I originally purchased a pair of Rosignol Experience aluminum ski poles for $30. After trying out my instructor's graphite poles, I decided shelling out more $$ for poles that were easier to swing would be a smart investment. I also noticed my Rosignol aluminum poles bent easily.
So I returned my Rosignol aluminum poles and purchased a pair of Leki poles for $90 that I thought were carbon composite. I like Leki's trigger system, which keeps the poles right where they should be and made swinging poles easier.
Anyway, in a thread down this page I realized that my poles may be aluminum. I'm not sure if they're aluminum. The price tag on my poles says""Vantage Trigger" and the pole itself say Leki Vantage, and at the top it says 18 TS 4.5 Series. So then it would seem that the pole I have is the Vantage Trigger S?
Another poster on this board said that the above poles are aluminum, but I can;'t find any info to confirm that. I thought the poles were carbon composite because the little brochure that came with the poles listed the materials used as carbon composite, but one page later lists aluminum. If anyone can make sense of this for me, that'd be great.
Assuming that my poles are aluminum, I have some questions:
1) Are these $90 aluminum Leki poles less likely to bend that $30 Rosignol Poles?
2) Would the Leki poles that are actually carbon composite or carbon be less likely to bend or break? Would they be substantially lighter?
3) In your opinion, is it worth returning the aluminum Leki poles for carbon composite/carbon poles given that they may be only $10-20 more expensive?