OWNER REVIEW - LEKI Makalu Titanium Poles (2022)

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LEKI Makalu Titanium Trekking Poles

Name: Dawn Opland
Age: 30
Gender: Female
Height: 5'5" (1.67 Meters)
Weight: 120 Pounds (54 Kilograms)
Email: dawn.opland-SrL5qGCgbQJGMJYXDe/***@public.gmane.org
City, State, Country: Hudson, WI, United States
Date: 02 November 2006

Backpacking Background: I've been backpacking for six years, some weeklong trips, but
mostly shorter weekend trips. I like to pack light, but am not an ultralight diehard. I have
climbed mountains in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. I recently moved to
Wisconsin from Maine and now my weekend trips are in terrain consisting of rolling hills
with flat sections interspersed. This December I will be traveling to Tanzania to hike
Kilimanjaro with a friend and have plans to backpack across Isle Royale next August.

Manufacturer: LEKI
Leki USA, Inc.
458 Sonwil Drive
Buffalo, NY 14225

Tel: 716-683-1022
Fax: 716-683-1296
E-Mail: service-LwpSkeF/***@public.gmane.org
Year of Manufacture: 2003
URL: www.leki.com
MSRP: 99.95/pair
Listed Weight: 16.6 ounces/pair (471 grams/pair)
Weight as delivered: 16.0 ounces/pair (454 grams/pair)

Length (measured from the tip):
50.0 inches fully extended (127 Centimeters)
24.0 inches collapsed (61 Centimeters)

Poles are black with silver lettering and a red stripe running along 3-sides of the top
section. The baskets are 2" diameter and made of black plastic. The foam grips are also
black with a cork "cap" that houses the wrist strap adjustment. The wrist strap is made of
black nylon with a soft fleece material sewn onto the side that touches your skin. The
poles arrive with minimal packaging; the wrist straps are looped together and a plastic clip
holds the tip ends together. My poles also came with a tiny LEKI carabineer (not intended
for climbing purposes).

The sections are extended and collapsed by twisting each section at the "hub" and then
pulling or pushing the loosened section to lengthen or shorten to the desired height. You
can get a more detailed explanation behind LEKI's internal tightening mechanism by
visiting their website.

Wrist straps are adjusted by pulling the tiny "plug" out from the top of the handgrips, now
the straps are free and the slack can be adjusted to suit your preference. If you enjoy year
round hiking you'll likely be adjusting your straps twice a year, once in the winter to
accommodate your gloves and then again in the spring for your wrists sans gloves. It can
be difficult to get the plug out of the handgrip without using a pliers.

I have been using my LEKI poles for the past 3-years, mostly in the granite Appalachian
Mountains in Maine. The poles are in great shape despite the rough terrain. The only area
of the poles showing much sign of wear are the plastic baskets, which I will probably
replace within the next two years. I continue to be impressed with the foam grips, they
are not disintegrating and do not leave black residue on my hands (I've had this happen
before).

My only complaint is that I've had issues adjusting the length during winter snowshoeing
hikes. In temperatures below 10-degrees Fahrenheit (-12 Celsius) the pole sections do
not loosen or tighten as well as in the summertime. Speaking of cold temperatures, you
can adjust the pole's length with gloves on, but it's much easier to just use your bare
hands. I've seen some newer poles by Black Diamond that use an external locking
mechanism that may interest anyone who does a lot of hiking in cold weather.

Another consideration for uses would be as a tent pole. Some ultralight shelters are
propped up using tent poles. I have never tried this, but it is something to consider if
you're looking for a way to reduce your pack weight.

In summary, these poles are fairly light at 16 ounces and a bargain for the manufacturer's
price of $99.95/pair. They have never inadvertently collapsed on me during ascent/
descent and are still in great shape after years of use.

Buy them for:
1.Low price for their weight
2.Durability

Not so hot:
1.Reliability of locking mechanism in cold temperatures
2.Wrist straps could be easier to adjust

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Hello Dawn,

You have made a good first effort here. Though I have quite a few
edits for you, the form of the review is generally good. One
preliminary remark, however. We customarily abbreviate the units of
measure, but I am unaware of any requirement to do so, provided that
the report is internally consistent in this regard.

It is unnecessary to capitalize them, as they are not proper nouns. I
haven't marked every instance, but please go through and change the
case, except in the one instance where I have indicated that upper
case is correct.

Also lacking from the owner review is an important and required
section, indicating the conditions under which the poles have been
used. You touch on this, but not comprehensively. My way is not the
only way to do it, but I'm quoting below the statement from one of my
ORs. All of this information should be included in the review.

"I have used the Raven in winter in the Catskills and Adirondack
Mountains primarily, at temperatures down to -15 F (8 C) or a bit
below (and up to or even a little above freezing), at elevations to
4500 ft (1372 m). It has been used exclusively under icy or snowy
conditions, on steep terrain."

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In the case of the Makalus, you might cover the range of weather a
little further, for rain, etc.

A few things you don't touch on are the carbide tips, which should be
discussed--what sort of wear do these show, and have you had to change
them? Do yours have the anti-shock mechanism? If not, please state; if
so, talk about that.Do you use both snow and trekking baskets? If so,
you might want to talk about changing the baskets, and the merits (or
otherwise) of each.

Best,

Ted

BGT OR Editor

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LEKI Makalu Titanium Trekking Poles

### EDIT: This should be

Owner Review LEKI Makalu Titanium Trekking Poles

Review date: Date: 2 November 2006

Post by d_opland
Name: Dawn Opland
Age: 30
Gender: Female
Height: 5'5"

### EDIT: For consistency with the other units expressed in this
review, this should be

Height: 5 foot 5 inches

(1.67 Meters)

### EDIT: lower-case m (and lowercase initial letter on units
throughout, please.

Post by d_opland
Weight: 120 Pounds (54 Kilograms)
City, State, Country: Hudson, WI, United States
Date: 02 November 2006

### EDIT: Remove date from here as it is now at the head

Post by d_opland
Backpacking Background: I've been backpacking for six years, some weeklong trips, but
mostly shorter weekend trips. I like to pack light, but am not an

ultralight diehard. I have

Post by d_opland
climbed mountains in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica.

I recently moved to

Post by d_opland
Wisconsin from Maine and now my weekend trips are in terrain

consisting of rolling hills

Post by d_opland
with flat sections interspersed. This December I will be traveling to Tanzania to hike
Kilimanjaro with a friend and have plans to backpack across Isle Royale next August.

### COMMENT: I generally advise against listing specific trips, as
this review will be read long after you have made them, at which point
this will no longer be a valid statement of fact. What I would like
here is an approximate pack-weight for a typical trip, before food and
water.

Post by d_opland
Manufacturer: LEKI
Leki USA, Inc.
458 Sonwil Drive
Buffalo, NY 14225
Tel: 716-683-1022
Fax: 716-683-1296
Year of Manufacture: 2003
URL: www.leki.com
MSRP: 99.95/pair

### EDIT: MSRP: US$99.95/pair

I have a query. I didn't look very hard, but I didn't see MSRPs on
LEKI's site. If this is a retailer price, please omit and say simply
MSRP: n/a. Otherwise, keep as is (with the edit).

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Post by d_opland
Listed Weight: 16.6 ounces/pair (471 grams/pair)
Weight as delivered: 16.0 ounces/pair (454 grams/pair)
50.0 inches fully extended (127 Centimeters)
24.0 inches collapsed (61 Centimeters)
Poles are black with silver lettering and a red stripe running along

3-sides

### EDIT: I'm not clear what you mean here by 3-sides. Could you
clarify the language slightly? The hyphen between 3 and sides is not
required, and arguably, a pole of circular form does not have sides. I
think probably just "...and three red stripes running along the sides
of the top section." suffices.

of the top

Post by d_opland
section. The baskets are 2"

### EDIT: 2 inches (and cm conversion, please)

diameter and made of black plastic. The foam grips are also

Post by d_opland
black with a cork "cap" that houses the wrist strap adjustment. The wrist strap is made of
black nylon with a soft fleece material sewn onto the side that

touches your

## EDIT: We generally avoid the use of "you," your," etc., as
projecting the writer's experience on the reader. "...on the side that
touches my skin."

skin. The

Post by d_opland
poles arrive with minimal packaging; the wrist straps are looped together and a plastic clip
holds the tip ends together

### EDIT: add "when received" for clarity

. My poles also came with a tiny LEKI carabineer

### EDIT: carabiner or karabiner is correct.

(not intended

Post by d_opland
for climbing purposes).
The sections are extended and collapsed by twisting each section at the "hub" and then
pulling or pushing the loosened section to lengthen or shorten to the desired height. You
can get a more detailed explanation

### EDIT: A more detailed explanation of LEKI's internal tightening
mechanism may be found by visiting their website. [avoids "you"]

behind LEKI's internal tightening mechanism by

Post by d_opland
visiting their website.
Wrist straps are adjusted by pulling the tiny "plug" out from the top of the handgrips, now
the straps are free and the slack can be adjusted to suit your

preference. If you enjoy year

Post by d_opland
round hiking you'll likely be adjusting your straps twice a year, once in the winter to
accommodate your gloves and then again in the spring for your wrists

sans gloves.

### EDIT: Please reword the previous sentences to put this in terms of
your experience, not the hypothetical "you."

It can

Post by d_opland
be difficult to get the plug out of the handgrip without using a pliers.
I have been using my LEKI poles for the past 3-years

### EDIT: three years

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, mostly in the granite Appalachian

Post by d_opland
Mountains in Maine. The poles are in great shape despite the rough terrain. The only area
of the poles showing much sign of wear are the plastic baskets, which I will probably
replace within the next two years. I continue to be impressed with the foam grips, they
are not disintegrating and do not leave black residue on my hands (I've had this happen
before).

### COMMENT: Maybe " (I've had this happen with other brands of pole).
Don't specify the brand or style though; we don't do "shootout" reviews.

Post by d_opland
My only complaint is that I've had issues adjusting the length

during winter snowshoeing

Post by d_opland
hikes. In temperatures below 10-degrees Fahrenheit (-12 Celsius)

### COMMENT: caps for Fahrenheit and Celsius are right and proper, as
they are named for Messrs. Fahrenheit and Celsius!

the pole sections do

Post by d_opland
not loosen or tighten as well as in the summertime. Speaking of cold temperatures, you
can adjust the pole's length with gloves on, but it's much easier to just use your bare
hands.

### EDIT: Lose the yous, please! <g>--that rhymes.

I've seen some newer poles by Black Diamond that use an external
locking

Post by d_opland
mechanism that may interest anyone who does a lot of hiking in cold weather.

### EDIT: Because of the "shootout" factor, please discard this last
sentence, or just state that you have seen poles with such an external
mechanism that may work better. Actually, I do a lot of winter
mountaineering (Catskills, Dacks, and occasionally Whites) and I have
never had too many issues the Leki locking mechanism. The BD Flicklock
mechanism *is* better, but the "Binary" mechanism found on the lower
section of some of their poles is a trifle awkward at the best of
times, and impossible in winter.

Post by d_opland
Another consideration for uses would be as a tent pole. Some

ultralight shelters are

Post by d_opland
propped up using tent poles. I have never tried this, but it is something to consider if
you're looking for a way to reduce your pack weight.

### EDIT: All perfectly correct, and indeed I was using my poles in
this manner on Saturday might. The issue is that you haven't done
this. You can get away with the first two sentences as a simple
statement of fact but things go awry around "I have never tried this."
Better to say "I have never tried this, but it might be something I
would consider for reducing my pack weight." [If indeed it is].

Post by d_opland
In summary, these poles are fairly light at 16 ounces and a bargain for the manufacturer's
price of $99.95/pair.

### EDIT: See query as per price above.

They have never inadvertently collapsed on me during ascent/

Post by d_opland
descent and are still in great shape after years of use.
1.Low price for their weight
2.Durability
1.Reliability of locking mechanism in cold temperatures
2.Wrist straps could be easier to adjust

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LEKI ULTRALITE MAKALU TITANIUM TREKKING. BY SHELLEY LACLAIR. OWNER REVIEW. August 26, 2006, updated January 21, 2009. (LEKI website). Trail conditions were often slick and muddy and rocks were slippery and hazardous in many places.. I always use the poles when hiking in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, where the valley trails are typically soft and springy with muddy patches scattered throughout the trails.. I continue to use the LEKI Ultralite Makalu Titanium Trekking Poles whenever I am day hiking or going on a backpacking trip.. I was happy with my Malukai anti-shock poles but after we started on the Long Trail in Vermont, USA, my husband decided it was time for him to also have trekking poles.. Each pole is marked with either an R (right hand) or L (left hand) at the top near the strap adjustment screw.. The handle has a COR-TEC 2.54 cm (1 in) top and then rest of the handle is covered with molded black dense "foam" that has some give to it and provides comfort.. Downhill, I usually put my palm at the very top of the handle to give myself support.. On days that are very hot and my hands are sweaty, there have been times when the handles have smelled a bit like stinky shoes.. It was returned to me within 5 weeks with the bent section replaced.. The tip grips enough on rock to give me balance when I need it with little or no slippage.. I find it easy to change the length of the poles and although they are marked with measurements on the barrel of the poles, I just loosen the twist locks, make them taller than I normally would use, then put my hands on the handles and push down to adjust the height of each pole to my liking.. I find it easy to adjust the length as needed even while continuing to hike on easy stretches of trail.. I often recommend trekking poles to my friends because I like the reliability of my LEKI poles.

I havenumerous small edits for you, mostly grammatical, and after thecorrections, it will make a very nice report.. ### EDIT: Once you've added the date under the title, don't forgetto remove it here.. I have been backpacking since 2000 with my husband in the AdirondackMountains of New York State.. ###EDIT: You do need the weight of the poles, both themanufacturer's stated weight (if available, if not, state notavailable), and your measured weight.. It rained 23 of the 30 days we were hiking.. ### EDIT: I always use *the poles*. There are rockyinclines/declines and many areas of corduroy and slippery planking.I continue to use the LEKI Ultralite Makalu Titanium Trekking Poleswhenever I am day hiking or going on a backpacking trip.. We stoppedina little Manchester, Vermont store and I bought the LEKI UltraliteMakalu Titanium Trekking Poles because they were much lighter.I was at first apprehensive about going from an anti-shock LEKI poleto one without this feature.. Each pole is marked with either an R (Right hand) or L (LeftHand) at the top near the strap adjustment screw.. The tip grips enough on rock to give me balance when Ineed it with little or no slippage.. ### COMMENT: As written, it sounds like the trail name was onlyused when you were crossing water or in tricky situations.. I find it easy to adjust the length asneeded even while continuing to hike on easy stretches of trail.. Groups Sponsor --------------------~-->Great things are happening at Yahoo!

Many people have different names for trekking poles such as walking sticks, hiking poles , walking staff, walking poles , hiking sticks, and many more.. Trekking poles are mainly used to assist you with balance, stability, and support while hiking, trekking, or backpacking.. For instance, you can use trekking poles as tent poles, especially if you are using a tarp as shelter .. Pole Weight And Materials The weight of the trekking pole is extremely important and you do not want to carry around a heavy trekking pole.. Carbon fiber trekking poles weigh from 18 up to 22 ounces and aluminum trekking poles weight is between 12 up to 18 ounces.. Most trekking poles have measurement markings to help you adjust the trekking poles accordingly.. Telescopic trekking poles are ideal if you like to adjust your poles many times on your outdoor adventure.. Locking Mechanisms There are different locking mechanisms for trekking poles to help you set and lock the right length of your pole.. Pole Grips Cork pole grips will keep your hands dry especially if you have sweaty palms.. Trekking pole baskets also prevents your pole tips from getting stuck on roots and rocks.. However, expensive trekking poles do not always mean that they are the best trekking poles.. LEKI Journey Lite Antishock Trekking Pole also has a built-in 8deg positive angle which is common in LEKI grips.. LEKI Voyager Trekking Poles offers a traditional 3-section pole that is equipped with a twist-lock system.. Moreover, they also offer lightweight trekking poles and durable aluminum and carbon fiber trekking poles.. On the other hand, you can use trekking poles to ward off wild animals, use them as tent poles, and as a splint for emergency purposes.

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