I personally prefur the plastic standards & cups to the wooden ones. The majority of plastics [atleast the ones that we have] are light weight, durable & can withstand everything. Never once have I seen a plastic cup break or crack, & the standards are good in all weather, we left ours in the snow for a whole winter and they're still wonderful. The problem with Wooden jumps is the paint chips, the wood can chip, they can become a slight hazard if you're jumping a plank and a peice of wood comes flying off [and those of you who think the chances of that are slim, that may be true, but i've seen it happen and it hit the rider in the back of the head which alarmed the horse with the noise it made]. Also, they need to be stored undercover. However, that depends on where you live; here in British Columbia, about 75% of the year, we have to have them stored because the rain can rot the wood & makes the paint more seseptable to peeling, as with the snow. If you're going to have to haul your standards around alot also, wooden standards can become a pain in the butt as they're not nearly as light as the plastic ones.