Wel Bec, the carbon in carbon fiber is graphite, so really, it's just two words for the same thing. One is not better than the other. You can lay up the fiber in the poles in different ways though, giving the poles different characteristics. You can have anthing from the Goode poles which are very light and thin and also very flexible to fat poles like the ICE poles which are as stiff as any aluminum pole. I prefer something in the middle which is why I have Leki's composite aluminum/carbon poles. They have very low swing weight, but don't feel like noodles.