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PROBLEM / QUESTION General Care & Maintenance CHECK SOLUTION

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Always separate the poles and wipe them clean if muddy, and leave to dry out thoroughly before putting the pole back together. Users often have a reluctance to do this; please be re-assure that it is quite acceptable to pull apart the pole sections. Leki design is very simple and effective - they are designed to be very field maintainable and require no special tools to adjust or repair. The ELS is Leki's new pole locking system; it offers an improvement on the old system as it generates 400% more locking force and requires very little torque to achieve this. It is also far less likely to stick in extreme cold. The old system is still featured in the lower priced Leki poles. The SAS is Leki's new antishock system; It offers an improvement from the old Triple Spring System in that it is a true shock absorber , acting to dampen the shock during use of the poles that would otherwise be transferred to the joints of the upper body. The dampening effect is due to the inclusion of two elastomeric pads placed either side of the internal spring. The old system is still featured in the lower priced Leki poles. The plastic collar at the base of In some cases this collar can be too tight. Loosen and pull the upper the upper shaft (the one with section away from the middle section. Now… check the action of the the handle). SAS; if it is moving smoothly with no "catches", then it is the collar that is restricting it's action. Just ream the collar from the inside using the pole tip (the Carbide Flexitip) in order to stretch the collar from the inside. The plastic collar at the base of The SAS may need some time to "bed in" and should loosen with the upper shaft is not restricting frequent use. SAS action.

What is the Easy Lock System (ELS) and does it differ from the old "Classic" system? What is the Soft Antishock System (SAS) and how does it differ from the older "Triple Spring" system? SAS action is not smooth; sticks when compressed.

SAS action is not smooth; sticks when compressed.

Pole doesn't lock when twisted

Has it been oiled / lubricated? Has the expander been undone too far?

Wash with mild detergent, rinse and dry thoroughly. Pull the section out to chack the expander is not stuck against the end of its thread. Expanders should fit snugly inside the tube when reassembled to ensure enough friction against the inside of the tube to prevent it from turning. Replacement expanders are available. Pull the pole section out and check that the red "rocket" moves up the thread of the screw. Make sure you hold the plastic expanding jacket that covers it as you do this. If the rocket is stuck at the base of the thread, remove the detachable expander covering and release the rocket using pliers. Remember that the rocket is on a reverse thread ie: turn it CLOCKWISE to LOOSEN it.

Is the expander too slack?

An alternative method of releasing the rocket from the base of the thread is to place it in a cup of boiling water for about a minute; this expands the thread just enough to loosen the thread by hand. Don't burn your hands in the boiling water! Is the expander still attached? Anti-clockwise screw thread on expander so it doesn't come off by accident - If it has been unscrewed by consumer it may have worked loose and still be lodged in the covering shaft of the pole. It can usually be retrieved by pushing the pole section back into the covering shaft, turning the inner pole anti-clockwise and then pulling the pole back out so that the screw can be fully tightened. If the expander has snapped off then there may be a fault in the pole and / or the pole has been misused in some way and will need to be replaced. Are you twisting the pole in the Holding the upper section of the pole (the one with the handle on it) correct direction? twist the lower sections clockwise to tighten an lock the pole sections into place.

Shaft of pole sticking Has the inner shaft become corroded?

Separate the pole sections and rub down with a dry cloth; clean the insides of the poles with the correct Leki cleaning brush. To avoid this in the future always separate the poles to dry after use in very wet conditions. This is as important with the higher spec poles with the anodised finish even though they are far more corrosion resistant. Bends or dents in the pole sections, even if only slight, will cause them to stick. Replacement sections are available. This happens with most equipment used in extremely cold environments due to ice build up. Try tapping or flexing the poles occasionally during use to avoid ice build up and follow the advice given in the previous box. The new ELS is more effective in these kind of conditions than the classic Leki system. Strap wedge and locating pin will need to be reinserted into handle This should never happen during normal use; replacements can be purchased as spares. Consider using a rubber ferrule to extend life of tip; tip will need replacing. If you have difficulty in getting the tip off, try heating it in boiling water. The Carbide Flexitip should not come off during normal use; however, it is not glued on and is designed to come off under stress, e.g., when caught in a rock crack. This reduces the likelihood of the pole actually snapping. The tip will need replacing - make sure it is tapped on firmly on a solid surface.

Are the sections bent or dented? Was it sticking during use in extremely cold conditions?

Strap comes off

Carbide Flexitip needs replacing

Has strap become separated from handle? Has it snapped and during what kind of use? Is it used on paths and roads a lot? Did it come off during use?

Are the poles left/right handed?

Some poles are "handed" if the Right hand poles have a black dot or a "R" printed on the handle, left strap is shaped to fit one hand handed poles have a white dot or a "L" printed on the handle. The better than the other. poles themselves are not asymmetric , it is the strap that is; when the strap is correctly set for use the broad, smooth section of the strap should curve towards the right on a right handed strap and vice-versa. This is a more comfortable feel during use (less likelihood of blisters).You can change the configuration by removing the locating pin and strap wedge from the handle, and readjusting the strap before reassembly. Push the hand up though the loop, open the hand and grasp the pole handle down and over the strap. In this way the strap give the maximum amount of support through the wrist and is the most supportive and versatile way of using it. With a jug of boiling water and a vice! Try and get as much expansion as possible on the handle by placing it in boiling water for 2 minutes or more, clamp the handle in a vice and twist the pole to get it to release. There is a 2 year warranty against BREAKAGE of the pole shafts on all models sold up to 2003. Poles from the 2003/04 range have a 5 year guarantee against breakage. Please note that breakage is not the same as bending ! Leki also guarantee to hold spares for every individual model for 10 years past it date of purchase. No. This branding is used due to it's light weight association. The alloy does in fact have a small percentage of titanium in the mix; the purpose of this is to increase stiffness, compensating for the reduced diameter of the tubing used in this category. It is the reduction in shaft diameter (not thickness) that results in such a lightweight pole.

What is the correct Check that the straps are not way to use the straps twisted and that they form a smooth webbing "cup". How do you change the handle?

Is there a guarantee?

Is the Ultralight Titanium range manufactured from titanium?


				
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