Anyway, in the US, chrome refers to a plating. The outer surface is pure chromium. Lupit told me that it was some special method that "pulled the chrome to the surface of an alloy without any nickel in it". It was a plating that wasn’t through electroplating? This is a big part of my confusion.
Then, they went on to say that it wouldn’t scratch or wear down, either, on top of being hypoallergenic.
I’m terribly curious, though I want to respect their rights to trade secrets in creating this unique product. But I do wonder:
Is it pure chromium on the outside? That shouldn’t be possible if it’s wear and scratch resistant, unless it’s an alloy with, perhaps, just a high amount of chromium rather than being pure chromium on the outside. Would that count as just another type of stainless steel, then? In my research, I’ve run across a term: Chromium steel. It’s hard to find more information about this, but it’s an alloy. Could this be what it is?
I messaged Lupit this question, and here’s there reply:
"Lupit Pole has developed the technology which brings the Chrome finish to the surface of the steel alloy which does not contain any Nickel. So Lupit Pole Chrome poles are 100% Nickel FREE!!! LP Chrome poles are allergy-free and 100% chipping free poles with amazing grip.
"You must understand that the details of the technology are our top-secret and the most valuable asset. The mechanical and chemical treatment of the surface removes most of the other elements from the final layer. Beside Chromium, there are also very little quantities of elements like Iron, Titanium, Niobium, Manganese, and others.
"This material with such a finish is very stable and resistant to environmental and other chemical influences. We tested it in salty water, acids and it simply does not affect it. The results were actually better than stainless steel 304 we use for our poles."
From this message I can conclude that the Chrome pole is likely an alloy that is just extremely high in Chromium. This is a detail, and probably not a functional difference in terms of utility, but it’s important to get the facts straight.
So, how does it hold up to a practical test? I ran two tests, in two different climates. One in an extremely dry climate (Colorado), and one in the bay area of California. Colorado, at this time, is a bit cold, but so in California except with more humidity.
Here's a video of me going through the unboxing, install, and photoshoot, with the resulting images below.
I'll include a TLDR if you would rather just read about my impressions at the bottom.