No. It's true it's not ecomonic, but it isn't out of stupidity that most kids gladly pay the money for "cool" poles.
The fact is rental poles look like dick and some of us have enough money to waste $30 to look good. On top of that we like to support our fave companies... Likewise I buy Line hoodies, beanies, etc... not because they're cheap, but because I genuinely like Line Skis and hope their business grows and succeeds. I mean $30 vs $5 and you get too keep them forever... $25 difference... dude you can't even go out to eat with that much money.
definitely hit up lines poles...i havent snapped my pins yet after a full season and usually i go through 3 pairs a season because i dont like to let go of my poles when i fall. those poles hold up like no other
1.get free poles as mentioned earlier
2.paint poles, change grips if desired, make look good
I've said it 100 times before, I use to love line going back before the ghetto blasters, bought a pair of polls 2 years ago 1st day 2nd run, clean snap-and my edges were anything but sharp-both the shop and line wouldnt do anything about it....not worth the 50+ bucks
get a pair of scot punishers- mine have been beat to hell over the past 5 years and they eat up every second of it.