Here is a pole drive by for ya....
My current pole collection dating back to the late '70s from right to left.
And until recently everything was still in use. No more.
Good idea, but a poor understanding and follow through on my part here:
Stripped the Scott poles again and did a 2.0 version. $2.60 for plastic top caps and .97 cents worth of foam pipe insulation from Lowe's. Foam is sliding around a bit but it is closer to the A216 Pro. Cober likely the best deal at 44 Euro. A216 Pro was close to double that.
Way easier and more simple than I first imagined. And no need for the extra pole length.
I will still use a alpine ski pole lift skiing and on the occasional short side country effort. But I'll seldom do any thing in the back country again with a typical pole no matter what you call "typical". I am convinced the "full grip" poles that I first saw as the A2.16 Pro Trailer, Mountain Pole is the only pole I'll be using in the mountains from now on.
Black Crow and Cober are doing similar "full grip" poles. I would expect someone like Dynafit, La Sportiva or even K2 (Tim you reading this?) to eventually have something similar. The design is too good to ignore.
The design is brilliant..."less is more". A LOT more. Lighter in weight, easier to use every where. Better. Simple as that.
As I teased Oscar a few times on our trip..."this pole will change your life!" I was being some what serious ;-)
Having others stop you to take pictures of and ask about your poles seemed rather unusual, even for Switzerland.
After the Haute Route Oscar bought two pair. And I bought two spare pair.
Really liked them touring..and for all the same reasons, really liked them on the steeps.