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post #31 of 34

 

 

The komperdell link is no longer valid, but a search on their site brings up some very nice poles with the saber grip.

 

I managed to get a set of used Godfathers on Amazon.  I've got a new pair on order from an outfit in Steamboat too, but they seem to be on perma-backorder.

 

Looking at the used ones, the bottom of the pole seems to be plastic.  I'm talking about the area under the basket, which is a strange mix of plastic and what looks like a zippo lighter flint for a tip.  I don't know how far past the basket the carbon pole extends.  I seem to remember somebody from this thread posting somewhere about this being flimsy (elduderino?)???

post #32 of 34

Quite a few manufacturer used the plastic ferrule for their carbon poles. Leki & Swix comes to mind.

I think the carbon pole shaft goes all the way into the ferrule. They feel really solid. No complain with durability so far (7+ years). The ferrules are usually replaceable. So are the baskets.  

 

I use couple sets of Alpina poles which are compatible with the quick change Leki baskets. Mrs. Grump uses Swix.

The Leki ferrule & quick change basket system are pretty slick. Swix uses a different set up but haven't had to mess with the Swix yet.

Looks like Komperdell also have their own ferrule & basket system.

post #33 of 34
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Originally Posted by KingGrump View Post
 

Quite a few manufacturer used the plastic ferrule for their carbon poles. Leki & Swix comes to mind.

I think the carbon pole shaft goes all the way into the ferrule. They feel really solid. No complain with durability so far (7+ years). The ferrules are usually replaceable. So are the baskets.  

 

I use couple sets of Alpina poles which are compatible with the quick change Leki baskets. Mrs. Grump uses Swix.

The Leki ferrule & quick change basket system are pretty slick. Swix uses a different set up but haven't had to mess with the Swix yet.

Looks like Komperdell also have their own ferrule & basket system.

 

As do Goode. 

post #34 of 34
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Originally Posted by SpikeDog View Post
 

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Looking at the used ones, the bottom of the pole seems to be plastic.  I'm talking about the area under the basket, which is a strange mix of plastic and what looks like a zippo lighter flint for a tip.  I don't know how far past the basket the carbon pole extends.  I seem to remember somebody from this thread posting somewhere about this being flimsy (elduderino?)???

 

Not flimsy at all as a general design;  that type of system has been used on XC poles for both alu and carbon shafts, skating and classic, for over 30 years.   Including dryland/asphalt rollerski tips, which will get banged a *lot* more than alpine snow tips. 

 

My local hill uses composite Goodes with plastic ferrules as rental poles.   

About the only thing I would really be careful of is in using them for walking props on a super cold day on a metal grating deck.    Like when using the tram at Snowbird. 

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