I love Gossamer Gear Lightrek poles. I used Leki aluminum adjustable poles for years. I resisted the move to carbon fiber for fear of duability. Reports of broken shafts made them suspect, but that seems to be a a problem of the past. I made the change and can say that the liberation of a 4.0 ounce carbon fiber pole is incredible.
I use the Lightrek 4 adjustable poles, but I think I would prefer the single peice Lightrek 3s. The simplicity of a a single piece pole is appealing. The Lightrek 4 is not short enough for convenient airline travel, nor is it short enough to store in a pack. It would be great if they were 3 peice and collapsed to a shorter length. GG are you listening?
The wrist strap/no wrist strap debate has been extensively addressed in this forum. I have become a convert to strapless poles. I like the simplicity of no straps - just grip and go. The GG Ligthtrek grips are exceptionally designed. The shape is perfect to grip at the base to effectively shorten the pole for uphill climbs or grip at the top to effectively lengthen the pole for downhill decents. They are perfectly shaped to palm for steep descent, boulder hoping, stream crossing, etc.
I have a pair of BPL Stix, but I have assigned them to alpine ski duty. They are great poles; however, I am concerned about the vulnerability of the carbon fiber tips. The Leki tip mentioned in a previous post seems like it would be a suitable solution to this weakness. I also perfer the smaller diameter of the GG poles. I really like the Stix for ski poles. I purchased mine at last year's 40% off sale.
Lightrek 3s are near the top of my wish list.