LOVE MY SOUL POLES!!!
Useful in summer while hiking on the mountain trails, but they really shine when on the slopes. So beautiful, they're totally a conversation starter- "Is that bamboo?"
The Soul Poles guys tell me that their '11-'12 lineup is now 'old technology'. They told me that they addressed the breaking issue and assured me the '12-'13 models have been HYDRATED to deter splitting.
Just bought mine in Jan (got the new model straight from the bamboo factory in Park City), all props, not problems- ppl lov my Soul Poles!
Now all you guys at SP have to do is start making skis ;)