The CT3 is a 80% Carbon-20% Fiberglass pole that is reinforced at the bottom to withstand ski edges and impact (great for mass starts). A great all-around pole, it shares the same new Pro Fit 2 strap that is used on the new CT1 & CT2. The grip is a more durable cork-filled thermoplastic, which is very comfortable and only slightly heavier. Make no mistake; the CT3 is noticeably heavier than the CT2, but still a reasonably good racing pole. Many juniors choose this pole because of its strength and price.