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New to running with poles
It is very interesting the first time you run with poles... But the first time you run up a very steep grade, the power is real. The combination of added stability and oomf uphill is completely worth any annoyance inherent to carrying sticks.
One of poles has very tight ferrules that make collapsing the pole slightly slower than the other... doesn't impact the performance really, just a workmanship/tolerances critique.
A step forward in trekking pole technology.
Simply put, these are the best poles I have ever used. They're incredibly light, compact when collapsed, and plenty strong. I primarily use them for running and recently completed a 100k with them and had basically no hand/wrist fatigue at the end. This is largely due to the "shark" attachment mechanism, which is an improvement over the old strap design in every measurable capacity. Also of note is that the tips are directional, which really helps to bite into the ground, thus increasing the effectiveness of the poles across just about every terrain. Basically I have more power with every stride because the tips let me push longer and harder without letting go. I'm incredibly pleased with these and my only concern is whether or not I should buy another pair to have on hand in case these get stolen.
There's really not much to dislike but I can point out two minor inconveniences. The first is that the color scheme is a bit loud for my taste. The second is that you need to take a second to orient the directional tips after extending the poles.