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The pollard's paintbrush poles have proven their worth to me over the past year of skiing. These poles adjust to a wide range of lengths, making them useful in the park and on the groomers. They have a lot of give to them which allows them to withstand hard impacts without snapping. The paint will chip and rub off if you put them through the ringer, but that is too be expected with nearly every ski pole. The baskets do not fall off... which has been a huge problem for me over the years. Overall, very solid ski poles and they get the job done.