(Reno, NV) So, you’re just skiing along and your pole snags on something and you feel your arm pull back, twisting your wrist and torquing your shoulder. Or, you don't use your straps at all, lose your grip on your pole and have to hike back up hill to retrieve the renegade pole. Maybe you're just one of those who skiers who never really liked using the traditional ski pole straps. We’ve all been there with traditional ski poles that have been around forever.

Having worked in a handful of ski shops over the years, I’ve had this discussion with skiers from the novice to the industry pro. One memorable conversation was with a heart surgeon who was on vacation, looking for a new gear setup. His concern with the traditional ski pole strap was the scenario described above. If he twisted his wrist, or snagged his pole on a branch, damaging his hand, it was potentially career-altering. Enter the LEKI Trigger S Grip with their patented safety release. It only took me 10 seconds to convince this surgeon that this was the pole for him.

Improving upon the LEKI Trigger S, the LEKI Trigger 3D touts a 220º release angle, making this easier to use and reducing risk of injury, instilling even more confidence than the previous version.

Heaven knows I’ve had a long sordid love affair with my old beaten up poles with a traditional wrist strap, but as someone who was hard-pressed to loosen the grip on my old beloved poles, I started using LEKI World Cup TBS Airfoil poles a few years ago and eventually transitioned to the LEKI Carbon 14S Trigger S for its light swing weight. I will never look back. In fact, I have acquired a quiver of LEKI gloves to accompany the poles. (Don't judge).


Speaking of gloves, all LEKI Trigger poles include straps to use gloves that you already own (seen with Rossignol gloves in image), but once you experience a LEKI brand glove, you’ll be glad you did. These gloves have the integrated Trigger Loop that works seamlessly with the Trigger S and Trigger 3D pole grips. More importantly, they are some of the most comfortable gloves and mittens you’ll own with top tier materials, warmth, and durability that rival leaders in the glove market.

I was skiing with a friend who did not have LEKI poles but was skiing in a pair of LEKI gloves. When I asked her why she didn’t have the poles, she informed me that she bought the gloves because she liked the quality and fit, but was intrigued by my poles. I swapped poles with her for a run so she could give them a try. On the next lift ride she called a local shop and purchased her own set of LEKI Trigger poles.

Let‘s face it, you don’t have to be concerned about a career-altering injury to enjoy the convenience of this technology. You can ski with the peace of mind that the your pole stays with you when you when you’re ripping up the slopes, and releases when you find yourself in that tricky situation. So why not pull the trigger on the ski pole system that surgeons and World Cup racers put their faith in? We have. That is why LEKI is the official pole of SkiTalk.com.