After a season running around with these poles they haven't shown any significant signs of wear, besides normal scratching. They aren't super lightweight, but the pack down small and the locking system is solid. The only issue I've run into is with the powder basket. For some reason I am constantly losing the baskets, which might be more a sign of poor skiing but I had to buy two new sets this winter. I have tried everything I can think of to keep these on but I am littering the slopes with baskets.