I'm trying to figure out what size poles to get for my little one when she's ready for them, potentially later this season. I've consulted various online charts, such a this one, which suggests that a 41-inch kid should have 34-inch poles. Even if I subtract 3 inches for the pole tips, skis and boots, that leaves a pole that comes to a place only 10 inches below the top of the head. I'd say that's shoulder height, as opposed to the conventional elbow height.
If I measure my little one from floor to hand held at 90-degrees, which should be the same as the elbow, I get something like 24 inches. Allowing for tip and such, I think she would fit the smallest poles I can find, 28-inchers at Level 9. They, however, suggest those poles for kids 31 to 33 inches tall.
I'm stuck in this 6-inch discrepancy between the charts and my measurement.
Is there some conventional wisdom that I missed that says that kids need proportionally longer poles?