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Adjustable pole lengths

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I am hoping to do some back country & skinning in the future. My question is about adjustable poles and how long do I need them to adjust to if I normally use a 49.5" - 50" poles? A friend has a pair of Goode poles for sale that adjust to 54". Is that long enough or should they be sized like Nordic poles? Thanks!
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YMMV, but in general, ski the same length you would alpine. Most folks I know generally don't mess with adjusting the length of their poles. Having something grippy on the shafts between the lock and grip can be nice so you can hold a 'shorter' uphill pole on a longer traverse across a face. Some poles have this from the factory, you can use handlebar tape or something similar. The only time I change my pole length is going between alpine and teley (a bit shorter for teley, maybe 3-5cm, or maxing out the length if there's a long horizontal ride on flattish terrain where there's skating involved. Maxed out, they aren't as long as XC skate poles, but then skate poles wouldn't be too ideal for downhill applications. It's all a compromise, but IMHO, start out with your normal downhill length and don't overthink things too much. I

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Originally Posted by cbtbakkes View Post

I am hoping to do some back country & skinning in the future. My question is about adjustable poles and how long do I need them to adjust to if I normally use a 49.5" - 50" poles? A friend has a pair of Goode poles for sale that adjust to 54". Is that long enough or should they be sized like Nordic poles? Thanks!


Should be fine for skinning speeds.   

 

Nordic poles are sized proportional to skier height and skier /speed/ - no wai will you be going as fast as that girl on skate skis.

post #4 of 8
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It sounds like I shouldn't spend the money on these adjustable poles and I should just use my normal poles. Thanks for the help!
post #5 of 8

Actually, it's sort of counterintuitive but I find the real advantage for adjustable poles is to adjust them down, not up, which I do on steeper uphill tracks. I shorten them so that I can push down on the tops and not have my arms totally extended.  If you're not going up a fairly steep track, then this might not be much help.  

 

Also, going down steep pitches I like my poles to be somewhat shorter.  And again, YMMV.  

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What is YMMV?
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your mileage may vary

post #8 of 8
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I'm going to stick with what I have and go from there. Thanks again all.
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