Originally Posted by cstreu1026
You hit the nail on the head as I see it. Most skiers equate carbon fiber with expensive and can't comprehend spending $100 on a set of "cheap" aluminum poles. Personally I hate composite poles. The cheap ones are heavy and the expensives always seem to be "off" in terms of balance. I always loved the Scott Team Issue poles and used them for years, but in 9 years of working in a shop I can't recall selling a single pair to a regualr customer.
Actually they both are rip-offs. I was at Sears the other day and saw 100% carbon fiber pool cues for under $50. Having seen high end carbon and aluminum ski poles in person, I can tell you that this cue was several magnitudes more worthy of the price that these ski poles command; when looked at from the standpoint of material, design, and finish. But I digress, the WCers that I have seen with Leki poles, usually have a carbon/ aluminum model that I have seen only once for retail sale, the models that are
everywhere are all aluminum.