Great poles, with caveats. FlickLock rocks, period. I had a pair of Adjustable Probe poles, circa '05, made in Italy, that were bombproof, period. Left 'em on the mountain last winter (sob, whimper...). Bought a pair of Traverses, made in Taiwan. Excellent poles, with one noteworthy exception: the ferrules (the things that hold the baskets) keep coming off! I use my poles year-round, for skiing, trekking, et cetera, so I don't always need the baskets. The ferrules have come off from screwing or unscrewing the baskets from the ferrules, which are now (why???) threaded. The older poles' ferrules had no threads - the baskets simply pressed on and off. Never a problem. In total, I've had five ferrule ejections by now. A couple of ferrules came off from brushy bushwhacks - baskets were in no way involved. BD tech support dude was super nice, but suggested applying epoxy when putting ferrules back on after they've come off. Thanks, but I wouldn't exactly call that standing behind the product. Oh well - judging by the reviews, I'm the only person who ever has this problem...on both Traverse and Expedition poles.