EDIT: OWNER REVIEW - Leki Super Makalu Cor-Tec Poles - Trung
- Trung -
Thanks for your owner review. Before I go into my edits, I'm going to
say that a) you have the overall concept down and b) I found no
misspellings anywhere. I think you're off to a fine start.
That said (take a deep breath), I do have a number of overall
observations, plus a fair number of edits. Don't let the number of
edits discourage you - this is not at all unusual for a first Owner
Review. But do take a good look at them and do a thorough rewrite
before reposting the review to the list.
I also would like to suggest that you take advantage of our mentor
program - there are BGT volunteers available who can work with you to
answer questions and offer suggestions on your reviews and
applications, and I highly recommend this. I also encourage you to go
through the backpackgeartest.org site and read as many recent owner
reviews as you can - I found that very helpful when I first started
Here are my two general observations:
- Be sure to take another good look at the test requirements that are
available on backpackgeartest.org. Your review was missing some key
things, such as metric equivalents for all measurements, that are
explained in the requirements.
- You seem to have used the poles only a couple of times. I may have
misunderstood, or you may have only written about some representative
trips, or you may indeed have only used them a couple of times. If the
latter is true, then you may not have enough field experience yet with
these poles to write an appropriate review, and should pick another
piece of gear to review. If you have used the poles more than indicated
in your report, please expand on your field notes, or at least
summarize the number of times and locations where you used the poles.
OK - here are my specific edits. If you have questions, please feel
free to ask me and/or ask for a mentor to help you polish things up.
When you've updated your Owner Review, please repost it to the list
with the subject line beginning with "REPOST: OWNER REVIEW" and the
name of the product, and I or another editor will do a second edit for
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Leki Super Makalu Cor-Tec Positive-Angle Trekking Poles
***EDIT: Add "Owner Review:" before the product name
Name: Trung Q Le
***EDIT: add a space before "lb" here and before all other measurements
("mi", "ft', etc.) throughout the review - this improves readability
***EDIT: here and throughout the rest of the review, you've provided
only imperial/US measurements; BGT requires you to also provide metric
equivalents for every measurement you give, so please add those
throughout the review. Check out other reviews on backpackgeartest.org
if you'd like to see how that's generally handled here.
Email address: trungqle1@m...
City, State, Country: Portland, OR, USA
Backpacking Background: I have been backpacking for 10+ years, starting
California, to the dry Arizona desert and currently to the rainy Great
Northwest. I enjoy backpacking in the Oregon/Washington area of Mt.
St. Helens, Olympic National Park and Mt. Rainier. Over the years, I
backpacked in Alaska, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming,
Utah, Canada, East Africa and South Africa.
***EDIT: Remove the long lists of locations and pare this down to its
essence: information that will help a reader understand your
perspective in as succinct a statement as possible.
I generally do weekend backpacking
trips, with extended trips over long holidays. Recently, in the past
winters, I have picked up snowshoeing so that I could enjoy backpacking
round. I have progressed from a heavy 70lb backpack at the start, to a
backpack, regardless of duration. Also, I have one habit that most
odd.I backpack in sandals.
***EDIT: Add space after period and before "I backpack..." PS - not a
question for your review, but what sandals do you like to wear? I've
always been intrigued by the idea of hiking in them and like hearing
what works for others.
I have logged 1000's of miles and never sprained an
ankle or had foot problems.
***EDIT: "1000s" or - better yet - spell out "thousands"
Manufacturer: Leki USA, Inc.
Year of manufacture: 2003
Weight: 1lb, 6oz (pair)
***EDIT: no need for period after "lb" (BGT convention), add space
between number and all measurements (oz, in, etc.) throughout review.
Length: 55in (max), 33in (min)
***EDIT QUESTION: Are these the weight and lengths given by the
manufacturer? If so, label them as such. What weight and lengths did
***EDIT: Add "US" for our international readers, e.g. "US $139.95"
Mt. Hood Wilderness was the first area to test the trekking poles.
***EDIT: "...was the first area where I tested the trekking poles."
The trail was 5mi with 3800ft elevation gain.
***EDIT: once again, add spaces between numbers and "mi" or "ft" (I'll
stop noting these now - but the need for spaces continues throughout
the review, as does the need for metric equivalents)
The conditions involved intermittent
episodes of moderate rain, light gusts of wind with temperatures around
The terrain consists of down debris, rock piles and thick brush which
trekking poles through a great deal of punishment.
***EDIT: "consisted of downed debris,..." or "consisted of debris,..."
First agenda item was to lock the shafts into the desired heights.
***EDIT: "My first" or "The first"
locking system requires more rotations to lock than most other trekking
but it ensures a long lasting lock without noticeable slipping.
***EDIT QUESTION: Have you tried most other poles? If so, great -
otherwise this may be a questionable observation, and instead better
given as a number of turns or some other objective measurement.
