Mine are about 10 inches too long when they are collapsed (41 inches) but i can reccomend my Atomic Beta Carbon poles for their strength and reliabilty and ease of use. They lock up tight as hell and never slip, the baskets are easily replaceable, (twist-lock) and the grips are a grippy foam that seems to be made for bare hands as well as gloves. The foam makes them easy to hold onto with bare palms plus it insulates so the plams wont have to grip a cold handle and conduct cold from the pole to your hand. They also are easy to grip with gloves as I mostly do. This reply may sound like an advertisement but I love my atomic poles almost as much as my Beta Carv's, I never worry about them not being up to the task, (did I mention light as well?). I even lengthen them to 150 cm and skate past my freinds on the groomers who are skating on the flats using standard length poles, its a riot!
Basically any quality (important word, this "quality" I speak of) pole that is retractable is gonna kick serious ass, I am never using non-collapsible again.
Just my $0.02
edit: Oh yeah! the range of usable lengths range from 115 cm to 150 cm.
[ September 14, 2002, 08:40 PM: Message edited by: Karsten Hain ]