Why we chose the Leki Guide Extreme V: They’re poles that manage to be both lightweight and extremely stable. The fold-down functionality and trigger grip is also excellent.
Wight: 257g / pole
Is there anything more annoying, for mountain lovers, than being out in the backcountry and feeling generally weighed down by equipment? Sure, those people always enjoy the freedom of it all but heavier than preferable equipment can, for certain individuals at least, make the experience feel slightly less than perfection; a beautiful thing undermined by a nagging ‘what if?’ itch; a mountain-set masterpiece painting tarnished by some ugly corner doodling.
If you’re a diehard backcountry skier who craves low weight, high stability, and maximum functionality then the Leki Guide Extreme V folding pole has got your name written all over it. Here’s a rundown of its features, and the various reasons why you should consider folding it up and storing it in your kit bag.
The upper pole segments are made of carbon. The lower part of it is made from high-strength aluminium. It’s a construction that makes the pole easy to wield, without an overriding sense of flimsiness coming into the mix and spoiling the party. The carbon is light and stiff, while the aluminium brings a sturdiness to the fold that will allow you to really bash your way across the hills without having to worry that your tools are going to give way on you when you need them the most.
When it comes to making innovative, elite-level poles, Leki are very much in the know. The extremely light Core Locking Device (CLD) folding pole technology here allows you to pack the product down to 42 cm in the blink of an eye. It’s a feature that’s been really well implemented and is the latest in a long line of ‘winning’ ideas from a brand that consistently delivers. The locking mechanism is intuitive to use, even for people unfamiliar with fold-down poles, while the slim lightweight construction manages to feel both highly transportable and reassuringly solid. It’s impressively done.