I like the length for touring, and shorten them up for the downhill. The carbon bottom swings nicely and has enough flex to with. I'm 5'7", they have all of the range of length I need. I use them as a resort pole as well, shortening them on mogul runs where the carbon bottom really pays off. My only gripe is that I did have the bottoms release on me a few times before I tightened the screw where the lock is located. Once I fine tuned the screw, I haven't had that problem again.