I really like these poles. These shafts seem a little fat but that is not a problem. I never felt them flex or vibrate when skiing. The loose end of the straps sticks straight up which gets a little annoying when you are taking a break but when skiing it doesn't bother you. For some reason when I got them at rei they were $14. i really am not sure why they were so cheap but i'm not complaining. The price is cheap, the quality is defiantly not.