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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

Anyone skiing with the "modern" bamboo poles out there? I'm interested but curious about the feel. They look to be of a decent diameter, how stout are they? I hate the current composite stuff.

SJ....did I see a picture you posted with them?

 

Soul Poles

http://www.soulpoles.com/our-poles/index.php#!prettyPhoto[original]/0/

 

post #2 of 26

The grips are good and the feel is nice and they look sharp but a very high swing weight since there is no taper. 

post #3 of 26

These became popular here last year amongst the teen skiers.  My impression is that I saw a lot of broken bamboo poles - more so than broken aluminum  poles.  I know two avid 14-year-old skiers who broke the poles within a couple of weeks and went back to Al. 

post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by canadianskier View Post

These became popular here last year amongst the teen skiers.  My impression is that I saw a lot of broken bamboo poles - more so than broken aluminum  poles.  I know two avid 14-year-old skiers who broke the poles within a couple of weeks and went back to Al. 

I'm guessing park play might enter into this? th_dunno-1[1].gif

post #5 of 26

Did you know that the Bryon Friedman of Soul Poles is also a former world cup racer and ski porn musician? 

Check him out.  He has some great stuff. 

 

http://www.bryonfriedmanmusic.com

post #6 of 26

What you need with wood skies with the knob on the end and '60s Bogner stretch pants. 

post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post

I'm guessing park play might enter into this? th_dunno-1%5B1%5D.gif


More all mountain type than park rat when not racing, but this means hucking cliffs, lots of air time, trees and chutes.  Still, Alum poles last longer for these guys and gals in the terrain they ski.

post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post

Anyone skiing with the "modern" bamboo poles out there? I'm interested but curious about the feel. They look to be of a decent diameter, how stout are they? I hate the current composite stuff.

SJ....did I see a picture you posted with them?

 


 

 

 

Yup.....skied 'em much of last year......no gripes a-tall.

 

 

SJ

post #9 of 26

I also saw these poles

http://www.pandapoles.com/

 

I was really tempted to buy a pair, coolness factor... green.... but the price is crazy. I am all for helping out the small american entrenpeneur, and willing to pay a little more to do so, but really how can they command more than the top of the line composite poles from the major manufacturers? Not a great business plan, they need to find a way of bringing down the price.

post #10 of 26

What's the risk of a sharp/splintery-easily-to-impale-oneself catastrophic failure with bamboo poles?

 

That's what I'd be worried about. 

post #11 of 26
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What's the risk of a sharp/splintery-easily-to-impale-oneself catastrophic failure with bamboo poles?

 

That's what I'd be worried about. 

I remember the splinters, did it once as a kid. Almost as bad as carbon fibre, but at least its organic wink.gif

post #12 of 26

One thing I really like about Soul Poles is the ecologically friendly materials and production. 

Every pole is hand made, and every part is either farmed in a friendly manner, or recycled "something or other". 

 

When talking to Clem and Bryon Friedman about them, they told us what the recycled material was that the grips were made of, but I can't (for the life of me) remember what it was. 

post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by bplatt03443 View Post

I also saw these poles

http://www.pandapoles.com/

 

I was really tempted to buy a pair, coolness factor... green.... but the price is crazy. I am all for helping out the small american entrenpeneur, and willing to pay a little more to do so, but really how can they command more than the top of the line composite poles from the major manufacturers? Not a great business plan, they need to find a way of bringing down the price.

 

I paid $60 for a pair of new Soul Poles.....

post #14 of 26
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I paid $60 for a pair of new Soul Poles.....

Where?

post #15 of 26

Ski good or eat wood.. both with regard to what's in your hands and what's in your path..

 

 

 

 

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Our taped bamboo supply should be in the warehouse in the next two weeks. Place your order today to ensure delivery.

Our bamboo pole is the ideal inexpensive solution for use on the hill, parking lot delineation, and more!
post #16 of 26

icon14.gif  icon14.gifroflmao.gif

 

I don't think there is a better way to say it!

post #17 of 26
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post #18 of 26

I am modernizing "old bamboo" - Liljendahl -  poles using Goode grips and ferrules,  3M 5200 and Pettit alkyd varnish.

 

The pole feel is /almost/ as good as the old Scott Taperlite poles, Goode grips aren't really as refined as Scott ones.     Much more responsive (less useless-bendy) than Goode composite shafts, not as dead-feeling as K2 and Swix composites.

post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by justruss View Post

What's the risk of a sharp/splintery-easily-to-impale-oneself catastrophic failure with bamboo poles?

 

That's what I'd be worried about. 

