The Micro Stick is No Longer Available as of 2017Although the Micro Stick was unknown to me prior to testing it for this review, I have a long history with Leki poles and have used many different models in the past for skiing and trekking. Leki is perhaps the largest specialty pole manufacturer in the world with nearly 100 different models for a wide range of sports. In the ultralight trekking department, however, Leki seems to have fallen slightly behind Black Diamond in terms of engineering and innovation.
At 500g (17.6 ounces) per pair (120cm), the Micro Stick is within 65g of Leki's very lightest trekking pole, the Carbon 4, a carbon telescoping model that doesn't collapse below 55cms. The Micro Stick is the shortest collapsed pole in Leki's range, measuring 39cm packed length. The first thing one notices about the Micro Stick is that it's comparatively heavy — almost twice the weight of the Black Diamond Ultra Distance. This is not surprising given the fact that the Leki pole diameter is larger and is made of aluminum rather than carbon. But I am surprised that Leki didn't make a more concerted effort to create a truly ultralight pole with this, their most portable, model.