Leki | Womens | Micro | Vario | Carbon (2022)

The Micro Vario sums up its performance with its name, it has a micro weight, micro size and variable size adjustment. The thinner, female friendlyAergon grip provides versatile hand positions and incorporates the Leki Speed Lock system to give you 20cm of adjustment so you get the pole length just right. The longer grip also reduces the need to adjust the length of the pole to suit ascents and contouring. All three sections of pole are linked by a PE coated Kevlar cord and they snap together just like a tent pole with each end protected by an aluminium titanium sleeve that guarantees a perfect connection. A spring in the lower section automatically adjusts the length of the cord keeping the pole in perfect tension.

To assemble the pole simply hold it vertically and pull on the handle until all the sections snap together and the locking pin is engaged. You can then fine tune the length by adjusting the Aergon grip. Folding is simple too, disengage the locking pin and slide the sections apart.

The Leki Skin Strap is an ultra-lightweight, highly breathable strap offering maximum comfort with minimum weight that is simple to adjust.

The speed lock 2 adjustments are extremely fast and easy to use when wanting to change between required lengths depending on height and terrain. Speed lock 2 is also at least 30% smaller, 25% lighter and has a 20% higher holding force compared to the original Speed Lock system.

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Leki decided to use a short Flex Tip results in precise pole placements and perfect grip in nearly and terrain.

  • Female friendly ergonomic edgeless handle for added comfort
  • Extended Mid grip for different grip option over various terrain
  • Leki Skin Strap wrist loop
  • Speed Lock 2 adjustment system is quick and easy
  • 5 piece construction - Handle, adjustable top section, 3 folding lower sections
  • Short Flex Tip for precision
  • Carbon fibre construction

Here are some useful tips and advice on how to get the most of your walking and trekking poles so you can enjoy your adventures more, be safer and improve your fitness. The use of walking and trekking poles has become much more popular, and acceptable, and will provide huge benefits if they fit you properly and you understand the techniques required.

So what are the benefits?

Stability and support.

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Rather obviously using a pair of trekking poles is like having another set of feet, they will provide an extra footing on uneven terrain, on river and stream crossings, and will support your weight when tackling steep ascents and descents.

Reduced body stress.

Using a pair of poles dramatically reduces the stress placed on joints, tendons, and muscles as the simple act of pushing down on the poles reduces your body weight. Try standing on a set of scales with a set of poles held gently in your hands and placed on the floor to see how much lighter you become. Now imagine that weight reduction from every stride taken on every mile walked and it’s clear how beneficial they can be. By developing a good technique your posture will improve, your breathing will be easier and perceived exertion will be reduced. A good technique is particularly beneficial when carrying a heavy pack. You will feel fresher at the end of your walk and you’ll ache less the following day.

Traction and propulsion

With a pair of poles, it’s like having “4 wheel drive”, you have 2 added contact points from which to push off. Nordic walkers and cross country skiers have developed the technique to push off from their poles providing massive additional propulsion. Walkers can also benefit from that technique and gain an extra “push” to reduce exertion. The “skiing” technique also gives you a full body work out and increases cardio-vascular activity.

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This sounds good, so how do I get started?

It is really important to use the strap and handle correctly. The strap is not just there to stop you from losing the poles; it’s there to provide an integral link and aid with propulsion. Slide your hand UP through the loop and then adjust the size so that it is snug, but not too tight. Relax your grip and open your hand so that the strap lies flat over the back of your hand and then comes together between your thumb and forefinger. You’ll notice that the strap has a twist built in which is to allow it to follow the contour of your hand and lie flat. If you push down you should feel the weight being taken across your whole hand. There is no need to grip the handle tightly when using poles as this can cause tendon strain over time. Your hand should remain relaxed and let the strap do the work. This method allows you to retain control of the pole and be fully supported by the strap.

Setting the correct height of your trekking poles

There is no exact science about the absolutely correct pole length and as you become used to using them you’ll want to experiment with the length. But to get you started stand nice and upright and hold the poles (correctly) with the tips on the floor. Your elbows should now be at an angle of about 90°. When you adjust the length please ensure that the overall length is divided equally between the sections. Avoid having one section all the way out and one section all the way in.

