Hey - all you folks you bought Leki poles with trigger S back in 2011-12 --
-- do you still like them?
-- do you like the model you got?
-- carbon, carbon composite, aluminum?
-- slalom vs. speed grip?
-- what the heck is a cobra basket? a carbide flextip?
I've got Leki poles of about 2008-9 vintage, with the original (plastic tongue) trigger. The basket is small, and basically worthless for anything other than hardpack. I think they're racing poles. I got them along with new skis back then -- this was three pairs of skis ago. At the place where I bought those skis, they promised free poles with purchase of skis. These Lekis were the only ones my size, so they gave them to me for free. I must have given it 20 seconds of thought at the time, since they were free, and were priced higher than the cheap ones they had wanted to give me. Nevertheless, I've liked them a lot over the years: they're lightweight and have a thin diameter. I also like the clip-on feature, compared to a strap. But one negative is that when I've unclipped, the plastic tongue is between my pole grip and my glove, and is a distraction. Also, sometimes snow gets packed into the part where the tongue goes in, making it hard to insert.
So, I heard about the new (newer) trigger S, and now am wondering whether it's worth it to upgrade. But to which model? I agree with the comments that the Leki website doesn't go into very detailed descriptions of the various features.
Your thoughts welcome. Thanks.