At the outset, it’s important to note that we don’t typically recommend trekking poles equipped with shock-absorbing features. They’re generally heavier, and complex and don’t seem to be essential for many. For hikers looking for a bit of protection from impact when they hike, the Leki Legacy Lite AS is worth considering. These poles are equipped with the Leki’s DSS (Dynamic Suspension Systems) technology to remove some of the pain of rough terrain. This will help ease the strain on wrists and knees in long downhills. Similar to the rest of Leki’s offerings The Legacy is also lightweight at around 1 pound for each pair. They are and is well-built with high-end features like sturdy lever locks, ergonomic cork grips. They also feature toughness with an aluminum construction.
If it’s not already evident, Leki and Black Diamond dominate the market for trekking poles and Black Diamond’s Trail Pro Shock below was considered to be a contender to be a contender for this spot. What made us choose the Legacy? For starters, Leki is Leki weighs less by about 2 ounces per pair, and cheaper by around $40, and also boasts the appearance of a more expensive construction , with the mentioned Cork grips (the Trail Pro Shock uses foam). Both include more moving parts which can fail or break as time passes, and we’d recommend specific shock-absorbing poles for those who require the additional cushioning of impact. If you’ve experienced issues for a while with joint or muscle pain it’s worth considering giving the Leki Legacy Light the chance.