Guess what came in the mail today? (One of the many benefits of living in Yellowstone National Park is getting mail from Titanium Goat and BPL in two days.)
The poles seem great so far. The adjustment mechanism is quite simple and ingenious: standard plastic expanders have been swapped out for rubber pieces that are expanded slightly when the pole is screwed in. So, instead of shattering the shafts, the adjuster mechanism hangs on by sticky friction and (at least it seems to me) a bit of a vacuum effect. I put a lot of weight on the poles -- as much of my body weight as possible without both feet leaving the ground. I noticed no significant warping. Heavy side-to-side pressure made the shafts bend a bit, but this is to be expected from CF shafts, and the poles seemed far above average in terms of strength. Most importantly, the adjustment mechanism was completely solid: no slippage whatsoever.
The handles are comfy and well-glued in place. The tips are standard, a good thing for repairs and using baskets if you have some available.
Best of all, these things are LIGHT. So light. I'm almost giddy at the thought of using something so light on the trail.
I'll be taking these on a 30+ mile hike from July 4-6 -- Heart Lake, the Mt. Sheridan Summit, down to the South Boundary trail, along the Snake, and out at the South Entrance -- and I'll be sure to let everyone know how they work for me. I expect great results.
Thanks Titanium Goat!