excellent all-around poles
I bought these poles for a multitude of winter activities including downhill and backcountry skiing and snowshoeing. I've used them for several days of downhill skiing and was happy with the results but if you want a dedicated downhill pole, you should get a one piece pole. That being said, the poles withstood everything I dished out on the slopes with no slipping at the telescopic joint which is very strong and easy to use, even with gloves on. The poles worked well snowshoeing with the large baskets and the adjustable length was handy on different slopes. Bottom line is these are great, sturdy, all-around poles for the money. I will even use them in the summer for backpacking.