Leki is introducing, for an August 2006 release, three new single-segment carbon fiber ski poles. The carbon 12, 10, and 8 differ slightly in shaft diameter, materials construction, and grip choice. Leki does not recommend using these poles as trekking poles (I was told of the large number of damaged aluminun poles Leki sees at the Trail Days event in Damascus, Virginia that through-hikers on the Appalachian Trail bring in. Damascus is about 450 miles from the southern end or "beginning" of the trail.) Unlike their aluminum pole which they back with a lifetime guarantee against breakage, Leki provides a much shorter guarantee for these poles. While I was unable to get a precise weight for the poles it was clear that the Carbon 12 pole I held in my mind was considerably lighter than their Mountain Unlimited or Venom Vario poles, either of which weigh between 9 and 10 ounces.
- Carbon fiber, single segment ski poles.
- Pole lengths from 110-135cm avaialbe in increments of 5cm.
- Carbon 12 and 10 feature the ergonomic grip with trigger strap; the Carbon 8 uses the Ergosoft grip with trigger strap.
- MSRP of Carbon 12 is $109.95; Carbon 10 is $89.95; Carbon 8 is $79.95.
- Avaialbe August 2006.