Rating: 5 / 5
I have the latest version of these poles and they are as expected. I added the straps and camera mount. With all options added, and the baskets on, the weight came in at 8.4 oz. A little lighter than the 8.8 oz advertised. They adjust,snug up, and loosen easily. It is very simple to take these poles apart for cleaning and maintenance. As a hardcore skier I appreciate the simplicity and fit of the straps. Just what I was looking for. The grips fit and feel better than I expected. I will not be able to field test till spring so will give those impressions later.
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UPDATE May 6th 2011
Just finished a hike and these poles performed flawlessly. I hiked solo in the Escalante area. I started going up Peekaboo slot, then overland to Early Weed Bench, down Fox Canyon to Twentyfive Mile Wash. Followed the wash to the Escalante River and then went down river to Coyote Gulch finishing by going up the Dry Fork of Coyote back to the car. A loop of some 75-80 miles in 4 days. This hike threw everything at these poles, from sand hiking to rocks, to thrashing through the thick canyon bush, to about a billion river crossings. Depending on the situ I would use or not use the straps. I found the grips great, (even though being very anal about using high end racing grips for my ski poles), I had had some misgivings on the design. They took a beating, up down or around and are so light that when you just felt like holding them along side it was painless. They never shortened by themselves, and locked and unlocked first time every time. In short I am impressed, especially as I was afraid them may prove too frail. :) Happy customer.