The comfort straps has a very soft interior, so it won't chafe your
wrist, and a
very rugged exterior to handle any branches, bushes or weather that
***EDIT: "straps have" and "so they won't" or "Each comfort strap has"
and "so it won't" - in other words, reword to make consistent use of
Meanwhile, the thumb wheel on the handle allows for easy
modifications while in the field.
***EDIT QUESTION: Easy modifications of what? Perhaps explain just a
wee bit more.
The Positive Angle grips allow easy planting and pushing off on the
leads to an awkward wrist/hand position on downhills.
***EDIT SUGGESTION: "downhills" isn't uncommon usage, but it's not in
my dictionary; consider saying "downhill stretches" or something
similar here and below. Also, saying "uphill stretches" or something
similar and parallel in construction would be better earlier in the
During the downhill, to position the trekking poles to absorb some of
the downhill strain required the
wrists to be rotated in an uncomfortable position. To alleviate the
the trekking poles were rotated 180°, with the hand position on top of
handles, which effectively pointed the trekking poles downhill.
in this position, the comfort straps could not be used and the Positive
grips become unusable.
***EDIT SUGGESTION: this whole paragraph is in passive voice - consider
rewording to make it active and personal (e.g., "I rotated the trekking
poles..." and so on for each sentence)
The SAS Anti-Shock System was very useful and noticeable on the
***EDIT QUESTION: How so? What was useful, and what was noticeable?
However, the documentation that came with the trekking poles did very
explain how to turn on/off the dampening.
***EDIT: "did very little" is vague - describe what it did say, or what
you finally figured out
Also, the shocks produce a little
noise, which for some may be an annoying byproduct.
***EDIT: this is what you may have seen referred to here as
"projecting" - in other words, projecting what others might do, say or
feel (or what a product might do in the future). If it was annoying to
you, say so; otherwise, simply noting the noise is sufficient,
especially if you can describe it objectively, rather than
Next stop was Mt. St. Helens. The trip was about 7mi and 800ft
on snowshoes through alpine meadows. Conditions involved knee high
occasional ice packs and continual snow, with temperatures dipping down
***EDIT: "knee-high" (and add the aforementioned metric
equivalents...not to single this instance out, but since I was
It is in these conditions that other characteristics of the trekking
poles were revealed.
The ELS locking system, with its numerous rotations to lock, were
negotiate in the freezing temperatures. Initially twisting the trekking
to unlock/lock proved difficult with gloves due to a lack of grip.
The Carbide Flex Tip was very helpful when planting the trekking poles
in ice or
hard snow. It penetrated each surface effectively and provided a stable
footing. With the Carbide Flex Tip and the SAS Anti-Shock System,
using the trekking poles in ice proved to be easier than expected.
***EDIT SUGGESTION: the above two paragraphs contain some passive voice
- putting your observations in "I" terms might make it clearer and
stronger (e.g., "...was very helpful when I planted the trekking poles
The Interchangeable Basket System uses a threading system, where you
screw on the basket over multiple threads.
***EDIT: You can remove the use of "you" by saying, for example,
"Baskets screw on over multiple threads in the Interchangeable Basket
This reduces the chance of the
basket unknowingly falling off.
***EDIT SUGGESTION: "inadvertently" or "falling off unnoticed" would be
Also, adding the Snow Basket (a smaller
performance basket was provided with the poles) offered a great deal
flotation than the performance basket.
Over time, the Aluminum 3-piece shaft does not show any obvious wear
from constant adjusting of the trekking poles. However, at times, when
collapsing the shafts, the SAS Anti-Shock System would provide air
making it difficult to collapse completely or in a timely manner.
***EDIT SUGGESTION: This sentence is a bit awkward; consider rewording
it to make your meaning clearer
Also, there were times when the shaft would not lock, no matter how
many times the shafts
***EDIT: "...no matter how many times I rotated the shafts."
One way to resolve the problem was to disassemble the shafts and
***EDIT: "reassemble them" or "disassemble and reassemble the shafts."
1. Cork Handles allow for better grip with perspiration.
2. Vibration between each shaft is non-existent.
***EDIT QUESTION: Not sure what you mean by "between each shaft: -
could you clarify?
3. Anti-shock feature works well on downhill grades.
1. Lack of documentation regarding the Anti-Shock system.
2. Adjusting the trekking poles in cold weather proved difficult.
3. A collapsed pole is 4-6 inches longer than other trekking poles.
***EDIT: That's a rather extensive statement; all poles? Which poles?
Perhaps you might better say that the poles don't collapse down as
small as you'd prefer, and/or provide objective measurements to back up
4. Heavier than most trekking poles.
***EDIT: Ditto on the comparison; better just to say that you find them
on the heavy side.
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