Gear Review: LEKI Spitfire Vario 3D Adjustable Ski Poles

Martin Kuprianowicz | | Gear ReviewGear Review

After I got my LEKI Spitfire Vario adjustable ski poles, the first thing I did was ski Main Chute at Alta Ski Area in the last week of November 2021. I immediately noticed how light, easy to swing around, and well constructed they were.

With its variable length of 110 to 140 cm, you are immediately safely on the go in any terrain and can very easily adjust it, even with thick gloves, thanks to the Speed Lock + adjustment system. LEKI also completely revamped its showcase Freeride pole this year by giving it a 270-degree trigger release strap designed by German engineers to protect you in the event of an avalanche or nasty fall. The new Trigger 3D System offers more control through a direct connection between the gloves and poles. In addition, the ease of use has been improved for quick, simple click in and out and a larger release range through an innovative, three-dimensional triggering in which the triggering spectrum has been expanded four times.

Testing out the Spitfire Varios in Main Chute at Alta Ski Area, UT. | Photo courtesy of SnowBrains
Series Unisex
Construction Vario
Grip Trigger 3D (Pro G)
Adapter Trigger 3D Cap
Strap Trigger (Frame Strap)
Segments 2-pieces
Tube diameter 16|14 mm
Shaft material Aluminum (HTS 6.5)
Adjustment system Speed Lock +
Basket Alpine (Alpine)
Touring | Backcountry (Big Mountain)
Tip Flex Tip (Long)
Extra Trigger 3D Stöcke
Length / Size 110 – 140 cm Infinitely adjustable
Adjustment area 110 – 140 cm
Weight 289 g / Unit
Spitfire Vario 3D. | Photo courtesy of LEKI

Personal experience with the Spitfire Vario 3Ds

I love how easily I can change the length of these poles. It can be absolutely freezing and pounding snow or ice, and they will still open and adjust on command. I used to hassle so badly with my old adjustable ski poles to get them to open they got cold or neglected for a while, but the Spitfire Varios are consistent. The straps are a fun but comfortable design and come right off when you apply too much force—but not anytime else. These will be my daily resort and backcountry ski poles this season.

Purchase LEKI Vario Spitfire 3D Poles.

LEKI Vario Spitfire 3D. | Photo courtesy of SnowBrains


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2 thoughts on “Gear Review: LEKI Spitfire Vario 3D Adjustable Ski Poles

  1. Thanks for the review. Can the poles be made any smaller than 110cm, to make then easier to pack & store, or is 110cm the absolute smallest they shrink to?

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