Walking with poles.

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Walkers can really benefit from a version of the skiing technique used by Nordic walkers and skiers; if you saw cross country skiing you’ll be aware of this technique. The simplest way to learn is to find a flat piece of ground large enough to walk comfortably, a football pitch or park is ideal.

  1. Hold your poles correctly (as described above) and then hang your arms loosely by your sides with the poles angled backward and the tips dragging on the floor behind you.
  2. Start to walk normally with your arms by your side and just let the poles drag along the floor.
  3. Now repeat step 2 but allow your arms to swing freely from the shoulder. Try not to think about what the poles are doing.
  4. If you become confused and get all tangled up with the poles just go back to step 2 and start again.
  5. As you swing your hands forward and upwards you’ll notice that the tips of the poles will stay in contact with the ground and then as you swing your hand backward you’ll notice the resistance as you push against the pole contact point.
  6. Keep practicing until you become comfortable with swinging the pole freely and pushing off backward, through the strap, against the contact point. This provides propulsion and support and as you push backward and downwards, in effect un-weighting yourself, it reduces the stress on your joints.

Try to keep your arms soft and relaxed with your hands not rising higher than the position you’d normally adopt when shaking hands with someone. You may notice that your stride naturally lengthens, which is a good thing, and that the contact point for the pole tip is approximately mid stride. As you push off against the pole try to use your whole arm, from the shoulder and not from the elbow. Keep practicing and with time this technique will feel totally natural and you’ll wonder how you ever managed to walk without poles. It’s worth noting that this technique works perfectly on flat even ground, but it can be adapted to suit uneven terrain, it just takes practice.

One pole or two?

All of the above benefits and techniques will only apply if you use two poles. One pole may be sufficient if you are traveling over easy flat terrain and you are not carrying a pack. When you use two poles you can really take advantage of all of the benefits, including the increase in fitness that comes with developing a good technique so you can use your whole body, not just your legs.

FAQs

Is Leki a good brand? ›

Leki Women's Micro Vario Carbon

They have comfortable grips, excellent locking mechanisms, and low weight. They are ultra-packable, collapsing down to only 15.5 inches in length, among the smallest in our review. The foam grips and wrist straps are also some of the most comfortable to use barehanded.

Where are Leki products made? ›

The majority of LEKI products are manufactured in our factory in the Czech Republic.

How do you adjust Leki Micro Vario? ›

How to assemble your Leki Micro Vario Walking Poles - YouTube

How do I choose Leki poles? ›

How to Choose Trekking Poles - YouTube

Do carbon trekking poles break? ›

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Are walking sticks worth it? ›

Why use trekking poles? It has been shown that using walking poles will reduce the accumulated stress on the feet, legs, knees and back by sharing the load more evenly across the whole body. This is especially true when carrying a heavy pack on your back.

Is LEKI a German company? ›

LEKI, the world's leading manufacturer of Ski, Hiking and Trekking Poles, had its start in Kirchheim, Germany as a hobby of its founder, Karl Lenhart, an airframe mechanic and avid skier.

How do you use a Leki walking stick? ›

Trekking / Hiking- "How to" with LEKI poles - YouTube

How do you tighten a Leki pole? ›

How to Fix a Leki Walking Pole : Backpacking Supplies - YouTube

How do you adjust a Leki walking stick? ›

How to Adjust and Use Trekking Poles - YouTube

What are some disadvantages of Nordic walking? ›

Some of the disadvantages of Nordic walking include the costly expenses, risk of tripping, complex and time-consuming techniques, discomfort, and interruption of other simple activities.

Is it better to hike with one pole or two? ›

Hiking with one pole or walking stick gives greater benefits than not using a hiking pole at all. However, using two poles will allow you to get a more symmetrical workout, provide more balance, enhance endurance, and even boost your overall speed. Realistically, a single hiking pole is better than no pole at all.

Do walking sticks help with knee pain? ›

Using walking poles, or even a single pole, will reduce knee pain and increase hill climbing power and endurance. They can also help with balance when crossing soft or boggy ground or when crossing rivers, scree running, and doing other activities which put additional strain on your balance.

