This is a good set of training poles, at a reasonable/competitive price. Finding poles that will last for roughly $10 per pole is a good deal, and these have worked out well.I have 20 of these poles (4 sets), and they are all still working great three years into use by a youth/touch rugby program, a U-13/U-15 boys tackle program, and both boys and girls high school rugby teams. These have held up very well, with no cracking, splitting, bending or other deformity that would make them useless. All 20 are still in service, which is a great return on my roughly $200 investment.Note that there is no spring or other twisting/torsion mitigation device on these poles. All you get is pole. These basically cannot be used as a sideline marking or stand in for a corner flag--they are not designed for this use, and doing so is a recipe for disaster.The poles are relatively flexible in that they do give somewhat. They've got a substantial bend to them, and can take player contact. The joining section between steel spike and plastic pole is very strong; the pole will fall over and pull up the ground before it will bend or break.Note also that these things have a formidable and highly shiny steel tip on the end. In my rugby club these are not called the training poles; they're called "the spears." Yes, boys and girls alike, at any age, will want to pick one of these up and see how far they can throw it, and if it'll stick when it hits. The really thick ones will throw it at a teammate. So, know before you buy that you will need to keep close watch over the kids when these poles are in use.One thing you'll need for a set of these poles is a good way to secure and move them. You can get five or ten in your hands, but that's awkward and arguably unsafe. A strong bungee at each end is good. What I found is best for all 20 of our poles is a custom strap from StrapWorks. Give them your dimensions and they'll rig an adjustable bundling strap assembly that will go around both ends, with a connecting strap, and a shoulder strap, all in one device, and for a very reasonable price . . . in your choice of strap width and/or color.Bottom line: I looked on auction sites, sports sites and other places for a long time before I bought training poles, and I bought these. They are sturdy, flexible, and hihgly durable, a good investment in your coaching equipment.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]