Guide To Selecting Replacment Trekking Pole Sections

With a little care and maintenance LEKI poles should give many years of trouble free use. If poles require replacement parts due to wear and tear or accidental damage LEKI maintain a policy of supplying essential parts for a minimum of ten years from the date of manufacture.

If, having read the information below, you are unable to find a match for your damaged or lost section, please email an image of the pole, showing any broken parts, to . If possible place a tape measure alongside any damaged sections to help us identify the correct part.

SKI POLES: At Open Air we don't stock any ski specific products and so we don't have any products or parts that are only used for ski poles. Some spare parts and accessories are common to trekking and ski poles, such as some of the baskets, but the majority or spare sections are not the same. To obtain parts for ski poles please see one of the many ski shops that stock LEKI products.

Sections not listed for your pole?
We stock, and list here, the sections that we get requests for reasonably regularly (at least once per year, or so!). There are many more sections available for less common poles. If your pole section is not listed we may be able to obtain it for you.

LEKI SPORT: If you have a pole that has the name LEKI SPORT in the graphics of the upper section then this pole was made by a Swiss company called LEKI SPORT. This brand is not the same as the LEKI brand and compatibility of parts between the brands is unlikely. We at Open Air have never sold the LEKI SPORT brand and so have no experience or knowledge of the products. The LEKI SPORT company closed down sometime around 2007.

Warranty Replacements
If you think your pole has failed while under warranty and was not purchased through this website, or at Open Air in Cambridge, then please consult the retailer that supplied the poles.

Identifying Your Pole

The upper section of the pole usually has all the information you need to identify your pole printed in the graphics. Look out for:

  • Titanium or Ultralight or any name ending in Lite - This identifies the pole as an Ultralight pole
  • Poles with Super in their name - This identifies the pole as made  "Standard" diameter sections
  • Locking system types such as Easy Lock (ELS), Super Lock (SLS), Speed Lock or SpeedLock 2
  • Triple Spring (TSS), Soft Antishock (SAS), Soft Antishock Lite (SAS-Lite) or Dynamic Suspension System (DSS) shock absorption systems

The maximum extension markings on adjusting sections also provide a clue to the pole type (see the "STOP MAX" printed on the pole section).

  • Maximum 125cm - Ladies Series
  • Maximum 130 or 135cm - Ultralight Aluminium poles or Carbon poles
  • Maximum 140 or 145cm - Standard poles (also known as Premium or Super)

For many years all LEKI trekking poles were called Makalu, e.g. the "Super Makalu Cortec AS" was a Standard Series trekking pole with a cork covered handle with AntiShock.
Any codes or hieroglyphics printed on the pole section are manufacturing codes and do not help us to identify the pole section.

Micro folding poles: All models of LEKI folding poles have a connecting cord that holds the parts together. To replace a broken section on these poles the cord holder needs to be released using a special tool. Within the UK this service is only available from the official trade distributor and can be arranged through the shop where the poles where purchased.

Finding your pole section on

Finding your pole section

Under the department for Spare Parts a series of filters will appear on the left of the page (If using a small screen device such as a tablet or smartphone these filters can be found by tapping Refine Selection )

Start by selecting Spare Sections under Select Part Type

Next choose under Select Position whether you require a Middle Section or a Lower Section (Most poles for which spare sections are available have three sections: The upper section with the grip, a sliding middle section and a sliding lower section which tapers and has the "Flextip" attached. If your pole has more or fewer sections please contact us for advice on availability of sections.

Then choose under Select Pole Type the type of pole you have - See above for help with this
   NOTE: Standard, Ultralite and Ladies poles use Aluminium sections.



Under Select Section Feature the range can be narrowed down by locking system type and whether the pole features Antishock

  • Antishock includes Triple Spring (TSS), Soft Antishock (SAS), Soft Antishock Lite (SAS-L) and Dynamic Suspension System (DSS)
  • Speedlock includes all types of lever locking system including Speed Lock (SL1) and Speedlock 2 (SL2)
  • Twistlock includes the internal locking systems of Classic Lock, Easy Lock (ELS) and Super Lock (SLS)


Diameter of Sections:
Most Ultralight poles announce themselves as such in their graphics. These use 12mm lower and 14mm mid sections. Standard poles (also previously known as Premium or Super) have 14mm lower sections and 16mm middle sections.

Still not sure if your pole is Standard or Ultralight? Click to see our "foolproof" method of identification.

Ultralight SuperLockSytem poles will usually have a green expander on the lower, narrowest section and a blue expander on the middle section. Standard poles have a Blue expander on the lower section and a Black one on the middle section.

Poles not shown as Ultralight are "Standard" and use 14mm lower and 16mm mid sections. SuperLockSytem Standard poles have a blue expander on the lower section and a black expander on the middle section.

NOTE: These dimensions are NOMINAL sizes and are rounded up for convenience. For the engineers out there we have measured the sizes as:
12mm = 11.6mm
14mm = 13.6mm
16mm = 15.7mm
This dimension can vary slightly due to the various finishes applied to the tubing.

Length of Sections:
The LEKI measurement for the length of the section is the dimension of the aluminium tubing part only, excluding the locking systems, antishock mechanism and Flextip. We also provide a measurement of the approximate overall length of the section (NOTE: This is approximate and can vary slightly from section to section due to the position of the locking system, wear of the tip, etc).

Poles featuring antishock often use a different length lower section to non-AS poles so if your pole says either Soft Anti Shock (SAS) or Triple Spring System (TSS) then please take care to order the appropriately sized sections.

What is supplied as part of the pole section.
All sections will be supplied as pictured complete with any locking system parts that are attached including expanders, locking levers and end sleeves. Lower sections are supplied complete with the Carbide Flextip, but without the basket which can be removed from the old section if available. New baskets can be purchased - see the Accessories section of this website.

 LEKI Speedlock 2

Speedlock 2 poles are similar to Speedlock 1, but with a silver metal collar and a smaller adjuster nut without a slot across it.

LEKI Speedlock 1



Speedlock 1 Poles use a black plastic collar with a locking lever adjusted by a slotted translucent nut.

LEKI Super Lock



Super Lock System (SLS)  most poles have this printed either near to one end of the upper section. SLS is the newer system and has replaced ELS. ELS and SLS systems are interchangeable. Certain sections will only be available in the ELS system.

LEKI Classic Lock



Classic system poles use hard plastic expanders on a pointed screw threaded stud.