Rating: 5 / 5
I am surprised to see that no one else has reviewed these 14 oz sticks of perfection. Now I know they are considered heavy by alot of people out there, but overall I think these may be some of the best poles out there for all around use. From summer hiking to mountaineering to hitting the slopes at the local resort, these poles have never let me down. In the four years I have had them I can actually count on one hand the number of times they have slipped on me and I can probably credit user error for not tightening them enough each time. At first I was nervous of the carbon lowers being fragile but it did not take me long to figure out they it would take a lot of force to snap these bad boys. These days I have no issue flinging them down a rocky ravine to wait for me at the bottom when I need all four appendages for a tricky section. For the person who is looking for one pole to do it all this is def a best buy (Hell, according to Backpacker and the Life Link website Navy SEALs use these suckers so they must have something going for them). Currently I am on my second set of tips and getting ready to look into new grips. Other than that they are still good to go for years to come.
2009 Update: 1+ year later and these guys are still going strong. The locking mechanism has come loose on me a few times but cleaning the inner tube helped resolve.