The composite shaft makes the A12 one of the lightest, strongest poles on the market. The aluminum-coated, glass-fiber skin resists slicing by spastic ski edges.
Swedish freeskier Sverre Liliequist designed this pseudo-wooden pole to look like a pool cue. It's actually a carbon-fiber composite that comes with 50-millimeter race baskets and 80-millimeter powder baskets—perfect whether your skis are Fast Eddies or Minnesota Fats.
K2 6 Speed
Black leather and chrome grips give these aggressive red poles a dash of Arnold-in-Terminator style. The lightweight, easy-flick carbon exoskeleton adds strength and performance.
A durable metal guard above the basket protects the G50 from your ski edges like a car bumper. And with a stitched leather grip that'd make Dale Junior twitter, the G50 can redline with the best of them.
Leki Carbon 12.0 Trigger S
These poles attach directly to your Leki gloves through a cord loop and hook built into the grip. The strap snaps off quickly should you get stuck in a tree or tomahawk.
Swix WTC 9-1 Carbon Plus
The swappable baskets, carbide tips, and dual-density grips all say one-pole quiver. But the powder blue and floral print say, "I ski Mauna Kea.