These poles came highly recommended by a sales associate at my REI (of course) when I told him I needed something for my upcoming Presidential Traverse hike. I tried a bunch of different poles from REI and Black Diamond, but settled on these partly because of the gentlemen’s recommendation, but also because they felt comfortable in my hands and I liked the design of the height adjustment clamps. These poles are incredibly light (feather light!), and so far, rock solid! My one complaint is the little snow baskets that are supposed to *somehow* fit securely to them come off way too easily. It’s a curious design flaw that could have been avoided. I don’t remember how the Black Diamond baskets secure to the poles but it’s gotta be better than the REI design. That being said, I still like these poles a lot and despite being some of the pricier poles on the market ($150) I’d still recommend them.