Swix Team Northug Ski Poles are excellent for mass starts where poles are often subject to impact from other poles and skis. Comes with PC handle with natural cork in grip zone and the Pro Fit 2 strap in neoprene and nylon.
Great all around poles - by Peter from WI
Replaced a set of fischer RC5 poles with these northug poles. I was concerned about the lack of a quick release mechanism, the fischers have the quick click system for timely aid station stops and goo on the run during marathons, but the longer straps allow you to flip the pole out/away of your hand so a disconnect isnt necessary. Somehow this flexibility doesnt negatively affect the effortless way the pole stays in position while sking. Of course the weight and swing of these poles is far better than the RC5s, which are less than half the price of the northugs. I never felt or thought about these poles during my last marathon race, and they felt stiffer as well. For me they are ideal, but I cant compare them to a similarly priced model.