The Mezza Race is designed to accompany those operating in the upper range of their relative VO2 Max. The carbon construction is light and stiff, providing a confident platform to push against whilst keeping the swing weight of the pole low. The Nordic Shark grip is ergonomic and comfortable and pairs seamlessly with the unique CC Shark Glove, which allows an experienced user to clip in and out of the pole in seconds, significantly lessening the time spent transitioning. The nordic inspired contour grip provides reliable purchase in snow and because of its trailing design, prevents the pole from being leveraged out of the snow while pushing off. For objectives or races where speed and efficiency are required, bring along the Mezza Race from Leki.
- Carbon construction is light with a comfortable swing weight.
- Nordic Shark grip is comfortable and pairs seamlessly with the CC Shark Glove.
- Contour basket helps keep the pole from being leveraged out of the snow.
- Fixed lengths design is stout and resilient to flexion, allowing for no wasted energy.
|Lengths (cm)||110, 115, 120, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 150|
||152g [130 strapless]
168g [130 w/ strap]
|Weight (pair)||304g [130 strapless]
336g [130 w/ strap]
|Basket & Tip||Contour binding with carbide tip|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||The Shark Frame strap makes for fast transitions|
|Bottom Line||Going fast|
|Compare to other Fixed Length Ski Poles|
Questions & Reviews
This past season I bought the skimo-specific Mezza model. Shaft weight and stiffness are comparable to a high-end nordic race pole (since it is of course exactly that). The cork grip extension is generously long, so works well for choking up during boot packs or ski descents, with only a trivial weight penalty. The basket is effective in any type of snow conditions.
Only minor quibble is that the length is measured to the top of the grip extension, not the top of the part of the grip where your hand actually grips. So the effective length is a couple cm or so shorter than a nordic race pole of the same advertised length.
Extra bonus points for using these with compatible Leki nordic gloves (alpine gloves have a slightly different interface), thereby foregoing the straps for both minor weight savings and massive shock & awe value.
(Durability, I’ve been using these mainly for racing, so haven’t been through extensive torture testing yet, although of course any carbon ski pole is inherently vulnerable in any non-nordic setting.)
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