 

Almost none at all.   Bamboo fibers behave like grass fibers not wood fibers and tend to crush internally before the assembly can break.   Sharp edges in bamboo are formed by cutting, not bending-type breaking.

post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post

I am modernizing "old bamboo" - Liljendahl -  poles using Goode grips and ferrules,  3M 5200 and Pettit alkyd varnish.

 

The pole feel is /almost/ as good as the old Scott Taperlite poles, Goode grips aren't really as refined as Scott ones.     Much more responsive (less useless-bendy) than Goode composite shafts, not as dead-feeling as K2 and Swix composites.

 

I don't like the "feel" of composite stuff at all. These will be fun to try and see how they feel compared to my current stout Alu gear.

post #21 of 26

I suspected as much.   The difference between us, then, is that I'm only verry verry picky about composite stuff-   there is one brand I like and maybe two models by other brands that peek into the acceptance door.

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I don't like the "feel" of composite stuff at all.

post #22 of 26

The Panda Poles are so legit! http://www.pandapoles.com/ First of all they are virtually indestructable (check out this vid http://www.pandapoles.com/blogs/pandapoles?page=2 ) Furthermore, they are very unique and highly functional. The ODI bmx style grip is awesome and I like the snag free baskets a lot (here's another vid http://www.pandapoles.com/blogs/pandapoles?page=2 ). These pole are backed by some of the best athletes in the universe who swear by them, keep your eyes peeled, no gimmicks here.

post #23 of 26
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The Panda Poles are so legit! http://www.pandapoles.com/ First of all they are virtually indestructable (check out this vid http://www.pandapoles.com/blogs/pandapoles?page=2 ) Furthermore, they are very unique and highly functional. The ODI bmx style grip is awesome and I like the snag free baskets a lot (here's another vid http://www.pandapoles.com/blogs/pandapoles?page=2 ). These pole are backed by some of the best athletes in the universe who swear by them, keep your eyes peeled, no gimmicks here.

Out of curiosity, have you seen the Soul Poles? 

In your opinion, how would they compare to pandapoles? 

 

The reason I asked is because I've heard the same claims about Soul Poles as you're making about panda by people who ski the GNAR.   

I have not seen panda first hand, but I have seen Soul Poles first hand and am very impressed with the look and feel of the pole as well as the mantra of the company. 

post #24 of 26

i have the komperdell bamboo/composite poles - really light and great swing weight - I would recommend.  

post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by kdaffy View Post

i have the komperdell bamboo/composite poles - really light and great swing weight - I would recommend.  

 

With poles (as well as bindings) I don't mind a little extra weight at all. I like stout, tough, durable...I need 20 years min. service life wink.gif

post #26 of 26

Although a starting price of $85 is a little above average for ski poles, Panda Poles are not average ski poles. Rather than being made in a factory in China by someone who could care less about skiing, Panda Poles are hand crafted in the Wasatch by free skiers and mountain mystics! If breaking is of concern with bamboo ski poles, don't worry! These are the most durable intergalactic bamboo ski poles in the Universe!  We put a "Single Season" 180 day warranty on our sticks. And not only does bamboo grow faster than aluminum or carbon fiber, it is just dead sexy compared with the other two options. 

 

Note:

In testing our bamboo (a very durable species), we've found that it frays into small strands of grass, rather than sharp shards, with little risk of stabbing.

Panda Poles are customizable with 3 choices of basket, 3 choices of grips, 3 choices of straps, and 2 choices of bamboo, with prices ranging from $85-$145.

 

So not only are Panda Poles extremely durable, hand crafted, customizable, and dead sexy, they also feature the world's first Zero Drag Powder Basket, which works incredibly well on powdery traverses, but never snags in trees or rocks. These baskets were designed for skiers like Oakley White-Allen, Mark Abma, Drew Tabke, Julian Carr, and a whole list of athletes who choose to ski with the poles.

 

We at Panda Poles know the guys at Soul Poles and love what they are doing. These guys are the real deal and have an amazing manufacturing process, molding their own grips out of rubber regrinds, in house. We make our poles in a 130 sq. foot trailer with very little overhead, while they have a multi thousand square ft. warehouse and machines that are worth more than our whole operation. We at Panda view them as complimentary rather than competitively: Both companies are pushing the same message, have the best intentions in mind, and each one fills a specific niche in the market, while simultaneously promoting sustainable living. And we aren't alone in bringing back bamboo. Spirit Creations out of Washington were the first guys to bring this concept back to market back in 2010.

 

Who we are, and what we represent...

 

The Most Durable Intergalactic Bamboo Ski Poles in the Universe!

 

So although bamboo poles are nothing new, Panda Poles puts a twist on the concept, fusing tradition with technology, while keeping ecological sustainability first in mind. Be sure to check out all of our videos on Vimeo, keep up with us on Facebook, and we hope to get a pair of Pandas in your paws sometime soon!

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