Holidays

Essential Summer Gear Guide

by Cathay Che

STICK IT

Any old walking stick snapped off a tree might suffice for a short stroll in the woods, but for any more serious expeditions this summer—the Appalachian Trail, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Empire State Building stairs?—opt for something more technologically advanced. LEKI is the leader in the hiking pole biz, and its Tour Cor-Tec AS poles have a number of advances to make all those miles with a heavy bag on your back easier. An antishock system inside the aluminum shaft lends an extra spring that lessens wear on your shoulders and knees, and the ergonomic grips help wick away sweat. You'll really notice the difference on steep descents, when the poles help equalize your weight. And face it: That wooden stick was pretty Mesozoic.

LEKI Tour Cor-Tec AS, $99.95
LEKI
Tel: 800 255 9982

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