The Alpine Carbon Cork poles are relatively lightweight, strong, and durable. Although we think that other poles are better suited for specialized uses, the Carbon Cork is much more of an all-rounder. From three-mile day hikes to approaching alpine climbs to 200-mile treks, the Alpine Carbon cork excels in all areas. Due to their thicker than average carbon fiber construction, they're much lighter than an aluminum pole, and although not as strong, definitely comparable. One of our testers reported on having this particular set of poles for over seven years and they're still going strong. They aren't the lightest or most packable of our pole selection this year, but more than make up for these shortcomings in comfort, durability, and versatility.
While these poles don't have an anti-shock mechanism like our comfort oriented poles, the Leki Corklite DSS Anti-Shock, nearly all of our testers felt they didn't need them and after extensive testing during off trail travel, we actually appreciated the fact that they didn't have an anti-shock component. This competitor is strong enough for the roughest of trails, yet short enough to be appreciated by splitboarders and snowshoers alike. All and all, if you are willing to throw down the coin on these poles, you won't be disappointed.