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Street Price: $140
Pros: Nice grips, strong mechanism.
Cons: Doesn't collapse very small.
Best Uses: Backpacking, trekking, hiking.
This is our top scoring shock-absorbing pole and second overall only to the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork. While overall we prefer the Black Diamond, these poles scored so close that if you really like the grip and the shock absorber on the Leki, you should go with the it (both poles are the same price). We liked the Leki better than the Black Diamond Contour Elliptic shock pole. The Contour Ellipitic is a little more durable but most folks will find the handles on the Aergon more comfy. If you are just looking for a solid value in a pole, get the Black Diamond Trail Back, which is about half the price.
The Corklite Aergon Anitshock is a great all around pole for trekking, hiking, and backpacking. They had the nicest grips of all the poles we tested. We liked both the ergonomics as well as the cork handles. We also liked the large rounded top that all Leki poles we tested had. It was a fantastic feature for people (myself included) who like to palm the tops of the poles. The last few years Leki has been moving away from the twist lock and started using their SpeedLock system, similar to the Black Diamond FlickLock. This system is both more durable and easier to use than the previous Leki twist lock closure. The Leki Corklite Aergon Antishock SpeedLock (Whew, that's a mouthful) use a combination of the SpeedLock for the upper sections and a twist lock for the lower sections to accommodate the antishock.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The Corklite Aergon Antishock has our favorite handle in the review. The rest of the Leki poles we tested have the same super comfortable handles. The Leki poles in general have awesome ergonomics and the cork broke into the shape of our hand. The cork grip didn't change quite as much as the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork but the Aergon felt better initially and only improved with time. We also loved the top of the handles that have a large rounded surface that was fantastic for palming the top of the poles like a cane. The SpeedLock mechanism on this and all the Leki poles works very well. It was reliably easy to adjust the tension and was pleasant to open and close even with thinner gloves on. The Leki system was almost as easy as our favorite closure system, the Black Diamond FlickLock. The Aergon Anitshock features an upper SpeedLock and lower twist lock. They do this because of the shock absorption mechanism. We were happy with the durability of the Leki poles, both for the shafts and the closure mechanism.
The Leki Corklite Aergon Anitshock SpeedLock at 27 inches was among the least packable trekking poles in our review, making it less that ideal for climbers or backpackers who have to carry their poles on their pack. At 19 ounces they are one of the heavier poles in general but one of the lighter poles with a shock absorbing mechanism.
These are ideal for backpackers, trekkers, and hikers. For folks looking for anti-shock, Leki along with Black Diamond have some of the nicer models available.
At a $140 the Corklite Aergon Anitshock SpeedLock trekking poles are among the more expensive poles in our review but the same price as poles with similar features.
— Ian Nicholson
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