If you've heard of DPS, you probably know them for their highly acclaimed progressively-shaped carbon fiber skis. Building on that success, the ski company has ventured into the realm of ski poles with a bold offering. Their adjustable Nori Poles weigh a mere 255 grams each. By comparison, a Black Diamond's Traverse Pole weighs 295 grams and the difference is immediately noticeable. Their upper and lower shafts are made of Tital and carbon fiber, respectively, which creates a remarkable combination of stiffness and strength without compromise to weight. The poles have marked lengths between 105 and 140 cm and measure under 100 cm when fully collapsed.
They also sport a rubber race grip that's a first for the product category as far as we can tell. The Noris feature adjustable Velcro straps and ship with sets of black and white powder baskets for additional customization (and for when you lose the first set). While it's pretty easy to view poles with indifference, as both an in- or out-of-bounds skier it's hard to go wrong with these when it comes to weight and performance. Here's to hoping there's a model with self-arresting capabilities around the corner.
A video from DPS that takes a closer look at the poles: