Leki are the No.1 walking and trekking pole brand in the world. They have been making the best poles in the business since 1948 and continue to push the boundaries today.
This top brand produces some of the very best, most innovative and user friendly products in their market. They combine history and engineering expertise to constantly improve their products. Always market leaders who have many potential imitators, but are never left behind by their competitors.
Leki Trekking poles are intended for walking in the hills and mountains. They improve your stability and stamina especially while climbing with a pack.
We feature a wide range of LEKI Trekking and Nordic Walking poles. These includie Micro Vario folding poles, ultralight Carbon poles telescopic vario length poles with internal Super Lock or external Speedlock for users of all sizes.
Choosing the best Leki trekking poles can be daunting when confronted with dozens of models, but by working out what type of pole user you are, combined with your size and personal preferences, it should be possible to narrow down your options to a small short-list of models.
In a later section we will talk about the different types of Leki poles available and go through the advantages and disadvantages of each type of pole.
All trekking poles, whatever their construction, style or appearance, perform the same basic functions, which are as follows:
Making an appropriate choice of model of pole that suits the size, weight, usage and preferences of the user will enable the most effective use of the poles, as well as being more pleasant to use and presenting fewer ownership issues.
There 2 main types of Leki trekking poles, Telescopic 3-Part Poles and Folding poles. Both types of poles have there advantages and disadvantages, which we will cover below.
Leki 3-Part Telescopic Poles feature adjustable middle and lower parts which are held in the length set by the user. The holding mechanisms are either internal to the sections (LEKI Classic and Super Lock) or external (Speed Lock and Speed Lock 2).
Leki Folding Poles use 4 sections for fixed length poles and 5 for variable length models. The lower two sections of the pole connect to the rest of the pole with a fixed cord. One section slides out of the upper part and is held assembled with a locking pin mechanism.
The variable length poles (which are called "Vario") have an extra section that also slides out of the upper section and is held in place at the desired length with a locking lever mechanism (Speed Lock or Speedlock 2).
Probably the main question you might ask when shopping for a new pair of trekking poles. Do I really need (or want) any form of antishock built in to my poles? The simple answer is that is solely down to your own personal preference. This technology is nothing new - Leki first introduced this system into their poles in 1982.
Some walkers, after using a pole with antishock will be converted for life and will not go back to using a pole without it; whilst some will not consider a pole that has it on principal.
You can find a great selection of poles that have this features and a great selection that don't. Like we said previous, this is all down to personal choice and just because a pole has antishock technology it does not mean it is automatically a superior or inferior pole to one that doesn't have it.
I personally use poles without the antishock system - that's just my choice at the moment, it might change on my next purchase or depending on my needs at the time.
The poles are manufactured in our own production facilities in the Czech Republic in accordance with state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly methods. Klaus Lenhart, a member of the founding family’s second generation, took over the business along with his wife Waltraud in 1984.
Combining the passion and highly-qualified employees with many many years of experience in the field, LEKI has the goal of producing unbeatable products. Combining safety and comfort with an appealing design is the top priority. The continuous exchange of ideas with experts and professional athletes helps Leki take full advantage of all different types of know-how.
1948 - Karl Lenhart created LEKI Lenhart GmbH as spin-off from his family wood processing factory. He produced wooden letters used by bakeries and butchers.
As an avid skier he started using his production facilities to manufacture handles and baskets for ski poles.
1970 - Started combining his manufacturing expertise to make a range of aluminium shafted ski poles.
1974 - Development of the Classic Locking system and production of the first, still recognisable, 3 part telescopic adjustable trekking pole.
1974 - Introduction of the Flextip which has gone on to become the worldwide standard
1982 - Introduction of Antishock spring systems.
1984 - Klaus Lenhart - Karl's youngest son - succeeds his father at the company's helm.
1993 - Introduction of Cortec grips.
2002 - Introduction of poles specifically for Nordic Walking.
2003 - Introduction of new Easy Lock System and Soft Antishock.
2009 - Aergon grips introduced with their safety release straps.
2010 - The first Speedlock external lever locking systems introduced.
2013 - Micro Stick compact folding poles introduced.
2014 - Lever locking systems for elite athletes introduced with Speedlock 2.
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