You have made a good first effort here. Though I have quite a few
edits for you, the form of the review is generally good. One
preliminary remark, however. We customarily abbreviate the units of
measure, but I am unaware of any requirement to do so, provided that
the report is internally consistent in this regard.
It is unnecessary to capitalize them, as they are not proper nouns. I
haven't marked every instance, but please go through and change the
case, except in the one instance where I have indicated that upper
case is correct.
Also lacking from the owner review is an important and required
section, indicating the conditions under which the poles have been
used. You touch on this, but not comprehensively. My way is not the
only way to do it, but I'm quoting below the statement from one of my
ORs. All of this information should be included in the review.
"I have used the Raven in winter in the Catskills and Adirondack
Mountains primarily, at temperatures down to -15 F (8 C) or a bit
below (and up to or even a little above freezing), at elevations to
4500 ft (1372 m). It has been used exclusively under icy or snowy
conditions, on steep terrain."
In the case of the Makalus, you might cover the range of weather a
little further, for rain, etc.
A few things you don't touch on are the carbide tips, which should be
discussed--what sort of wear do these show, and have you had to change
them? Do yours have the anti-shock mechanism? If not, please state; if
so, talk about that.Do you use both snow and trekking baskets? If so,
you might want to talk about changing the baskets, and the merits (or
otherwise) of each.
BGT OR Editor
> LEKI Makalu Titanium Trekking Poles
### EDIT: This should be
Owner Review LEKI Makalu Titanium Trekking Poles
Review date: Date: 2 November 2006
> Name: Dawn Opland
> Age: 30
> Gender: Female
> Height: 5'5"
### EDIT: For consistency with the other units expressed in this
review, this should be
Height: 5 foot 5 inches
### EDIT: lower-case m (and lowercase initial letter on units
> Weight: 120 Pounds (54 Kilograms)
> Email: dawn.opland@...
> City, State, Country: Hudson, WI, United States
> Date: 02 November 2006
### EDIT: Remove date from here as it is now at the head
> Backpacking Background: I've been backpacking for six years, some
weeklong trips, but
> mostly shorter weekend trips. I like to pack light, but am not an
ultralight diehard. I have
> climbed mountains in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica.
I recently moved to
> Wisconsin from Maine and now my weekend trips are in terrain
consisting of rolling hills
> with flat sections interspersed. This December I will be traveling
to Tanzania to hike
> Kilimanjaro with a friend and have plans to backpack across Isle
Royale next August.
### COMMENT: I generally advise against listing specific trips, as
this review will be read long after you have made them, at which point
this will no longer be a valid statement of fact. What I would like
here is an approximate pack-weight for a typical trip, before food and
> Manufacturer: LEKI
> Leki USA, Inc.
> 458 Sonwil Drive
> Buffalo, NY 14225
> Tel: 716-683-1022
> Fax: 716-683-1296
> E-Mail: service@...
> Year of Manufacture: 2003
> URL: www.leki.com
> MSRP: 99.95/pair
### EDIT: MSRP: US$99.95/pair
I have a query. I didn't look very hard, but I didn't see MSRPs on
LEKI's site. If this is a retailer price, please omit and say simply
MSRP: n/a. Otherwise, keep as is (with the edit).
> Listed Weight: 16.6 ounces/pair (471 grams/pair)
> Weight as delivered: 16.0 ounces/pair (454 grams/pair)
> Length (measured from the tip):
> 50.0 inches fully extended (127 Centimeters)
> 24.0 inches collapsed (61 Centimeters)
> Poles are black with silver lettering and a red stripe running along
### EDIT: I'm not clear what you mean here by 3-sides. Could you
clarify the language slightly? The hyphen between 3 and sides is not
required, and arguably, a pole of circular form does not have sides. I
think probably just "...and three red stripes running along the sides
of the top section." suffices.
of the top
> section. The baskets are 2"
### EDIT: 2 inches (and cm conversion, please)
diameter and made of black plastic. The foam grips are also
> black with a cork "cap" that houses the wrist strap adjustment. The
wrist strap is made of
> black nylon with a soft fleece material sewn onto the side that
## EDIT: We generally avoid the use of "you," your," etc., as
projecting the writer's experience on the reader. "...on the side that
touches my skin."
