I bought these for multi-season use and prefer the simplicity of a two-piece pole. There are lighter poles out there, but the strength to weight ratio for these pole is super. They are strong enough and stiff enough to trust every placement and flex when you need it. I have logged several hundred tough lava field miles on the Big Island and O'ahu and the only damage to date is cosmetic. The grips are comfortable even in the hot months, but will require your hands to endure a little site specific break-in time. I take the straps off in the summer and replace for gloved use. These are right in line with what I expect from BD.