How do you use Leki Speed Lock? ›

Leki Wanderfreund Speed Lock 2 Walking Pole Single - YouTube

How do you use Leki Super Lock? ›

Leki Voyager Super Lock Walking Poles Pair - www.simplyhike.co.uk

The Leki Women's Micro Vario Carbon is among our favorite trekking poles, and our first choice to take on alpine climbing and mountaineering trips because it collapses and stows away so easily.. AwardsPrice$200 List$170 List $169.95 at Amazon $140 List $139.95 at AmazonCheck Price at REICompare at 2 sellers $43 List $42.99 at AmazonOverall Score Star RatingProsComfortable, easy to adjust, small packed size, lightweight, versatileComfortable grip, locks securely, packs small, highly versatileFairly lightweight, packable, adjust and collapse easily, durable for a lightweight poleLightweight, short collapsed length, surprisingly durableDurable, comfortable grip, packs smallConsExpensiveCarbon is less durable than aluminum, on the expensive sideSpendy, only slightly above-average comfortNo length adjustability, average grip comfortHeavy, less versatile due to weightBottom LineThis pole is comfortable, easy to adjust, lightweight, and highly packable, easily rising to the top in our testsA simple, elegant, and well-built trekking pole with versatility for all usesA lightweight but durable pole that is highly packable and features easy adjustment and collapsibilityDurable with a short collapsed length, this is a fantastic value for a lightweight poleA highly affordable pair of poles with all of the features of more expensive modelsRating CategoriesLeki Women's Micro...MSR DynaLock Ascent...Black Diamond Dista...Black Diamond Dista...Trekology Trek-ZComfort(20%)Weight(20%)Versatility(20%)Locking and Adjustability(15%)Packed Size(15%)Construction Quality(10%)SpecsLeki Women's Micro...MSR DynaLock Ascent...Black Diamond Dista...Black Diamond Dista...Trekology Trek-ZMeasured Weight (per pair)16 oz17 oz16 oz12.5 oz26 ozShaft MaterialCarbonCarbon fiberAluminumAluminumAluminumCollapsed Length15.5 in14.25 in14/15 in13/14/16/17 in15 inMax Length51 in47 in49.2 in39/43/47/51 in47 inPole DesignFoldableCollapsibleFoldableFoldableFoldableGrip MaterialFoamRubber, plastic, foamFoamEVA foamFoamLocking MechanismSpeed​​Lock 2DynaLockExternal Lever LockSpeed Cone DeploymentLever lockBaskets/Tip Attachments?Yes, tips and basketsYes, winter and summer basketsYes, rubber and carbide tips and trail basketsYes, rubber and carbide tipsYes, powder and trail baskets, boots, and narrow tipsSize TestedOne size100-120 cm105-125 cm110 cm100-120 cm. These poles break-down into one of the shortest packable lengths of any poles we tested, which makes them an excellent option for alpine climbing trips, mountaineering, or long trips on variable terrain.. Across the most rugged alpine terrain the Sierras can offer, the Micro Vario Carbon poles delivered in terms of shock absorption, comfort, stability, and support.. Fully packed-down and practically weightless, you'll hardly notice the Micro Vario Carbon poles strapped to your pack or stashed in your luggage.. The Micro Vario Carbon poles were adept over steep technical terrain, with or without a pack.. We really dig the fact that the Micro Vario has only one lever for length adjustment, rather than two adjustments and two separate length readings, as is the case with many other poles.. The Micro Vario Carbon offers some length adjustability with a lever-lock at the top of the pole.. Foldable poles are by-far the most packable style of trekking poles, compared to telescoping poles.. We loved being able to stow the Micro Vario poles in our pack for critter hangs or on the outside of a pack to move efficiently across technical terrain.. The Leki Micro Vario Carbon wins our Editors' Choice award for trekking poles in both the men's and the women's versions.. In some cases, you may want a more specialized pole that is lighter weight or more durable, but for most hiking, mountaineering, and alpine climbing trips, this pole is the cream of the crop.

