Rating: 4 / 5
I truly do love both sets of PacerPoles that i own (one pair 2-sect, and one pair 3-sect).
I can't say enough good things about them. They are one of favorite T-poles (trekking poles) to use.
I, personally, don't always choose to use them in precisely their prescribed manner depending upon the terrain that i find myself on (very rocky, uneven, when a lot of assist in balance is req'd and one is hopping/stepping from rock-to-rock instead of "walking"/"striding", and when on very steep ascents/descents, often coupled with some large step-ups which make gripping the foam area more advantageous for me), but others seem to be able to - so, perhaps, i'm just the "odd ball" here.
The above points do NOT factor into my rating, as what is said above is true of ANY T-pole or Hiking Staff.
Like the Old Scotsman says "It's better felt, than telt!". I couldn't "tell" it any better. One needs to actually try these poles, using proper PacerPole form, to "feel" the difference. I don't have the words (and y'all know i have A LOT of words!!!) to properly describe the feeling.
Here is a URL to a very long PacerPole Thread which I include here, rather than duplicate just my Posts. To include just my Posts here, would give a slanted or lop-sided view. One really needs to read others responses to my criticisms/objections to get a fuller picture and to see which way the "chips may fall" for your own specific uses.
PP cust. srv. is also *T*O*P* *N*O*T*C*H*, IMO.
So then, why do I give the PP's only a 4. Well, first, it would be and should be closer to a 4.5, but decimal values aren't allowed. I give them a 4, because of their weight. Yes, proper PP trekking form mitigates much or nearly all of this extra weight, yet at times, the way i feel that i personally am forced to use them on rare occasions as described above, their weight can be noticed as compared to a truly UL CF T-pole. The joints also can, on a rare occasion (nothing like my experience with Komperdell or REI poles, made by K., IIRC) lock up or fail to tighten. I haven't had problems with them loosening with use, but i periodically try to re-tighten them anyways - rarely have i found much movement/adjustment/tightening required.
I really wonder if minor design changes to the grip and other parts, coupled with perhaps some changes in materials used, could shave a few ounces off of their weight without affecting their performance and longevity? Don't know, but i'd like to see the PP people try it.
If I could have only one pair of T-poles or H-staffs with me, the PP's would make my short list of THREE diff sets (LL Trail Sticks and GG LightTreks being the other two pairs on the short list). At this point, I'm NOT sure which of the three i would pick - i guess, it would depend upon the terrain that i know that i would be hiking on. That would be the deciding factor for me.