/ Trekking poles for skiing?
Any help would be appreciated!
Bigger baskets are pretty much essential. Will you be skiing on piste or touring? I ask as my mate broke the tip of a carbon pole switching his bindings from ski mode to walk mode.
Sure you can use your treking poles for skiing (leki after all make both). If you are on piste then the smaller baskets are fine. Just for off piste / ski touring you need the bigger baskets. (mine came with both when I brought them some years ago).
Worth it in the long run , i will never buy a pair of twist locks again.. so so annoying in winter!
Yes thanks for the replies, ill be mainly on piste so they should be well packed down so small baskets shouldnt be too much of a problem???! Goo point that mate, thanks! Ill take a look at the black diamond twist locks.
Flatt4matt: how's your skiing? I'm an ambitious telemark ski mountaineer of a dubious skill level and still using 15 year old low, soft T2 boots. This basically means I'm rough on my poles. I've snapped a pole by sort of landing on it whilst trying to jump turn in crappy snow and bash them about quite a lot. I therefore favour meaty poles for winter, and my old 2 part Lekis do that well. I want three part for summer or walking in to winter or summer climbs where I'll put the poles in my pack whilst climbing, so have different trekking poles. Nevertheless, my current BD 3 piece poles came with both summer and snow baskets and have worked fine for snow shoeing and some piste skiing this last winter, so if you are a good skier don't see why one pair wouldn't work fine.
I use a pair of 3 piece BD flicklock trekking poles for skiing both on and off piste, have stood up fantastically to the last 3 seasons of hard use (2-3 days/week for at least 6 months of the year). Just replaced the baskets with BD's 3/4 baskets (not sure they still make these, but the powder baskets will do even better). Was also using them as summer poles until last year when I got a pair of super lightweight BD trail running poles, which are so amazing I can't put them down! I wouldn't fancy them for skiing though, they're carbon and non-adjustable, don't think they'd stand up to ski abuse.
I'd second the flicklock over twistlock, my old Leki's with twistlock seemed to collapse fairly regularly, and froze in the winter.
To the OP: with my dodgy teles I use either a pair of old alloy 2 piece BD flicklocks or on occasions my nice 3 piece carbon fibre BD flicklocks - common theme there - I found twistlocks tended to slip more and be harder to adjust, especially if stored damp for a week or two - I gather the alloy starts to oxidise and the powdery stuff then makes them slip.
I always find on piste the primary use is keeping semicontrolled boarders at a safe distance....
I too ski and tour with a pair of leki (makalu) collapsable twist lock poles with big baskets for soft snow.
They have served me fantastically well for the last 10-12 years and I've never had a problem. I am very hard on them but they haven't failed me yet.
If they ever do die I'll get another set exactly the same to replace.
ps:Sorry for the late reply but I've just read this.
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