Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Leki’s Micro Vario Carbon DSS Trekking Pole

Leki Micro Vario Carbon Lady DSS: $219.95  The Good: Unbelievably light and quick to assemble and break down. The Bad: The grips gave us hot spots after a full of trekking. The Specific: The Micro Vario Carbons come in women’s specific, differing in color and size. The LEKI Micro Varios are a feather light, pleasant surprise. We’ve always known LEKI to have twist mechanisms to lock the poles into place…a pain in the ass at times. But these Micro Varios have both a clip lock and a push botton lock, both of which are easy to use and incredible quick. The poles lock in place in just a matter of seconds. Simply unfold, pull to lock the bottom half, and unclip, adjust, and reclip for the upper. Clearly, Our tester wasn’t pulling hard enough when it took her a solid 5 minutes to get these poles to lock in place. The Speedlock 2 and push button release mechanism on these poles put them on a new level of efficiency…once you know what you’re doing. IMG_5035 At 230 grams/pair, the Micro Varios are incredibly lightweight yet solid as they are made with carbon fiber. They definitely took a bit of abuse as we hiked 10+ miles on a rocky trail. When the trail became more of jungle with over grown brush, the break down of the poles was quick, convenient, and easily stowed in the side pocket of the pack. A huge bonus for those times when poles become more of a hinderance than help. The Dynamic Suspension System reduced pole shock and vibration so by the time you get back to the car, your hands and arms are still fully functional. IMG_5347 The only issue our tester mentioned was hot spots forming on her hands after a days worth of trekking. The size of Aergon Thermo foam grips on the Vario Carbon Lady’s are smaller to be more specific to women, however if you have larger hands you may want to consider going with the unisex version.