Leki Diva women’s trekking poles

GearFlogger reviews the Leki Diva women's trekking poles

I think Leki originally called these trekking poles the Shiva, but they are now officially the Diva, a more appropriate name than that of a Hindu god whose nickname is The Destroyer.

The Diva poles are at the pinnacle of aluminum three-section trekking pole design. What makes them women-specific are the slightly smaller grips for smaller hands, and while the graphics are light and lively there is nothing that will turn off men or boys who want to use the Diva as well. In fact there's a lot to recommend these poles to anyone.

The Diva design incorporates antishock technology into the lower pole section, giving about 50mm of shock absorber action. The entire pole absorbs energy as well, from the flexible tips to the aluminum shaft to the cork handles. The Aergon grips are extremely comfortable, with a 15 degree cant for optimal hand position, no edges and a broad top platform for palming.

Overall the Diva swings very efficiently, packs down small and carries lightly at less than a pound for the pair. They adjust quickly with a twist, and the grip leashes will keep them attached as well as provide additional support. If you're a serious hiker who hasn't yet discovered the energy savings and speed gains from trekking poles – not to mention the safety aspect – you can't do better than the Divas: four legs are better than two!

$139.95 at REI


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