I have had my pair of Makalu Tours w/antishock for 16 years now. After going through ACL reconstruction my surgeon strongly suggested the use of trekking poles if I wished to keep on with my alpine activities. Thanks to Leki and him I have no problems keeping up with the young folk while in the mountains.I now work in the outdoor industry and one of the products I sell and recomend to customers is indeed Leki poles.Some customers recognize my passion for Leki and ask if I am part owner of the company! LOL Have even lent them out to sheep hunters and they returned unscathed.Thanks LEKI!!!!!