> poles arrive with minimal packaging; the wrist straps are looped
together and a plastic clip
> holds the tip ends together
### EDIT: add "when received" for clarity
. My poles also came with a tiny LEKI carabineer
### EDIT: carabiner or karabiner is correct.
> for climbing purposes).
> The sections are extended and collapsed by twisting each section at
the "hub" and then
> pulling or pushing the loosened section to lengthen or shorten to
the desired height. You
> can get a more detailed explanation
### EDIT: A more detailed explanation of LEKI's internal tightening
mechanism may be found by visiting their website. [avoids "you"]
behind LEKI's internal tightening mechanism by
> visiting their website.
> Wrist straps are adjusted by pulling the tiny "plug" out from the
top of the handgrips, now
> the straps are free and the slack can be adjusted to suit your
preference. If you enjoy year
> round hiking you'll likely be adjusting your straps twice a year,
once in the winter to
> accommodate your gloves and then again in the spring for your wrists
### EDIT: Please reword the previous sentences to put this in terms of
your experience, not the hypothetical "you."
> be difficult to get the plug out of the handgrip without using a pliers.
> I have been using my LEKI poles for the past 3-years
### EDIT: three years
, mostly in the granite Appalachian
> Mountains in Maine. The poles are in great shape despite the rough
terrain. The only area
> of the poles showing much sign of wear are the plastic baskets,
which I will probably
> replace within the next two years. I continue to be impressed with
the foam grips, they
> are not disintegrating and do not leave black residue on my hands
(I've had this happen
### COMMENT: Maybe " (I've had this happen with other brands of pole).
Don't specify the brand or style though; we don't do "shootout" reviews.
> My only complaint is that I've had issues adjusting the length
during winter snowshoeing
> hikes. In temperatures below 10-degrees Fahrenheit (-12 Celsius)
### COMMENT: caps for Fahrenheit and Celsius are right and proper, as
they are named for Messrs. Fahrenheit and Celsius!
the pole sections do
> not loosen or tighten as well as in the summertime. Speaking of
cold temperatures, you
> can adjust the pole's length with gloves on, but it's much easier to
just use your bare
### EDIT: Lose the yous, please! <g>--that rhymes.
I've seen some newer poles by Black Diamond that use an external
> mechanism that may interest anyone who does a lot of hiking in cold
### EDIT: Because of the "shootout" factor, please discard this last
sentence, or just state that you have seen poles with such an external
mechanism that may work better. Actually, I do a lot of winter
mountaineering (Catskills, Dacks, and occasionally Whites) and I have
never had too many issues the Leki locking mechanism. The BD Flicklock
mechanism *is* better, but the "Binary" mechanism found on the lower
section of some of their poles is a trifle awkward at the best of
times, and impossible in winter.
> Another consideration for uses would be as a tent pole. Some
ultralight shelters are
> propped up using tent poles. I have never tried this, but it is
something to consider if
> you're looking for a way to reduce your pack weight.
### EDIT: All perfectly correct, and indeed I was using my poles in
this manner on Saturday might. The issue is that you haven't done
this. You can get away with the first two sentences as a simple
statement of fact but things go awry around "I have never tried this."
Better to say "I have never tried this, but it might be something I
would consider for reducing my pack weight." [If indeed it is].
> In summary, these poles are fairly light at 16 ounces and a bargain
for the manufacturer's
> price of $99.95/pair.
### EDIT: See query as per price above.
They have never inadvertently collapsed on me during ascent/
> descent and are still in great shape after years of use.
> Buy them for:
> 1. Low price for their weight
> 2. Durability
> Not so hot:
> 1. Reliability of locking mechanism in cold temperatures
> 2. Wrist straps could be easier to adjust