The Leki Micro Vario Carbon is a good trekking pole with a hefty price tag.. AwardsPrice$200 List $199.95 at Amazon $170 List $169.95 at Amazon $200 List Check Price at REICompare at 2 sellers $43 List $42.99 at AmazonOverall Score Star RatingProsPacks compactly, relatively lightweight, easily disassembledComfortable grip, locks securely, packs small, highly versatileComfortable, easy to adjust, small packed size, lightweight, versatileLightweight, short collapsed length, surprisingly durableDurable, comfortable grip, packs smallConsExpensive, heavy swing weight, grip is oddly contouredCarbon is less durable than aluminum, on the expensive sideExpensiveNo length adjustability, average grip comfortHeavy, less versatile due to weightBottom LineA high-performing, easily packable, and lightweight pole that comes with great featuresA simple, elegant, and well-built trekking pole with versatility for all usesThis pole is comfortable, easy to adjust, lightweight, and highly packable, easily rising to the top in our testsDurable with a short collapsed length, this is a fantastic value for a lightweight poleA highly affordable pair of poles with all of the features of more expensive modelsRating CategoriesLeki Micro Vario Ca...MSR DynaLock Ascent...Leki Women's Micro...Black Diamond Dista...Trekology Trek-ZComfort(20%)Weight(20%)Versatility(20%)Locking and Adjustability(15%)Packed Size(15%)Construction Quality(10%)SpecsLeki Micro Vario Ca...MSR DynaLock Ascent...Leki Women's Micro...Black Diamond Dista...Trekology Trek-ZMeasured Weight (per pair)17 oz17 oz16 oz12.5 oz26 ozShaft MaterialCarbonCarbon fiberCarbonAluminumAluminumCollapsed Length15.5 in14.25 in15.5 in13/14/16/17 in15 inMax Length47 in47 in51 in39/43/47/51 in47 inPole DesignFoldableCollapsibleFoldableFoldableFoldableGrip MaterialFoamRubber, plastic, foamFoamEVA foamFoamLocking MechanismSpeed​​Lock 2DynaLockSpeed​​Lock 2Speed Cone DeploymentLever lockBaskets/Tip Attachments?Yes, tips and basketsYes, winter and summer basketsYes, tips and basketsYes, rubber and carbide tipsYes, powder and trail baskets, boots, and narrow tipsSize TestedOne size100-120 cmOne size110 cm100-120 cm. The Leki Micro Vario Carbon is a great pole for most uses.. At 16.4 ounces, the Micro Vario Carbon is an average weight for trekking poles.. These "women's specific" poles only differ from unisex poles in that they are usually shorter and lighter, with contoured grips for smaller hands.. That said, users who prefer lightweight poles and poles with low swing weights should consider other options.. The Leki Micro Vario Carbon folds down relatively small compared to telescoping poles, but doesn't pack as small as some foldable poles.. The Micro Vario features a carbon construction and a break-apart design, making it quite durable, but not as durable as aluminum poles using the traditional telescoping design.. Still, carbon fiber tends to chip and crack more easily than aluminum poles, so every pole design has to choose between more durability with aluminum construction and the lighter weight afforded by carbon construction.. These poles feature metal reinforcements on the ends of the carbon shaft sections, making them a durable choice compared to other foldable poles.. The Micro Vario Carbon is one of the most expensive poles that we have ever tested.. The Leki Micro Vario Carbon is a great all-around pole, excelling in every category.

I just purchased a LEKI folding pole.. Where do I submit it?. LEKI USA located in Buffalo, NY is the Sales, Marketing and Distribution office for the United States of America.. Where can I purchase LEKI poles, gloves and accessories?. You can purchase our products from your local LEKI Dealer.. You can also purchase our product from our website.. Which pole is best for me?. Poles are usually 2 sections although three sectioned and one-piece fixed length are also available Poles are lighter and their tips are meant to be engaged to the sides and behind the body while walking LEKI Nordic Walking poles are used for pushing off the ground to engage the whole body Follow-through is important The natural gait of arm/leg motion is intuitive Not meant to support weight but to evenly distribute stress and movement, and engage the walking surface Nordic Walking poles are not gripped as tightly as trekking poles are, but rather held loosely The hands are connected to the poles with straps that click-in securely and have a releasable Trigger feature The Rubber Tips are angled to assist with push off and maximum movement Poles can be used without the tips on soft or irregular surfaces. How do I determine which style/size expanders I need to purchase?. Reddish-Orange Expanders are our Standard Expander and can be purchased here: https://leki-store.mwrc.net/en/product.php?product_id=59628. Are Trigger S and Trigger 3D poles, straps and gloves compatible?. Can I use Trigger 3D gloves together with Trigger S Poles for example?. Yes, Trigger S and Trigger 3D poles, straps and gloves are all interchangeable.. Are Trigger S/3D poles, straps gloves compatible with the Shark system or vice versa?. Trigger S/3D straps and gloves will NOT fit on poles with a Shark grip.

