The Alpina DS 9 Max Racing Ski Poles rewards your strongest efforts.
Slip your hands into the Alpina DS 9 Max Racing Ski Poles' carbon weave Rabbit strap, hold tight on the cork grips and push your way ahead of the rest of your competitors on the open skate track. These carbon-shafted skate race poles help you push your limits. The DS 9 Max Racing Ski Poles' Tungsten carbide tips sink into early morning skate tracks with ease and the low-profile baskets eliminate the catch and drag as you ramp up for a sprint. Alpina's low modulus diamond carbon shafts maintain stiff torsional integrity, transferring every ounce of power from each push efficiently, allowing you to get the most out of your long-trained form.
These poles are great for racing. Pretty much the lightest poles I know of. Even though the baskets are miniscule, they are light and I haven't had any problems due to their size. The only thing I would change would be the straps. My previous poles had the Swix straps and were quite comfortable and easy to strap into. These straps are basically the exact opposite of Swix and somehow wrap around at the bottom of the hand which is just confusing and weird.