It appears the grip is carbon fiber since it's continuous with the shaft. Does that mean it conducts heat well? If so, could this be a problem in the cold?
Second question: is the choke grip effective?
Third question: What is with the lugs on the tops of the baskets? Is it to keep snow from sliding off?
Fourth question: Is the hook at the top of the grip grippy or slick? Grippy is good for manipulating bindings.
Fifth question: Nat's review cautions against using the poles for knocking snow off boots or...