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Komperdell Schnaps Poles

post #1 of 8
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As I'm finishing my gear acquisition, I'm currently in the market for a pole.

While researching the topic, I think I finally came across a real winner, the Schnaps

www.komperdell.com/en/poles/alpin/big_mountain/144_9401_02.php


I see often advice here to go shorter on poles but clearly its not the case here, in which seems pretty clear that longer is better indeed.

I'm in doubt if I buy this one or wait for a jaegermeister special edition
post #2 of 8

Poles really don't matter that much. Pick up the cheapest pair you can find that fits and spend the extra money on something that will actually help your skiing like a pair of intuitions or some new skins.

 

Maybe try any of these. Solid poles for unbelievable prices:

 

http://skiuniverse.com/categories/Ski-Poles/?sort=featured&page=2

 

I bought two pairs and they look great. Hard to beat 10$ poles.

post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by esales09 View Post

Poles really don't matter that much. Pick up the cheapest pair you can find that fits and spend the extra money on something that will actually help your skiing like a pair of intuitions or some new skins.

Maybe try any of these. Solid poles for unbelievable prices:

http://skiuniverse.com/categories/Ski-Poles/?sort=featured&page=2

I bought two pairs and they look great. Hard to beat 10$ poles.


Poles do matter. If you don't have the right size, it will change how you ski. Racers tend to ski with longer poles to help with the start, but how much it helps is debatable. Recreational skiers do better with shorter poles.

This past season I did a bit of research and demoing and will be skiing this season with poles that are 4 inches shorter than I have been using. I'm not saying buy poles 4 inches shorter than you need; I'm saying my were four inches too long.

Through my research I found that during the past when folks were on longer skis with less side cut, they needed longer ski poles. That is no longer the case.

I do agree that spending big money on ski poles isn't necessary and the funds are better spent elsewhere, as long as the poles are the correct size.

To the OP, I didn't look at the link but the brand is good. I haven't used them but my daughter has a set.

You might be able to get more guidance if you tell us what the poles are for; i.e. park, trees, race, groomers etc.

If you have an opportunity on a good deal of adjustable poles, you might want to try those to figure out the correct size for your style of skiing.

Have fun,
Ken
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Guys

 

You did notice that this pole has a unique feature that you dont find in other poles, right? That will "help" you with your turns, as stated in their website.

 

To L&AirC, if I buy this pole, I intend to use it in Poland or Russia, as their vodka is something else
 

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Guys

 

You did notice that this pole has a unique feature that you dont find in other poles, right? That will "help" you with your turns, as stated in their website.

 

To L&AirC, if I buy this pole, I intend to use it in Poland or Russia, as their vodka is something else
 

 

 

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Doh! I suppose I should have checked the link out first.  If a longer pole holds more, go longer. 

post #6 of 8
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You did notice that this pole has a unique feature that you dont find in other poles, right? That will "help" you with your turns, as stated in their website.

 

To L&AirC, if I buy this pole, I intend to use it in Poland or Russia, as their vodka is something else
 

HA! I totally missed that. That is genius. I still feel like a nice flask would accomplish the same goal for much less money fwiw.

 

 

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Poles do matter.

You missed my point. I know the pole needs to fit for what you are planning on doing with it. Its like pants, they need to fit with your style of skiing. Park rats arent going to want size medium pants just like they dont want my regular length gs poles... IMO no matter who you are, poles will not improve your skiing unless you had the wrong size before. Thats why I buy the cheapest poles I can get my hands on.

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by esales09 View Post

HA! I totally missed that. That is genius. I still feel like a nice flask would accomplish the same goal for much less money fwiw.

 

 

You missed my point. I know the pole needs to fit for what you are planning on doing with it. Its like pants, they need to fit with your style of skiing. Park rats arent going to want size medium pants just like they dont want my regular length gs poles... IMO no matter who you are, poles will not improve your skiing unless you had the wrong size before. Thats why I buy the cheapest poles I can get my hands on.

 

Looks like we agree.  I just didn't get that out of your first post.

 

One of my friends that is a great skier gets his poles from the dump.  If they don't fit, they become tomato sticks in his garden.  Can't get cheaper than that.

post #8 of 8

Once a year, the Austrian ski club shows up for their annual race.  Hans is there with his shot poles, pouring shots as we try to setup the course.  Last season, I asked one of the regular racers if he was a member of the club... "No way!  I can't keep up with the way those old guys drink!"

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