"My boyfriend and I made the trek up Mt. Evans yesterday, and I have to tell you those trekking poles made all the difference! We love them. They helped tremendously especially on the back face of the mountain. We were climbing straight up the side. The little points on the end helped me the most when digging into the soil and when hoisting myself up on the large rocks. I like that they lock in two places because once in a while one or the other of the locks would get pushed out of the lock position and the other lock would hold. These poles are super sturdy but lightweight. I would recommend them to anyone who hikes. I would give them a 1000 star rating if I could. We actually said to each other over and over how much we loved them. They are fantastic."