When is the production year?
W R F This is the new 2012 and accepts all the latest and new pole tips, though the regular street rubber push on protector tips go for a very reasonable price and are easily found at major sporting good stores. Those are what we use over the carbide tips that come with the poles and fit many other Black Diamond brands.. Purchased the extra inserted rubber tip as well. Easy to change out. The elliptical carbon design adds strength and quietness to these light poles. Grip has a palm heel and easily adjustable straps. Easy to lock and size. Very sturdy and we love it. Will definitely buy another pair for family members. Great buy at this site and worth every penny.