The Rossignol Carbon 30 Cross-Country Poles are a lightweight pole suited for racing or training. The 30% Carbon Shaft makes the pole ultralight, rigid and strong. The combination Rubber/Natural Cork Grip combines the sturdiness of rubber with the light weight of natural cork. That combination plus the Ergonomic Race Straps give you a pole strong enough to last the demands of training but light enough to use in a race. On the bottom, the Carbon 30 has a Large Racing Basket and a Carbide Tip.