Rating: 5 / 5
I absolutely love these poles. For me, these are an "American Express" piece of gear, i.e. "Don't leave home without" them. A sheer joy to use. They're so light that, at brief rehydration rest stops, it's easy to forget that they are hanging by keeper straps (not to be confused with wrist straps) from your wrists.
Their light weight allows precise pole placement (haven't experienced the "wind" issue of a prev. reviewer, but can see how a very strong wind could affect these poles). They have, perhaps, only one-half of the flex of the original LightTrek poles - a plus for many who found the extreme flex of the original poles disconcerting (after a couple of hours use, this was not an issue for me with the original poles). The lightweight, furthermore, allows for a very relaxed grip on the up/fwd swing of each pole which contributes greatly to reduced grip.forearm fatigue, making wrist straps largely unecessary - again, this feature, or lack thereof, in this case, takes just a little gettin' used to. If someone does have some type of a carpal tunnel issue, then these poles may not be for you - you prob. need wrist straps.
I'm sure that, with a little ingenuity, these poles could be retrofitted with some wrist straps (Bill Fornshell, do you copy? Over.).
Fragile??? With proper use, they are not fragile. Have over 400 miles on my original poles, ~30 miles on the "Plus" poles. Have never broken a pole. Any pole will break (or bend/yield - depending upon the mat'l used in construction) if the the pole tip is jammed b/t rocks and the pole is "levered" against the rock. The light wt. of these poles allows one to "feel" when the poles are jammed b/t rocks far easier than 17-22oz poles. This gives me a chance to pull the pole out instead of "levering" it. So, I've found it less likely that I will break one of these poles when I jam them b/t rocks (I have bent/broke several Titanal poles this way).
At ~2.7oz each w/trekking baskets, they have no competition.
An added plus for me is that at 115cm, they are the perfect length for pitching quite a few number of shelters which use trekking poles for support.
I generally don't like to give out a perfect score, and I would probably have given these poles a 4.5 or 4.75 if fractional scores were possible. Hey...there's always room for improvement, right?!! But,... for right now, I believe that they are a 5. They deliver what they promise, and then some. I can actually be pretty "nit-picky" - at times even "majoring in the minors", but as far as my use of these poles go, I have zero complaints. oh...and the price...as light on your wallet as the poles are in your hands - once again, no competition.