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Scott or Leki WC GS poles

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I have a quick question
I am looking at getting new poles and was wondering if one was better then other…… I know it is just a pole but I thought I would ask
post #2 of 12
I have the Leki World Cup GS Poles.
They are beautifully made and have the Leki clip on strap system.
Some like this system, some don't.
The clip on feature is really slick if you also have the matching gloves.
Without the Leki gloves, the strap system is a bit complex.
It does allow you to remove the poles and keep the straps on your gloves if you are changing jackets between runs.
Check it out and see if you like the complexity.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
I would be using non Leki gloves,,,How does the you hand feel holding  the pole with the Leki strap....it looks like it may go over the the top of your hand...I am used to the strap going between my thumb and first finger then to the bottem of my palm
post #4 of 12
The leki strap even without the gloves is awesome. I will never go back to anything else.
post #5 of 12
Phatboy, a few years back I bought a pair of Leki GS poles. Prepare yourself for a rant. I was talked over by my coach that sell such gear and to tell you the truth it was not hard to hand over the cash for the poles. Nice and sleek. Good looking, well made and what all the pros use. Easy choise. Funky strap but hey, adjust old man. Adjust. But I never adjusted. The strap arround your wrist is not a big issue if you dont forget them at home or missplace them. That happened to me once. Was in a hurry, could not find the straps. What do I do? Luckily the shop was open and luckily they had straps for sale but it was expensive as hell. But had to have em. Next week I found the missplaced straps so now I have spares, thats good right? No. Next problem is going to be me taking two left or two right straps by accident. Get the pickture?

Also, I never adjusted to the clips. One of them is a bitt trigger happy. It pre releses LOL. We dont want that do we ;). And when I get into some kind of rush I find it hard to tangle myself out of the strap. You need to get your thumb on top but if the ski pole is twisted after you taken a fall. Happened to me a couple of times. But mostly its when you come to the lift or when you have to answere the cell phone. I boght a pair of GS ski poles for my son and botht Scott. Thats what Ive been using all along. Thats what Im buying next time. Now I just dont know what do with the Lekis I have. Ski poles are supposed to last a life time and I dont think these will let me down. Except for the strap clip. Im thinking a few years and they are giving me more problems than I want to think about.

One more thing, the new glow model has me thinking. Whats going to happen in 10y? New systems! You bet. And will there be spare parts for the old ones? Dought it. And how many options for the glowes are there?

Sorry Leki but your ski poles are not just shaping up well for me. In the mean time, I'll just keep on skiing with my Leki. And Phatboy, its not just a ski pole. Trust me. If you are a traditional guy like me stick with Scott.
post #6 of 12
Another pole worth a hard look is Komperdell. Very good quality in either alu or graphite. Nice grips, and a more conventional strap than the Leki. They have a lot of options. The 19mm 7075-T6 aluminium is a strong pole. Graphite SL pole is really nice, but expensive. I don't know anybody using Leki who has not been pleased, and Scott has always built a very reliable pole at a decent price {particularly end of season, old graphics, etc.}. Worth a look, IMO, is Komperdell.
post #7 of 12
And option #4 Exel (which Tdk6 should mention already considering he's Finn :) ). I agree pole is pole, and there's not much difference between each other, but at least those thin, orange Exel poles look nice , and they are not really all that expensive... if you can say something around 100eur is not expensive for pair of poles.
post #8 of 12
If you want a GS pole to improve aerodynamics in a tuck, then see which pole has the bend that you like best in a tuck.  There are variations in how much bend and where the bends are set. 

My own preference happens to be the Scott GS pole -- almost a SG bend really, and I like the way it fits.  The strap was not my favourite, but I got used to it because I like the pole shape so much.
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the great feedback!!! I was leaning towards the Leki but tdk6's story of forgetting the straps got me thinking....I know that would happen to me......I can get a good deal on the Scotts and when I checked them out in the shop I like the way they felt.....Scotts it is.


Thanks
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by mogulmuncher View Post

If you want a GS pole to improve aerodynamics in a tuck, then see which pole has the bend that you like best in a tuck.  There are variations in how much bend and where the bends are set. 

My own preference happens to be the Scott GS pole -- almost a SG bend really, and I like the way it fits.  The strap was not my favourite, but I got used to it because I like the pole shape so much.

x2. Alot of companys have slightly varied bends; some bend at a higher point, some at a lower, some are straighter, etc. As for comfort, I have used Swix, Leki, and Komperdell. I like Leki alot more; the bend fits well and I simply love the strap system. I have the S gloves (which don't work with my Trigger one poles), and honestly like the non Leki gloves with my poles. That damn nylon strap gets in the way every now and then, and can get uncomfortable when gripping the pole.

Muleski suggested Komperdell. Pretty good poles, and pretty hard to find, esp in stores.

As for Scott poles, can't really say much about them, aside from the lower price, which is nice if you happen to trash a pole and need to replace them. Komperdell and Leki poles can get real expensive.
post #11 of 12
The Leki straps make it VERY easy to use even without the Leki gloves.   I happen to have the Leki gloves but I also have a few other gloves, including Reusch, I just slip the straps on the gloves and they feel nearly identical to my Leki WC GS gloves.  The Leki race poles have extremely hard carbide tips and come with caps to protect them.

I have three sets of Leki poles, all of them came with two sets of straps, one actually came with three sets.  So I have 7 sets of straps.  Each pole comes with conventional looking straps (flat neon strap) as well as these more complex straps that you basically put on your gloves and then dont take off (they can stay on).  So unless you lose your gloves, I dont see how you are going to lose the straps.  I carry a few sets with me whenever I go away just as back ups...never had to rely on them. 
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post

The Leki straps make it VERY easy to use even without the Leki gloves.   I happen to have the Leki gloves but I also have a few other gloves, including Reusch, I just slip the straps on the gloves and they feel nearly identical to my Leki WC GS gloves.  The Leki race poles have extremely hard carbide tips and come with caps to protect them.

I have three sets of Leki poles, all of them came with two sets of straps, one actually came with three sets.  So I have 7 sets of straps.  Each pole comes with conventional looking straps (flat neon strap) as well as these more complex straps that you basically put on your gloves and then dont take off (they can stay on).  So unless you lose your gloves, I dont see how you are going to lose the straps.  I carry a few sets with me whenever I go away just as back ups...never had to rely on them. 

I've probably torn two or three sets of straps over the past few years from some hard skating at GS starts, but Leki replaces them under the 2 year warranty.
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