The use of poles is gaining in its popularity with snowshoers. So here are a few thoughts as to why you might want to consider adding a set of poles to your purchase:
Snowshoeing poles are telescoping and can be easily adjusted to exactly meet the requirements of the user: height, terrain, snow conditions, etc.
The same telescoping feature allows the poles to be easily stored or carried when they are in the car or strapped to your pack.
Poles provide additional stability...particularly for the novice or those who are in uneven terrain.
For those who are fitness conscious...you get a nice little upper-body workout using poles!
Poles make a great prop to rest on when you get tired!
They are also a great defense for any unexpected woodland encounters!