a bad pole for backcountry use.
i have had the red version of these for along time and used them for a few years until they let me down one too many times. thankfully my companions on an alaska glacier trip had an extra set of leki's or i would have been left without functioning poles. the locking mechanism failed. i had it fixed and it failed again and again. i have asked others about them and the universal opinion is that they suck.