ext2478501 wrote a review of Soul Poles Original Soul Pole on June 28, 2012
Useful in summer while hiking on the mountain trails, but they really shine when on the slopes. So beautiful, they're totally a conversation starter- "Is that bamboo?"
The Soul Poles guys tell me that their '11-'12 lineup is now 'old technology'. They told me that they addressed the breaking issue and assured me the '12-'13 models have been HYDRATED to deter splitting.
Just bought mine in Jan (got the new model straight from the bamboo factory in Park City), all props, not problems- ppl lov my Soul Poles!
Now all you guys at SP have to do is start making skis ;)