I'm sure more expensive poles are lighter and have... 'features', but as an entry into the world of trekking poles - they're absolutely fantastic. Solid build, very comfortable to hold, reliable (pole length didn't slip out of position), easy to pack down and carry with being two-part not three. Since buying these poles I've compiled a list of hills and mountains to climb over the coming months. Normally I'd probably do two or three trips a year but the difference they make, especially on tricky descents is astonishing. Steel tips look untouched after doing Cnicht in Wales, which I'd highly recommend by-the-way. Great delivery from Amazon, on-time and well packaged. For the money, you can't go wrong. So they get 5 stars.