Published on September 30th, 2017 | by Greg0
Outside The City With The Leki Carbon Ti Hiking Poles
Maybe- just maybe- the temperatures in New York City and much of the East Coast have finally started to come down for good, the heat wave breaking and autumn here for real. Which means that hiking season can begin, just in time for Octoberfest and falling leaves. It’s the perfect time for a trip to Bear Mountain, a national park, or any other mountain journey that might involve some steep climbs over uneven, rocky ground. And no matter how old you are, or how spry, a little extra stability is always helpful.
That’s why you should grab a hiking pole, like the newly-updated collapsible, portable Leki Carbon Ti. The carbon in the name comes from the lower segment of the pole, made from carbon fiber, while the upper section uses aluminum- both segments are built to be lightweight but incredibly sturdy. If you’ve ever looked at trekking poles, you know you need to pay attention to a few factors- size, grip, potential attachments for snow and ice, and the all-important pack weight (here limited to a barely-noticeable 7.6 ounces). You also need to consider whether you want a single pole or to double up for more serious treks.
Leki offers a pretty wide range of options, with a whole lot of varied colors and styles, ranging from $70 or so to nearly $200. The Carbon Ti is in the upper-middle of the range, and offers their sleek rounded grip- called Aergon Thermo, which is truly comfortable in just about any conditions (including pretty hot, sweaty temperatures). One of the newer features is what they call the Speed Lock 2 height adjustment system, which allows for quick and painless modifications of the pole- handy for when you move between different elevations, as well as for when you need to start or end the hike. We liked the moisture-wicking strap, with the only downside that the Carbon Ti doesn’t pack up as small as their Micro editions.
We last checked out a couple of Leki poles a few years back, and it’s great to see that technology improves even the niche gear as well- today’s Carbon Ti is a clear improvement, in ways both subtle (grip) and obvious (weight). Certainly, there are plenty of of ways that technology encourages us to spend time inside- but here is one where it’s pushing us to enjoy the great outdoors. Available now, online and in stores, expect to spend around $175 for the Leki Carbon Ti.