My name is Tanner "Tansnowman" Rosenthal. I am the creator of Panda Poles. Thank you for your interest in our product. We suggest that our customers select a pair of poles at least 2" shorter than their normal size. This is because of the way the basket strikes the ground. Not only does it his a little lower than most poles, but you don't sink in powder as much with the baskets, negating the use of a longer pole that punches in 18" every pole plant. We have a full sizing guide on our website "Buy" page, if you'd like to refer to that for more info. As for the baskets, they are patent pending "Zero Drag Powder Baskets" and are not available anywhere but through Panda Poles (unless someone is infringing on our patent that we don't know about). We do plan to make the baskets work for other poles in the future, but that may be a couple years out. We still need to buy new molds and collaborate with other pole companies to create adapters for the various pole brands (Goode, Leki, Scott, etc.). If you'd like to try a pair of Pandas out, you can grab a pair for free demo at Twin Peaks Rental and Repair in Cottonwood Heights (3436 E 7800 S Unit B--twinpeaksutah.com) and we will be bringing more stock in today.
Thanks again for your stoke and we look forward to getting some Pandas in your paws!