Like most BCA products, the idea for our Scepter backcountry poles came from our staff. We wanted to save weight on the uptrack when breaking trail. The Scepter carbon and aluminum backcountry poles are designed for use without straps, which are included, but easily removed. The Scraper Grip allows you to scrape heavy, sticky snow off your topsheets and climbing skins "on the fly." Utility hook on front of the grip enables easy mode changes on boots and bindings.