Hybrid Touring Pole
LEKI Helicon

If you’re primarily an out-of-bounds rider who likes to spend some time getting after it at the resort, LEKI’s Helicon is a reasonable midpoint between the durability benefits of an aluminum pole while keeping things a bit lighter than the Black Diamond Traverse listed above.

They accomplish this at an appreciable price, though it must be noted that they tend to be a little more prone to bending than other aluminum options. If you do happen to bend your poles a bit, they’re relatively malleable and can be bent back into working order with a little bit of careful pressure.

We think this is a great hybrid option because it offers you some of the rigidity of an alpine pole, and all the features of a dedicated touring option without an absurd price tag. They’re capable of handling the type of aggressive riding people tend to do on the resort, without breaking your heart or bank if they end up breaking themselves.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.1

Things we like:

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    Affordable ski pole with all of the features of a fleshed out touring option
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    Aluminum build gives a little bit more rigidity than lightweight alternatives

Things we don't like:

  • check-markHybrid sometimes means it doesn’t do things as well as a dedicated version of either a touring ski or a downhill ski would

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LEKI Helicon

Specs & Features

  • 16mm/14mm aluminum adjustable shaft
  • Carbide tips
  • Foam and hard plastic grip with extended choke-up texture on the shaft
  • Well-constructed security strap
  • SL+ Adjustment system
  • Rigid edge binding baskets for riser adjustments

Related Reviews

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.1

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Affordable ski pole with all of the features of a fleshed out touring option
  • check-mark
    Aluminum build gives a little bit more rigidity than lightweight alternatives

Things we don't like:

  • check-markHybrid sometimes means it doesn’t do things as well as a dedicated version of either a touring ski or a downhill ski would

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