I've had these poles for well over a season now and they are still going strong. The only "problem" I've had is that the locking mechanism begins to slip after a while, but thats not really a problem because a quater turn of a screwdriver remedies the problem completely. The powder baskets are awesome, the wrist straps are ergonomic (at least compared to standard pole straps) and comfortable, and the second grip below the handle is extremely handy for any sort of sidehilling or bootpacking. NOt the lightest carbon poles I'm sure, but they're definitely not heavy either. I would definitely recommend these poles to anyone looking for a good adjustable pole.