Purchased Leki Carbon poles this season and recently noticed my glove developed a hole on the inside of the thumb. After a close look I noticed that there was a sharp edge to the 'trigger', and a bit of plastic flash sticking out on the bottom edge of the trigger, which seems to match up to the wear on the glove. I've emailed Leki that they have a simple design issue that needs to be addressed. For myself I'm just going to clean it up with a bit of sandpaper, but I wish I had noticed it before putting a hole in my good gloves. Suggest you check yours just in case -Goretex works better without holes!
Leki Poles Trigger finish issue causes glove wear
Hi Noodler, its the Trigger s, mainly just at the bottom of the moveable trigger itself. Nothing big, but a small piece of plastic flash combined with a sharp edge just hit my one glove on the edge of a seam where the fabric is most susceptible (on my other glove it hits a leather gusset so is not an issue).
Nothing you would really notice on the pole unless you were looking for it. Sort of like a burr on your ski. Easy enough to clean up w a bit of fine sandpaper, gummy stone or probably even your finger nail if its an issue -if I had done this first off I doubt I would have had any problem. Just was not even thinking about it until too late.
Easy enough for Leki to deal with at the manufacturing end if they want. I suspect they are just relying of the parts coming out of the mould clean, when in fact they should probably be tumbled to knock off the sharp bits.
If your gloves are all leather its probably a total non issue.
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Someday I'm going to splurge and get the Leki poles with the gloves. Besides the $$ outlay holding me back , I figure with my luck I have a 75% chance if I let the poles out of my sight they will be gone. Slick system for sure.
No, the wear is on my non leki glove itself from the plastic trigger. How do you like the glove compared to the glove straps by the way? I've only tried the gloves in the store and preferred the sucure feeling of the glove strap as there was a more precise feel and more direct support since you could tighten the strap. Since I'll be shopping for gloves I'd appreciate an opinion on the Leki glove vs strap.
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Wife's had two pair stolen. Apparently the glove loop is about $50, so thieves turn a nice profit stealing newish poles and then buying just the loop. BTW, she hates her S-Triggers, finds the loop quirky, too difficult to remove. I like the old plug-ins, but apparently the holes can get filled with snow, which made folks cry. The new ones are a spring loaded PITA, and haven't come off even in bad falls (so much for protecting thumbs), so we're switching to Scott, actually.
I had a Goode pole taken and needed to get new poles so decided to try Leki. I like the glove strap system so far, as the pole pivots so nicely and feels so secure since I can tighten the glove strap. Do have some concern as to what the potential injuries could be to my hand in a fall since the pole looks like it would not want to release in a rotational twisting force -it seems to be more for vertical release only. I suspect the older style leki with releasing traditional wrist strap is the safer combo as it allows you to disengage your hand from the grip. Trigger s system is nice for getting on chair lift though -no fooling around, just press trigger and you are out and then click you are back in. If the cabon leki is as bullet proof and my old Goode it should be cost effective over its lifetime (assuming they do not walk away).
That's my concern with the leki -had one fall that resulted in a very sore thumb. Don't know how exactly the thumb got wrenched, just know it did. Need to get new poles for wife and race poles for kids and I am on the fence as to the best system to go with as I think there are some safety trade offs with the trigger s. Which Scotts are you looking at?