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Anyone use Leki trigger poles?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
I am looking at getting some new poles and was looking at the Leki Trigger design.

Can anyone comment on if they like this design or is it just an anoyance to use.
post #2 of 27
I used to use them and I really liked them, they are really easy, but I'm too cheap to buy their race poles so I use scotts instead.
post #3 of 27
I have a pair of the Viper Trigger that I use about half the time. I like 'em a lot. the only hassle, and it's a VERY minor one, is if you happen to get soft snow inside the socket that the wrist strap plugs into (while your wrist strap isn't plugged in, of course). but that's easy to fix with a whack on the boot cuff.

the balance is perfect with the racerboy disc baskets. but with big snowflake baskets they get a bit end-heavy.
post #4 of 27
I just used my new ones for the first time this weekend. I must admit that the Trigger is very nice. (Give cgeib credit for getting me lusting after them when we skied together in November.)

The only issue that I found this first time was that I have a habit of resting on the grips of my poles. Using the full-wrap trigger straps, it wasn't really possible to do that. I may try the regular straps at some point to see how that goes.
post #5 of 27
Been using them for a few years. Love them.

My only complaint is that after several seasons, I tweaked my old style spring-loaded adjustables at the end of last year. Used some new "twist" adjustables last week and they made me crazy - kept "shrinking". Never once had a problem with the old ones.

Back to the triggers - I and most of my family love them. I will, however, second the warning about getting snow or ice into the mechanism...
post #6 of 27
I just got mine from Sporting Life. They were on sale for $109.99. I love them. Amazing design and grip. Go ahead, you won't regret.
post #7 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone! I think I will get myself a pair.
post #8 of 27
On Sale for $109.99 I got mine for about $49.99 by the way i love them and as gonzo said flower basket make the swing a bit awkward. same comment for snow in trgger still I give them a big thumbs up
post #9 of 27
Forgot to mention. Price was in CAD. Not the best deal out there, but I'm trying not to think about the money.
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by gene126
I am looking at getting some new poles and was looking at the Leki Trigger design.

Can anyone comment on if they like this design or is it just an anoyance to use.
I've been using them for about 5 years. Love the design. The Leki grip feels good to me, and the swing feels natural. They make clicking out and clicking in almost instantaneous while you are getting on and off lifts; and I am never the one everyone else is waiting on while fiddling with pole straps.

As someone else mentioned, the only downside is when the trigger socket gets packed with snow/ice, you can't click in. This part doesn't bother me very much because the pole grips feel as natural even without trigger engagement. I can't say the same for standard strapped poles, since I grip the poles differently depending if I am using the straps or not.
post #11 of 27
I've used them and loved them, but unfortunately they do have some minor problems. The most obvious is getting snow/ice in the socket, but it is usually a fixable with a good hit to the boot. The only other problem that I had was that they have a tendancy to fly off during high speed wrecks. I appreciate that they separate from the poles, but the actual straps that go on my hands also flew off on more than 1 ocasion; regardless of how tightly I put them on. As a result I have now lost all of the straps for my ski poles

I don't think you'll have a problem with them if you don't go too fast and crash. (50+) If you do, consider tying them on with a piece of string so that you don't have to try to find them (or buy new straps like I have too).
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by spindrift
My only complaint is that after several seasons, I tweaked my old style spring-loaded adjustables at the end of last year. Used some new "twist" adjustables last week and they made me crazy - kept "shrinking". Never once had a problem with the old ones.
Have you figured out what's causing this? I've had it happen, then it stopped. But, I don't know when it might occur, again! :
post #13 of 27
No idea. They are the adjustable Al/Carbon hybrids. I've only used them a few days and had one or the other shaft shift a couple times a day. I tend to push on them quite a bit while "skating", so that may have some impact??

If it sorted itself out for you, I'll use them for a while and see. I just loved the old style push-button-springy ones. Beat the heck out of them over several seasons and never once had an issue - until a goofy fall where I tweaked the very upper end of one pole. By far they were the most comfortable & most durable poles I've used (others were std aluminum). As noted before, I find the trigger mechanism very handy. Agree with others that weight & balance are super nice too.

