Voyageur Trail withthe addition of rock and pebble beaches, long sandy stretches, andnumerous stream crossings.

I hiked approximately 20km (12.4 mi)with the poles over the past two months. Sometimes this would be a 2 km(1.2 mi) trek, others times it would be a 5 km (3 mi) trek.

Theweather has been cool for summer; temperatures have ranged from 15 to28 C (59 to 82 F). The skies have been clear, cloudy, and dark withthunderstorms over the field testing period.

Inthe Field Performance:
Onmy first outing with the poles, I trekked about 4 km (2.5 mi) in thebush along the shore of Lake Superior, occasionally jaunting out ontothe beach. The beach was composed of large rocks from about the size ofa baseball down to ones about the size of a marble. There were alsosections of shale like rock with large flat surfaces. The poles weregreat at helping me keep my balance while walking along, as some of therocks would move around under my feet.

On other hikes I usedthe poles on hard packed trails. These were the easiest to trek alongand I would sometimes attach the poles to my pack if I was going to betrekking for any length of time along a packed trail. I would pull thepoles out again when I would venture into the bush, cross streams, orslog through muddy and boggy areas. They were especially helpful whencrossing streams or muddy areas. I used them to lean on when I hoppedfrom one rock or log to the next.

My favourite thingsabout these poles are the comfort strap and the grip. I have the strapadjusted so that it rests just at the edge of my hand at my wrist. Thepadding does not cause any friction or rub spots as I have encounteredin the past with ski poles. The grip is firm but soft on my hands. Thiswas very welcome on a hike when I had blisters between my thumb andfirst finger from doing yard work. The texture of the grip did notirritate those spots at all even though the grip was in constantcontact with the blisters while hiking.

Just after receivingthe poles, I had adjusted the height to what I preferred, which is 110cm (43 in). This height has served me well for the past couple ofmonths. It is 5 cm (2 in) less than what the manufacturer recommends.

WhenI get home from a hike, I collapse the poles for easier storage. Ittook me a few times of collapsing and extending the poles to get usedto how they tighten down and prevent the pole from collapsing whilehiking. A couple of times I would get out on the trail and put a littleweigh on the pole and it would move down. The Super Lock System does agreat job of keeping the poles from collapsing under stress now that Ihave figured out how to keep them tight.

The Antishockproperties also took a bit of getting used to. My last pair of poleswere just plain aluminum poles with no antishock properties. When Ifirst started hiking with the Divas, it felt to me like they werethreatening to collapse. Now that I have put some mileage on them, theAntishock is a welcome feature. In the past I have noticed my elbowswould notice the impact of the poles hitting the trail after a long dayof hiking. I haven't experienced any of this with the Divas. Forsomeone who uses their arms all day long at work, it is nice to nothave any additional strain on my arms in my recreational activities!

August 12, 2008

Ihave continued to use the poles on all my outings hiking andbackpacking. All of myhiking and backpacking has been in thesameareas as in the Field Report.

Ihiked approximately 15km (9.3 mi)with the poles over the Long Term Testing period, consisting of twohikes approximately 7 km (4.35 mi) in length each. The polessawabout 35 km (21.7 mi) of use over the entire test period.

Bothof the days I was out hiking this fall were beautiful fall days.Thetemperature on both days was 16 C (61 F). The skies wereclearand sunny with a light breeze.

Inthe Field Performance:
Ihiked the same trail on both hikes for the Long Term Testing periods.The trail was hard packed in most places, with 3 or 4 sandy hills. Thisis where the poles came in very handy for providing extra stability onthe trek up and for giving my knees a bit of relief on the way down.For areas where the pole were unnecessary, I just carried them both inone hand collapsed.

I still enjoy the comfortstrap and grip of these poles. They continue to provide a soft gripthat is just the right shape for my hand.I have now got thecollapsing and extending of the poles down pat. I no longer haveproblems with the poles sliding down because I didn't get them tightenough.

The carbide tips are holding up very well. The hardpacked trails I used them on had smooth rocks incorporated into thetrail. Even after many kilometers of impact they are showing littlesigns of wear.

Althoughthe poles have accumulated very little dirt, they are very easy toclean.Whenthe tips have become dirty,I simply bang them against my boot to clean them. When thedirt has been wet, I have just left them outside to dry then knockedthem off before bringing them inside for storage. The shaft of thepoles remain clean and blemish free.

OverallI am very impressed with the Leki Diva Antishock Trekking Poles. Theyare a comfortable, well designed pole that has been a welcome additionto my hiking gear. I will continue to use them for many years to comeand would not hesitate to look for them again on the store shelves whenthe time comes for replacement.

Comfort Grip and Strap
Antishock properties


This concludesmy Long Term Report.Thank you to BackpackGearTest and to Leki, Inc. for the opportunity totest theLeki Diva Antishock Trekking Poles.

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