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post #1 of 11
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So I'm getting myself a bunch of new gear for the season (my first time, always rented before).  I've gotten my self boots and skis already, and all thats left are the poles.  The problem is I have no idea where to start so as to find a good, not too pricey pair of poles.  Anyone have any advise to offer?  What kind of poles do you like? Composite, or Al or whatever?  Just need someplace to start.

Thanks

post #2 of 11

Get the ones that look cool, are the right size, and don't cost too much. Definitely not something to stress over.

post #3 of 11

Poles are the one area of ski gear where you can economize. Just get the right length.

post #4 of 11

Start at Scott Series 4.

post #5 of 11

Make sure the shop guy calibrates them.

 

 

 

 

post #6 of 11

Get the red ones!

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post

Start at Scott Series 4.



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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Mr5150 View Post

Make sure the shop guy calibrates them.

 

 

 

 


Ski pole calibration..

 

post #9 of 11

Speaking of calibration, I've often wondered why we don't obsess about swingweight of poles like golfers do with their poles. We're hyper anal about so much else of our gear, why not poles?

 

Has anyone ever heard of people working on the balance point of their poles? Seriously, golfers obsess on this kind of stuff.

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Sinecure View Post

Speaking of calibration, I've often wondered why we don't obsess about swingweight of poles like golfers do with their poles. We're hyper anal about so much else of our gear, why not poles?

 

Has anyone ever heard of people working on the balance point of their poles? Seriously, golfers obsess on this kind of stuff.

As much as I'd like to think that poles don't really matter, I had an experience last year that convinced me that swing weight and grip most definitely matter.

 

I had Goode Carbon Fiber poles for a few years and really liked the weight and grip.  

While skiing at Copper mountain during the gathering, I noticed a woman who was skiing with JP who had "TheSki" Poles.  I approached her and offered her an even trade of her vintage poles for my Goode Carbon poles.

The story became somewhat entertaining, as I explained that her vintage poles would go with my retro outfit and that my poles were truly better for her and more valuable (with the likes of Bob Barnes, Betsy, DSloan and the gang looking on) 

 

She agreed to trade with me, and I headed for the Poma with our friends chuckling about the exchange.

 

As we gathered at the top of the Poma, this lovely lady and JP approached me and she said, "I didn't do something stupid did I?  Are my old poles worth $3000.00 or something"  Bob Barnes and JP both chuckled and said, "your old poles aren't worth anything to anyone, perhaps, except her(pointing to me)"

 

 

I skied the rest of the day with those vintage poles, with bulky grips and a miserable heavy unbalanced swing weight and I knew what I suspected all along........

Swing weight and grip structure matters to the person who's' hand fits it.

 

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*I tagged some pole options on the side of this page. 
 

 

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

As much as I'd like to think that poles don't really matter, I had an experience last year that convinced me that swing weight and grip most definitely matter.

 

 

 



 I have to agree as does Mrs5150. She loves her Scott carbon poles for the weight and the way the grips feels. Tolerates her Goode poles because they have powder baskets.

 

Me: I like the grips on my Scott 4 poles and the tips that dig into the ice as needed

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