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Leki Mountain Lite Carbon vs BD Razor Carbon poles

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Both available about same price where I live. The former is all carbon/latter alu and carbon, but it sports the flint lock system.

Thoughts from the experts?

post #2 of 10

Far from an expert. But .02 anyway...

 

Assuming the Leki twist adjustment is the one I've used in the past few years - it is usually secure enough to ski with, but I am not a fan of using it for skinning as It is just a bit too much of a PITA for multiple adjustments in a day vs the BD flick lock which is quick & easy. I'm definitely a BD fan in that regard.

 

Also worth a look is the K2 lock jaw. Similar in principle to the BD flick lock, but IIRC it  allows tension adjustment without a tool. I have not used it, but it looks to be in the same utility zone as the BD. 

post #3 of 10

I haven't used that particular Leki pole, but I don't much like the twist-to-lock mechanism because it's difficult to operate with gloves on and is much more prone to slippage and/or locking up.  I much prefer Black Diamond's Flicklock system and have used ti for years.  The Flicklock is easy to operate and maintain because it's on the outside of the pole.  

 

If you're feeling weighed down by too much disposable income, Black Diamond makes an all-carbon adjustable pole with Flicklock:

http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/ski/ski-poles/pure-carbon

 

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys. I've never had adjustable poles, but it does seem the flint lock is the way to go. I ski a 120 cm alpine pole, the BD seems mostly to be available 115-140, think that's about right?

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Originally Posted by prickly View Post

I ski a 120 cm alpine pole, the BD seems mostly to be available 115-140, think that's about right?


That should work.  You can always cut down the lower shaft if you need them to go smaller.  

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

Tough to do if it's carbon, though.

post #7 of 10

I've cut down carbon poles with a Dremel tool cut-off wheel.  It's easy.  

 

I <heart> my Dremel tool.  Don't know if they have those there in Italy.  

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Maybe, but I think I'm better off leaving the carbon shearing to the Bob Lees of this world. I'm sure I'd end up with two poles of totally different lengths.

post #9 of 10

Heh, fair enough.  Enjoy the new poles.  

post #10 of 10
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Maybe, but I think I'm better off leaving the carbon shearing to the Bob Lees of this world. I'm sure I'd end up with two poles of totally different lengths.


With adjustable poles, I almost ALWAYS end up with two poles of different lengths.

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