As a newbie to hiking, I bought these poles as one of my first big purchases. These are a decent pair of poles. You can pay more to get better features, such as shock absorption, but in my opinion, these still get the job done well. They are very lightweight, the grip is extremely comfortable (no chafing or soreness after first use of about 6 miles), and the wristbands are also very soft and comfortable. I whacked the poles against a bunch of rocks and stumps (I'm not the most graceful), but the poles showed absolutely no wear or scratches whatsoever. The switches are very easy to use and keep the poles locked into position well.
96 hour sale prices are only good on in-stock items and cannot be applied to prior purchases or combined with other promotions. Not all items from selected brands will be on clearance. Sale includes discontinued and prior season styles and colors from select brands. The code excludes GoPro, Snow/Wake/Skate brands, including Burton, Volcom, Liquid Force, Foursquare, Analog, Sessions, Oakley and others. Exclusions apply. Prices are while supplies last and are subject to change. Sale ends March 9, 2014 at 11:59pm EDT.