I know stock varies store to store, but the Costco in Superior CO regularly carries a decent set of Cascade Mountain poles. It's a good, lightweight set - carbon fiber, cork grips, and a variety of tips for whatever style you like. I see them posted on their Web site for $70 but I definitely didn't pay that much, I think it was around $40-50 when I got them. If you wait for them to be in the store (and your store carries them locally) it's a good deal.
They don't bend and they're super sturdy - I also use them for my tent. Just know the length-adjustment-clamps are plastic and those can be broken. Found that out when I left one in the back of my truck before picking up a load of firewood rounds. Oops.
Slugz, I’ve been using Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro trek poles last couple years. I think I bought mine thru Scheels, but I’m sure you can get them directly being the company is out of Golden. The set is slightly over a pound in weight. I liked the price ($75-$80). They collapse and are adjustable.
So all that being said. I DQed the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork due to all the negative reviews of clips breaking
BEST 26"-27" - Casacde Mountain Tech / S and S Archery CL Back Country due to similar price and features ( 100$) NEXT BEST 26"-27" - Black Diamond Trail Ergo (125$) due to slightly higher price and weight
BEST 3 piece Collapsible - Black diamond Distance Z (100$)
Ferrari AWARD - LEKI Micro Vario. Lots of little gucci items on this one. Bending flex tips have saved many a pole for me from breaking.
Short short list.
Cascade Mountain Tech, S and S Archery CL Backcountry
Black Diamond Distance Z , LEKI Micro Vario
Next up do I want a 3 piece collapsible ( 15-17") or full length 3 piece ( 26")
I knocked 2oz out of my hiking poles by removing the wrist straps. I don't think it's that big of a deal - I don't really notice the weight difference. It was just to get them out of the way (they annoy me). But just saying...
S&S Archery CL Backcountry is a great option. I bought them last year and have zero regrets so far. Only used them for 12 days or so, but it was a very hard 12 days. Great group of guys there too in my opinion