Outdoor Retailer 2019

These $80 Backcountry Ski Poles Are Some of the Best You Can Buy


January 31, 2019 Sports and Outdoors By
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Key Specs:
Brand: Leki
Model: Helicon Lite Backcountry Pole
Price: $80
Availability: Fall 2019
Unique Features: EvoCon PAS grip, PA Safety System

Upshot: These lightweight HTS aluminum poles come with many of Leki’s most recent innovations, but at a reasonable pricepoint. Backcountry skiers will appreciate the EvoCon PAS grip that’s comfortable to hold both in a variety of ways, plus the strap. It’s adjustable from 110 to 145cm with the easy-to-use SpeedLock+. Once you set your height, these poles aren’t coming undone. Pair all that with a weight of just 9.4-ounces and you have a lightweight and high-performing backcountry pole.

Who It’s For: Backcountry skiers who want something that will get them down the slopes easily, but also won’t fall apart when trekking uphill.

Insight: When you’re carving new lines in the backcountry, you need your equipment to perform perfectly. From skis to poles to boots, everything must be tested under pressure to guarantee nothing will fail. Leki makes some of the best trekking, alpine and backcountry ski poles, and the new Helicon Lite Backcountry pole fits right in the family. The backcountry-specific basket works seamlessly with touring binding settings and boot buckles.

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