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Leki adjustable ski poles: Peak Vario vs Venom Vario?

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I wonder if anyone out there has experience with the durability of these poles.  After not having broken a pole in over 25 years, I decided to buy the Leki Peak Vario poles a year ago (I got a decent deal on them).  I love the Trigger S grip, and I have only played around with the adjustability a little bit.  The problem is that I have broken the carbon fiber shaft on 2 poles during the past year.  Leki replaced them under warranty and was generous enough to upgrade me to the Venom Vario.  I admit that I am a little 'pole shy' of the carbon fiber -- it seems that this material and I do not get along well... 

 

SO, does anyone know if the shaft of the Venom is more durable?  I am contemplateing selling them while new and buying a pair of Leki aluminum poles.

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I do not own the Venom, but from what I have read (I am thinking of getting a pair), they used kevlar along with the carbon fiber to reinforce the shaft. As far as my knowledge of materials goes, kevlar will add some toughness, increase vibration damping, and make the shaft less brittle.

 

BTW, if you would like to sell it, give me a shout (maks1975@hotmail.com) 

post #3 of 8

Don't know how the two compare, but I have the Venom for a year and haven't broken it yet!  However, I'm also not that hard on poles.

 

CJ

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Originally Posted by MaxR View Post

I do not own the Venom, but from what I have read (I am thinking of getting a pair), they used kevlar along with the carbon fiber to reinforce the shaft. As far as my knowledge of materials goes, kevlar will add some toughness, increase vibration damping, and make the shaft less brittle.

 

BTW, if you would like to sell it, give me a shout (maks1975@hotmail.com) 


I actually would like to sell them -- I decided that I just like aluminum poles better.  I would be willing to sell them for $125, including shipping to the lower 48.

 

post #5 of 8

I gotta ask - exactly how did you break a carbon pole - twice even?  My experience is that you can bend them pretty far before they actually snap.  I love that they bend, don't break (generally), and don't stay bent like aluminum (which you can never really straighten back out perfectly).

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1)  The first time out with them, while shuffling forward to get on the lift, my friend accidentally stepped on the tip (hard!) and snapped the lower shaft just above the basket.

 

2)  Took a bad head-over-heels-fall later in the season.  I don't know how it happened, but when the 'dust' settled both poles were uphill of me with half of the lower shaft of one pole even further up the hill (my skis stayed on).

post #7 of 8

 

HI Bob,

 

Don't get me wrong, I was not trying to get the price down. $125 is fine with me as long as the poles are in 'as new' condition and are the current model (I think they have changed the grip design slightly so that its safety release feature works better). 

 

Please send any future e-mails to my hotmail address (maks1975@hotmail.com) as I am only allowed to send two PM on ES now.

Thanks for the link BTW, the poles they have on sale are the last (2009_2010) year model, and I was looking for the one with updated grip. Yours look like the 2010-2011, so if you tell me that they are in "as new" condition,- then we have a deal. 

 

Cheers,

 

Max. 

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No worries, Max -- they appear 'as new' to me. 

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