Originally Posted by husky291
I totally agree - IT SUCKS
It was hard enough to operate with gloves in normal conditions at home, and virtually impossible on the slopes. (much pushing and pulling frantically while trying not to stab surrounding skiers, before being launched by the chairlift, and hoping I end up with a bum on the seat and no angry people yelling at me. Even worse if the angry person ends up sitting beside me on the chair). They had to go.
So I shopped around and found a Leki dealer/shop which happened to have a pair of standard old nylon loops, but still with the clip insert.
Oh well, I figured I could just use them as a normal fully attached loop.
I was pushing thru the ski base area, on relatively flat ground - as you do.
Hands out of the loops, talking with the wife, lifes rosy. We get to the lodge and I stop to release the skis and one of the bloody straps is missing. Never found again.
So, they won't come off when you want them to, and they release when you don't.
Anyone this uncoordinated has to ask the bigger question "should I really be skiing?'
Five seasons in two and half years (with the yellow clips), no problems in any and all kinds of snow and weather (Alta powder/ Snowmass powder/ Treble Cone cement/ Oregon cement/ Amrch slush to Jan ice) brilliant design makes getting poles on and off (a frequent occurence when instructing) simple and painless, stops one breaking one's thumb in big tumbles or when it snags in a tree etc.
Occassionally blocks with snow, especially when digging oneself out of a powder hole as a result of crash but most skiers I have seen have two perfectly good ski boots to whack the handle on which dislodges the snow immediately.
New system - with loop of string, looked to me like they changed it to sell more product (ie new system must be better) as the Leki poles are so well made that they last for years (despite crashes. students skiing over them and wedging them in trees at high speed). Change rather than progess perhaps?
Leki trigger (yellow tabs)= very good idea
Leki loops = not sure, but current poles going strong so I doubt I'll need to find out.