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Leki Trigger S World Cup Ski Poles

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Can anyone tell me about this system?  The good, the bad, the indifferent.  Are they more difficult to put on?  Are they more cumbersome? Or... are they awesome? 

 

I see most of the World Cup top skiers using this pole / strap system... is it practical enough for the everyday skier?

 

My local ski shop doesn't sell Leki poles so I'm digging for advice before an online purchase.

 

Thanks,

Chris

post #2 of 20

i have them, personally i think they are great. most people don't give a crap about their poles and get the cheapest possiable, i am not one of them. love not having straps anywhere near me but still connected, not to mention, they break away, so if they get caught in a tree or anything else, no risk of injuries. also love the switching of baskets for Pow days. so if you got the cash, and don't care what other people say, buy them.

post #3 of 20

You can save a lot of money buying Leki at a discount if you become an EpicSki supporter.

 

I have the Trigger S and like it.  They attach solidly and go on/off easily.  Make sure you don't lose the strappy part, though.  They won't stay on your mittens/gloves well without your hands in them.  If you lose one, Leki will charge you a lot of money.

 

In playing around, it requires a lot of force to yank the strap from the handle.  I haven't had a real-world test, but I'd expect to wrench my arm/shoulder in the process.

post #4 of 20
I am on my 3rd pair of Leki trigger poles. I love them. Mine are the older style without the "S" loop attatchment. It has an insert tab instead. As all three pairs used the same glove strap, I have plenty of spares.

Out of curiosity, how much of a discount do I get if I am a supporter?

Rick G
post #5 of 20

I have them and love them.. I would never go back to regular poles now because of the convenience. I found it annoying to struggle to put pole straps on correctly with thick gloves after getting off the lift, now I can just click-in and go. Steep and cheap has them from time to time; I got a pair from there for fifty or sixty bucks, and other retailers have them on sale from time to time.

 

I have the version with the yellow plastic tab that gets inserted into the pole- and as someone else mentioned they are quiet difficult to get them to release by pulling on them (I have not had them release in a fall.) The poles themselves are thinner (width-wise) than most aluminum poles I have seen and overall feel very sturdy. 

 

As for putting them on, I just leave the strap on my gloves at all times and therefore I don't worry about losing them or undoing and redoing them all of the time. 

 

: )

post #6 of 20

I had the Trigger 1 (yellow clips) for 3-4 years and now have the Trigger S system and will never go back to a standard pole/wrist strap system.  I just leave the straps on my gloves all of the time so I've never dropped or lost a strap.

 

The Promotive discount can get you into a pair for much less ($70-100) than the retail price of the poles.

 

Mike

post #7 of 20

 

they rock - got them for the kids and myself. there is no going back after you have tried them.
post #8 of 20

I only ski with Leki Trigger poles, more for the convenience than anything else.  I have the Trigger 1.

post #9 of 20

I have the Venom Vario trigger S poles and love them.

 

CJ
 

PS- I was a supporter last year (and will renew soon this year) and didn't even look into getting the discounts.  How do you find them?

post #10 of 20

Promotive supporter program is new this year so you didn't miss anything.  You should get a PM following your renewal with details about how to register.

 

Mike
 

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Originally Posted by CJO View Post

I have the Venom Vario trigger S poles and love them.

 

CJ
 

PS- I was a supporter last year (and will renew soon this year) and didn't even look into getting the discounts.  How do you find them?

post #11 of 20

Awesome system.  I've just been waiting to break my current $30 Scott poles to buy new Leki's and after this weekend when I turned my SL pole into a GS pole, I think it might be time...  As soon as I go find my credit card I'm going to become a supporter!

post #12 of 20

I have been skiing with the Leki Trigger system for about 3 years now. I really love them. The new Trigger S is a real improvement over the older models. I currently use the Leki Peak Vario S Trigger Speedlock: http://www.leki.com/skiing/skiingPole.php?pID=145 for all my off piste skiing. The locking system is easy and fast to use when I want to boot pack up something. I also use the Carbon 14S poles for all my other skiiing and have them as backups. I can't say enough good things about the Trigger S System. I have had a few falls on steep stuff where I went down on the poles with enough force to pop the poles off the gloves. It worked great and nothing hurt or bent. 

 

Chris

post #13 of 20

Saturday end of the day had a nasty spill at high speeds. Caught an edge and landed hard.   Was wearing Leki WC gloves and using my freeskiing Trigger poles.   Skis popped off as they should, 9 DIN, thank-you Tyrolia, knees feel great.   Strap came undone from Leki gloves but tab did not release on right hand, coincidentally the same hand that I broke my thumb most recently.   The other hand strap came off partially and tab did release, that hand feels fine.   The non released hand, thumb is very sore, felt like I broke it again, but this time I think I only sprained it since there is no bruising and little/no swelling.   So once gain I hold that these things are more of a convenience than a safety item.  I had many many falls with traditional pole straps never had a thumb injury, two nasty falls I have with Leki Triggers (using different poles) and mangle my thumbs both times.

post #14 of 20

Come on Richie, you can't conclude from two falls that it was the Leki strap system that caused your injuries.  Until you have many many more falls with the triggers and get more thumb injuries it's still just a coincidence.  Plus you've broken the thumb and it's likely that thumb is more injury prone because of your previous fall/break.

 

Mike
 

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Saturday end of the day had a nasty spill at high speeds. Caught an edge and landed hard.   Was wearing Leki WC gloves and using my freeskiing Trigger poles.   Skis popped off as they should, 9 DIN, thank-you Tyrolia, knees feel great.   Strap came undone from Leki gloves but tab did not release on right hand, coincidentally the same hand that I broke my thumb most recently.   The other hand strap came off partially and tab did release, that hand feels fine.   The non released hand, thumb is very sore, felt like I broke it again, but this time I think I only sprained it since there is no bruising and little/no swelling.   So once gain I hold that these things are more of a convenience than a safety item.  I had many many falls with traditional pole straps never had a thumb injury, two nasty falls I have with Leki Triggers (using different poles) and mangle my thumbs both times.

post #15 of 20

True I cannot say indefinably that the Trigger poles were the reason for my injury, but I can say that they did not perform as intended twice.  100's of falls with conventional poles and never had a thumb injury two bad falls with Lekis and had thumb injuries.  Ive had crashes were I snapped carbon fiber poles and sustained no thumb injuries....coincidentally right above where I crashed Saturday, Hunter/Racers Edge

post #16 of 20

The technology in the Leki poles certainly isn't on par with that of ski bindings so it's not going to save your hand/wrist every time.  All fall are different and you've injured the same thumb twice within a relatively short period of time.

 

The most relevant part of you statement might be "two bad falls with Lekis".  The "bad" falls and previous thumb injury were likely more the "cause" of the reinjury than the poles.

 

Mike
 

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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post

True I cannot say indefinably that the Trigger poles were the reason for my injury, but I can say that they did not perform as intended twice.  100's of falls with conventional poles and never had a thumb injury two bad falls with Lekis and had thumb injuries.  Ive had crashes were I snapped carbon fiber poles and sustained no thumb injuries....coincidentally right above where I crashed Saturday, Hunter/Racers Edge

post #17 of 20

does any one no were I could get a cheap pair of trigger 1s

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post #19 of 20
awesome - except only in Canada and only in store...
post #20 of 20

If you live close to the border they will ship from store to store for free.  I bought a set last year (didn't have the guards) for $69.00.

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