With a little care and maintenance LEKI poles should give many years of trouble free use.
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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.
We do not offer a postal maintenance service because we have found the cost of postage makes this prohibitively expensive compared to the cost of the spare parts.
Most LEKI poles are designed to be easily maintained without the need for special tools or workshop facilities. Many products are supplied with instructions for their use. Where necessary we supply additional instructions that we have created from the knowledge of our staff, these are available either on this website, or are supplied with orders for that product.
As well as the information below we also have a general Frequently Asked Questions page on all aspects of LEKI Trekking and Nordic Walking Poles: FAQ
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.
LEKI have used four locking systems on adjustable length poles:
The earliest adjustable locking system that LEKI used on trekking poles. It is simple, durable and very effective. This system featured on poles in the LEKI range up to 2015
The hard plastic expander screws on to a threaded alloy spike which pushes the sides of the expander out to grip the inside of the tube.
The expanders are very durable, but can wear down after many years of regular use meaning more effort has to be put in to tightening the pole. If the inside of a pole section has corroded, with a build up of lots of white oxide powder then obtaining a Brush Set to clean this off is likely to be more effective than new expanders alone.
Most poles have two expanders with the middle and lower section of the pole being different sizes. Standard and Ultralight poles use different sizes of expanders so be sure to identify your pole type before ordering.
Super Lock System (SLS), and the earlier almost identical Easy Lock System (ELS), uses a two part expander system with an inner wingnut (also sometimes known as a "Rocket" due to its shape) and an outer soft plastic expander. The expander is pushed out against the insides of the pole tube by the wingnut travelling up the threaded centre screw. The thread used is much finer than the thread of the Classic system which, in combination with the softer expander means the pole can be locked firmly in place without much effort being used. This is of real benefit for cold or weak hands.
The expanders, being softer, do wear a little quicker than the Clasic expanders, but they should still last many years. Old expanders can easily be pulled of thanks to the split down one side. It is easiest to simply push the new expander down on to the screw from the top.
The central screw is fixed in to place and cannot be unscrewed from its mount in the end of the pole section. If the locking system no longer functions due to the thread on the red plastic wingnut having been stripped (usually due to corrosion or over tightening) a repair is possible with a Split Wingnut Rocket Repair. This repair is a little fiddly, but the only other option is complete new pole section.
Speedlock is the name LEKI give to their external locking systems due to the reduced time it takes to adjust the length on a pole compared to their internal twist locking systems.
In the original Speedlock (or Speedlock 1) the external lever is used to clamp the external plastic collar on to the section inside the collar. This is unlike other external lever locking systems which clamp the aluminium tube on to the next section with the tube having a split near its end (this results in a lower holding force because the stiff aluminium tube has to be squashed inwards).
Speedlock 1 levers can be replaced if they have become damaged. Care should be taken to get the correct size of lever as a too-short lever will not stay locked and too- long levers will stick out when closed and not sit flush with the collar.
The Speedlock 2 external lever locking system features an enhanced alloy locking collar. This allows the locking system to produce a higher holding force. It was developed due to the demands of more athletic adjustable pole users, such as mountain runners and Elite Nordic Walkers, for a quick external locking sytem that would hold even during their more agressive pole use. The original Speedlock systems will hold a minimum of 75kg which is more than enough for any trekking user (and is 50% greather than most rival makes); Speedlock 2 holds a minimum of 95kg.
Speedlock 2 levers can be replaced. Care should be taken when identifying the Speedlock version; the levers are not interchangeable.
A Speedlock 1 section can be clamped by a Speedlock 2 mechanism and vice versa if this is found necassary during a trip or if a section is not available for an old pole.
One of the great benefits of owning LEKI poles is the availability of spare parts. Replacement sections can be obtained for all new telescoping trekking and Nordic Walking poles for a minimum of ten years following their purchase. Sometimes much longer than that.
Determining the correct, or nearest compatible, pole section for any particular pole is not always straightforward, particularly with older poles because LEKI used to call all their trekking poles Makalu! Also any number or heiroglyphics on the pole sections are there for batch numbering or quality control and do not identify the part.
To help when looking for replacement sections we have produced a separate step-by-step guide.
The Flextip is your point of contact with terra firma. Its function is why you are using poles for walking and is often neglected.
The sharp, hollow pointed, tip on the LEKI Flextip is made from tungsten carbide, one of the hardest substances known, but even this can become chipped or worn, especially after long mileage walking on roads or paved surfaces.
Flextips are named as such due to their ability to flex by up to 30 degrees if stuck in a crack or under a tree root. This means the end of the pole is much less likely to become damaged in normal use. If the Flextip is bent beyond 30 degrees it may break off, but this usually still results in no damage to the lower pole section. The Flextips can then easily be replaced.
Old Flextips are removed by immersing the end of the pole, up to the top of the Flextip, in hot water for a minute or so. It will usually be possible to pull of the flextip after wrapping it in a cloth. Some poles, due to their surface finish, have the Flextip glued in to place; removal is the same process, just with hotter water for a little longer, sometimes also utilising a pair of locking grips and a hammer.
New Flextips are held on by the inside exactly matching the taper of the pole section. The tip should just be firmly tapped on to solid ground (choose your surface carefully; new flextips are very sharp and will take a chunk out of tiled floors!). If the old Flextip was glued into place then a small amount of epoxy glue such as Araldite will be necessary.
This is the most asked question we get when people are unsure about the spare parts they need to order. The difference between a Standard pole and an Ultralight pole is in the diameter of the sections used. There is only a 2mm difference between the two types of poles, but this makes a significant difference with the sizes of parts required.
If you are not sure if your pole is Standard or Ultralight, Click to see our "foolproof" method of identification.
If you think your pole has failed while under warranty and was not purchased through this website, www.openair.co.uk or at Open Air in Cambridge, then please consult the retailer that supplied the poles.