LEKI is one of the top brands of trekking poles when it comes to skiing and hiking.. When it comes to choosing the best trekking poles, there are many considerations such as weight, length, comfort, design, materials, and price.. Ultralight trekking poles are made from durable and light materials such as aluminum or carbon fiber.. Aluminum shafts are more durable and sturdy and can withstand extreme abuse such as hiking on rocky terrain, crossing rivers, and mountain climbing.. Telescopic trekking poles are ideal if you like to adjust your poles many times on your outdoor adventure.. Fixed-length poles are ideal for lightweight backpacking and hiking.. The PAS or Positive Angle Soft grip is very easy to adjust.. The wrist strap is adjustable and is made from durable nylon material.. LEKI offers the best trekking poles that provide excellent support and comfort.. Moreover, they also offer lightweight trekking poles and durable aluminum and carbon fiber trekking poles.

My Leki MCT 12 Vario Carbon Poles Review details a cross trail pole of the highest quality.. The MCT 12 Vario Carbon Poles feature a 3 section 100% carbon construction that opens and closes using an avalanche probe style system.. I would consider the MCT’s to be the ideal companion for hill goers who use poles for off road running or for hillwalkers who want a sleek and easily packable pole system.. Leki MCT 12 Vario Carbon Poles. It also works well when you have set the pole length to match one terrain type and temporarily the terrain changes but it isn’t worth resetting the pole length.. Trigger Shark system As mentioned earlier in this Leki MCT 12 Vario Carbon poles review, the poles feature Leki’s Trigger Shark system.. Pole Basket Flawless performance Also, as the wrist loop stays on the hand at all times, you can also use the poles without the leashes at any point if preferred.. Like all the previous Leki products I have used, my Leki MCT 12 Vario Carbon Poles review reveals a superbly designed and engineered multi-activity pole system.

The hybrid folding/telescopic design combines the light weight and compactness of a folding pole with the adjustability of a telescoping pole.. Leki has given imaginative names to the various features of this and other poles: Cross Shark (grips); CLD (core locking device); Trigger Shark Strap (quick release mesh straps); Speed Lock 2 (cam locks).. The pole is easily deployed by opening the cam lock and pulling down on the telescoping section until an orange band marked "LOCK" at the top of the middle section shows and there is an audible click as the hidden locking mechanism engages.. To fold the poles, open the cam locks and pull down until the orange band shows again and the same click signals that the locking mechanism is disengaged, so that when the telescoping section is collapsed there is plenty of slack in the cable to fold up the pole.. I typically wear out full-wrap xc pole straps in 5 to 6 seasons of use, but xc technique produces a lot more and more intense action than running poles.. Leki offers quick release straps on some of its trekking, xc, alpine and backcountry ski poles, with an additional breakaway release function on the alpine and backcountry poles to help prevent shoulder injury.. This and Leki's other running poles have a trail running tip, really a single-unit tip/basket assembly, without replaceable baskets of different sizes (as on trekking poles) to extend its useful range to muddy or snowy conditions.. When describing ski pole tips, I usually divide them into three parts: the actual metal tip ; the ferrule , the molded plastic piece that joins the tip to the pole shaft; and the basket , the more or less wide ring or flare on the upper part of the ferrule that helps prevent the pole tip from penetrating too deeply into soft surface.. On the MCT 12, the ferrule and basket are a single molded unit, as is the case on xc racing poles and other poles with small baskets.. Unlike on some of Leki's trekking poles, the ferrule on this pole is not flexible.

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