They may not be lite as carbon, but these poles more than make up for that with their unbelievable strength. The contoured engineering makes them so much stronger than a straight pole anterior to posterior. The poles seem to have the same strength medial to lateral as a straight pole. Grips are standard and the poles ability to telescope makes them incredibly compacts. The only thing I don't like about the poles is the locking mechanism slips a bit over long periods of time with a lot of stress. Other than that pretty standard and I love these poles.