Oh, spare tips, baskets, etc are handy and easily installed on the Leki poles.
post #14 of 27
Just to pipe in to say I use them to...once you use the trigger you never want to go back to straps.
post #15 of 27
Thread Starter 
How do the price of Leki poles compare to others, such as Scott or Goode?

Also, how are pole lengths measure. Tip to top of grip, tip to bottom of grip, ???
post #16 of 27
OK, so these Leki trigger poles sound pretty good. Being a total gear whore, I'm thinking to myself that I want to check these out. Sooooo, which model do you guys use? Only my buddy gonzo mentioned that he uses the Viper. C'mon, quit holding out.
post #17 of 27
I'm using the Leki Full Spectrum ELS Carbon Trigger Pole. As I mentioned above, I'm a bit concerned that the locking mechanism on this new model seems to slip a bit every so often. If ssh is right & that settles down, I'll be as happy as can be. Follow the EpicSki site link to backcountry.com to find them. Buy them there through the link and EpicSki gets a cut.

I don't see it on that site, but I believe they make a non-adjustable hybrid pole as well - in fact I think that's the one gonzo is using.

If you are a true gear whore, you'll probably be in hog heaven with either one.

BTW - my old version lasted me at least twice as long as any other pole I've used, so in true gear whore fashion, I've convinced myself they are almost a break-even proposition cost-wise
post #18 of 27
I got some last season and found them great when I wanted to wave my hands around like some lunatic to a group of students... as I do!

In addition to the problem described, I sometimes had problems after rain when the temperature dropped. The water inside seemed to freeze and no amount of bashing would get that trigger to hold.
post #19 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Coach13
OK, so these Leki trigger poles sound pretty good. Being a total gear whore, I'm thinking to myself that I want to check these out. Sooooo, which model do you guys use? Only my buddy gonzo mentioned that he uses the Viper. C'mon, quit holding out.
My whole family is on Leki's. My wife is using their top of the line composites, which she swears by. I prefer aluminum, because they are less flexy, and I tend to use my poles for a lot of other activities, like banging the snow from my boots, poling, etc. They also end up a lot of times being markers of an impromptu course in clinics. So they get skied into and fell on top of A LOT.

I have two pairs, both world cup aluminums. Day in and day out, I use the 5 yr old pair, which has a kinck for every time a student or colleague slid into them. The paint is half scrapped off, and they look abused. Yet, the trigger release mechanism still works flawlessly. I have a new pair, which I only use on dress-up days.
post #20 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by ssh
Have you figured out what's causing this? I've had it happen, then it stopped. But, I don't know when it might occur, again! :
the telescoping BC poles with twist-ring adjustment are prone to shrinkage under use.

flicklocks are more secure.
post #21 of 27
Gonzo, I also have the Full Spectrum Carb Trigger (ELS), and most of the alpine and backcountry models are now ELS. I don't see any flicklocks in their current line-up, but didn't go through the entire list. I have written to them to see if there are "secrets" to getting them to lock more securely.
post #22 of 27
http://www.backcountry.com/store/LEK...ml?id=y5x85GtA

I couldn't find the trigger version of the Full Spectrum Carb. I have been DYING for this pole. I own the Vision Ventrix Carb, and I absolutely love it. I want this pole for BC, and off-piste.

James
post #23 of 27
James, where do you live? If you're having a hard time finding them, drop me a PM...
post #24 of 27
I have a pair I can let go for $50. Like new.
post #25 of 27
PM'd

James
post #26 of 27
Leki Viper Poles

Same as these.

50" 125 CM

Tape is on them to protect against ski cuts.

2 years old. Skied about 10 days.

Leki Pole Pictures:





post #27 of 27
For anyone out there who needs replacement parts for their triggers, I have two pair of trigger grips with both the regular straps, and the wrap around glove setup. PM me if interested.
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