LEKI Walking Poles - Pronunciation
LEKI USA is always written in capital letters because it is an acronym.

LEKI is pronounced, "Lake-ee". LE are the first two letters of the owner's last name, Klaus Lenhart, and KI is from the location of the company, Kirchheim/Teck, Germany. This information will help you win trivia contests; we suggest you donate your winnings to your favorite Outdoor Industry Association non-profit agency.
The Legend of LEKI Walking Poles

LEKI, the world's leading manufacturer of ski, hiking and walking poles, had its start in Kircheim, Germany as a hobby of its founder, Karl Lenhart, an airframe mechanic and avid skier. Lenhart believed aluminum would make a superior ski or walking pole compared to the heavy steel models available in the late 1940's. After successfully creating light- weight poles for his friends, in 1954, LEKI became a full time business.

LEKI originated the use of nylon webbing for straps and created plastic molded grips and baskets in place of metal and leather. Additionally, LEKI developed an aluminum tempering process that produces pole shafts with incomparable strength, durability, and reliability.

In 1984, Klaus Lenhart, Karl's son, assumed leadership of LEKI and shortly thereafter developed the first dual- component grip. He is also responsible for improving adjustable pole-locking technology and grip innovations such as the Trigger "Click-In" system and COR-TEC, a material made of real cork and latex.

Development of LEKI Walking Poles
As the ski market continued to flourish, LEKI began manufacturing walking poles primarily for European mountain guides. The concept of using two walking poles as a means of relieving stress on knee joints and the lower back appealed to climbers who also saw benefits in performance and safety. LEKI walking poles eventually caught on with the general hiking and trekking population that recognized and appreciated the preventive health benefits as well as the climbing support and stabilizing effects. In 1990, LEKI USA was incorporated.

The North American market has embraced LEKI's line of alpine, Nordic, back country, mountaineering, Nordic walking, and trekking poles. Like their European counterparts who have been loyal to LEKI for nearly five decades, North American outdoor enthusiasts know and appreciate LEKI quality and value.
Leki Walking Pole Adjustment
Use the chart below when adjusting the baseline setting of your poles.
Match the corresponding number on the lower section off the walking poles to your height.

Hold the walking pole in your hand and make sure your elbow is at a 90° angle. Fine-tune the lower section setting by adjusting the middle section until your elbow is at a right angle.

The poles can be adjusted longer for downhill descents and shorter for uphill ascents.

Leki Walking Pole Height Lower Section Adjustment Table
Your height --------Approximate lower section height
4' 0" ------------------85cm
4' 2" ------------------90cm
4' 4" ------------------90cm
4' 6" ------------------95cm
4' 8" ------------------100cm
4' 10"------------------100cm
5' 0" ------------------105cm
5' 2" ------------------110cm
5' 4" ------------------115cm
5' 6" ------------------115cm
5' 8" ------------------120cm
5' 10"------------------125cm
6' 0" ------------------125cm
6' 2" ------------------130cm
6' 4" ------------------135cm

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