Swix Triac 3.0
Swix's Triac 3.0 is an updated, exciting third generation of this very successful pole, claimed to be at least 13% lighter. It features Swix's easy-on, easy-off Triac Basket System (TBS) that requires no glue and only a few seconds for changes. New lightweight baskets now have an aluminum spike that significantly reduces the weight of the pole. The straps are interchangeable, depending on your wrist size or glove thickness and the strap material is lighter and contours better to the hand. The new strap positioning and its attachment to the top of the pole allow for better power transfer down the center of the pole instead of from the side, designed to improve performance. The SRP is $449 [US] / $499 [CDN].
Madshus Nano Carbon Race 100
The Madshus Nano Carbon Race 100 UHM'S 100% ultra-high-modulus carbon shaft delivers an unbeatable stiffness-to-weight ratio, making this pole almost feel weightless in your hand. The straps are very comfortable right out of the box, but the heat-moldable Contour Champion strap becomes even more so as it molds to the shape of your hand. Plenty of high-adhesion Velcro on the straps means that, once adjusted, they stay adjusted, whether you race five kilometres or 105 kilometres. The SRP is $295 [US] / $400 [CDN].
Yoko's 7100 poles are the manufacturer's most popular, stiff and lightweight poles made of 100% high-strength carbon fibre. Compared to the high-modulus carbon fibre used in Yoko's 8100 and 9100 poles, the 7100's high-strength carbon is stronger, more durable and longer-lasting, but not quite as stiff or lightweight as the other models. The Yoko 7100 comes with cork-wrapped grips, detachable Velcro race straps and 10mm race baskets. This ski pole is a great buy. The SRP is $150 [US] / $195 [CDN].