.....tracy--I can't BELEIVE you're saying that!--do you REALLY beleive that all laser spars are equal???You've sailed enough to know that there's quite a stiffness variable between batches and locations of build,,let alone variables of alloy quality!! Price--you cannot compare the 'off the shelf' cost between an alloy pole,and composite.--You need to factor in the 'cost' of buying an aluminum 'dud' which is too stiff/soft,,,ar the 'cost' of an alloy topsection breaking and destroying your new sail!!,,,or the 'cost' of this happening in an important race. Stiffness variables already exist....I'd suggest that the class and especially lightweight sailors would benefit from adopting a policy of accepting that wether it's alloy or composite,,,stiffness variables exist,and will persist!--If sailors acknowledge this FACT,,we could use technology to make a durable spar for once,,,and have the producers actually make various stiffness of spars available to sailors ,so that a lighter sailor can compete in a bit more windrange-this coming from a fat-guy!.....cheers!